Safeguards against misuse of genetic data urged

Recent scientific progress includes the mapping of the entire human genetic code, or genome, which was completed in 2003, and ...

Breakthrough in stem cell technology a first in Africa

A team of researchers at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is the first in Africa to establish ...

Genes culled from desert soils suggest potential medical resource

Despite their ecologic similarity, soils from three geographically distinct areas of the American southwest harbor vastly different collections of small, ...

Stem cells take root in drug development

Stem cells have assumed near-mythical status in the popular imagination as a possible cure for every disease under the sun ...

Researchers find a way to delay aging of stem cells

Now, researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies have uncovered a series of biological events that implicate the stem ...

Size and stickiness predict stem cell future

The size and consistency of fat-derived stem cells can predict what type of cell they will become—findings that could lead ...

Study finds voter genetics may predict election outcomes

New studies led by researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) shows specific genetic traits may predispose people to ...

Stem cells to optimize match between patient and medication

One of the biggest barriers to the development of new medical therapies is the cost of taking a new drug ...
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Mechanical properties of stem cells can foretell what they will become

To become better healers, tissue engineering need a timely and reliable way to obtain enough raw materials: cells that either ...

Personalized genetic testing not ready says medical group

Getting personalized genetic tests that can pinpoint your risk of developing a number of diseases like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's or ...

Stem cells to optimize match between patient and medication

One of the biggest barriers to the development of new medical therapies is the cost of taking a new drug ...

Rapid DNA sequencing may soon be routine part of each patient’s medical record

Rapid DNA sequencing may soon become a routine part of each individual's medical record, providing enormous information previously sequestered in ...

Placental stem cells with key therapeutic properties can be harvested

Scientists at Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) led by Vladimir Serikov, MD, PhD, and Frans Kuypers, PhD, report in ...

Scientists discover marker to identify, attack breast cancer stem cells

Breast cancer stem cells wear a cell surface protein that is part nametag and part bull's eye, identifying them as ...

New drug shows we must overcome taboos about stem-cell research

I'll be the first to admit that stem-cell research, as we typically view it, troubles me in many ways. The ...

By accident, scientists discover how commonest DNA replication error is corrected

Scientists have discovered the enzyme in our cells which corrects the most frequently occurring mistake in DNA as cells divide ...

Human genes transplanted into zebrafish: Helps identify genes related to autism, schizophrenia and obesity

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center transplanted a set of human genes into a zebrafish and then used it to ...

Study identifies how skeletal muscle stem cells respond to muscle injury

A study conducted by Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland scientists identifies how skeletal muscle stem cells respond to muscle ...
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Stem cell therapy to treat a chimp’s torn ACL may prove beneficial for humans

Veterinarians hope a new medical procedure can treat a 25-year-old chimpanzee with a torn ACL, or anterior cruciate ligament, at ...
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Is choosing a sperm donor a roll of the genetic dice?

Sharine and Brian Kretchmar of Yukon, Okla., tried a number of medical treatments to conceive a second child. After a ...
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Stem cells shield can protect patients from chemotherapy

It may be possible to use "stem cell shielding" to protect the body from the damaging effects of chemotherapy, early ...
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FDA approves experimental stem cell therapy to help deaf ear repair itself

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved a groundbreaking trial by the University of Texas Medical School at ...

University study finds mixed reception of genetic testing

Researchers at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine have found that patients see both benefits and risks from direct-to-consumer ...

Toothless no more- Researchers using stem cells to grow teeth

It may be hard to remember what it was like to lose a tooth as a child, but many adults ...

International study hopes to identify genetic markers to predict response to antidepressants

A group of research centers spanning five continents is in the middle of a clinical trial intended to identify genetic ...
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Genes & obesity

The latest Genomics & Health Impact Update has a primer on genetic links to obesity—a must read. It also links ...

Enzyme corrects more than one million faults in DNA replication

Scientists from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) at the University of Edinburgh have ...

Scientists now raise fears on safety of GMOs

Dr Lubano Kizito of the Kenya Medical Research Institute said the human health is crucial and thus safety issues that ...