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Fetal tissue research restrictions disrupting studies into major diseases, including AIDS, Down syndrome, diabetes

A recent Trump administration decision to limit funding of research that uses fetal tissue is already disrupting research into major ...
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Some patients in vegetative states have functioning minds. Keeping them alive may amount to ‘torture’

[Researchers] have convincingly demonstrated that a subset of individuals in persistent vegetative states have meaningfully functioning minds — even as ...
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39 biotech experts’ open letter protests anti-GMO activist Vandana Shiva’s ‘anti-science’ talks at Stanford and UC Santa Cruz

An activist who compares GMOs to rape and fertilizers to war should not be given a platform ...
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Collecting DNA samples from migrant detainees opens door to enhanced government surveillance

[T]he United States government will begin collecting DNA samples from thousands of people detained by immigration officials, including minors, and ...
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CBD fraud? Fate of controversial CBD industry could be decided by lawsuits alleging misleading marketing

Since the Food and Drug Administration can’t figure out whether supplements that contain cannabidiol, the marijuana-adjacent oil known as CBD, are ...
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Forecasting: 2020 could bring major advances in gene therapies and pig-to-human organ transplants

Here are two stories in biotech we’re keeping our eyes on. Although successes likely won’t come to fruition this year ...
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Do genetics determine our political beliefs? Why twin studies may not be able to answer the question

In the late 1960s, researchers began to consider the interaction between genes and environment as a possible basis for all ...
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Will 2020 see the debut of promising gene therapy for hemophilia A? It’s up to the FDA.

Hemophilia A gene therapy has been twenty years in the making ...
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DNA to be collected from migrants in custody through Trump administration pilot program

The Trump administration will begin collecting DNA samples from some migrants in US Customs and Border Protection custody as part ...
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Viewpoint: In 100 years, we’ll be honoring controversial CRISPR scientist He Jiankui

When I saw the news that He Jiankui and colleagues had been sentenced to three years in prison for the first human ...
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‘Strange’ decade gave us CRISPR, gene therapy advances and a Neanderthal genome

[H]ere, we present some of the innovations, both conceptual and technological, that stood out throughout the past decade. … In ...
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Would the US prosecute a rogue scientist like China’s He Jiankui who illegally gene edited an embryo?

13 months after He Jiankui announced that he had created the world’s first gene-edited babies, the Chinese scientist was sentenced to ...
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Viewpoint: Price controls would stifle private sector innovation that gives us most of our new biomedical drugs

The false maxim that the government is primarily responsible for all innovation has been refuted through published literature in peer-reviewed ...
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Viewpoint: We need ‘public buy-in’ before moving forward on human gene editing

In response to [China's controversial CRISPR babies], the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), the Chinese Academies of ...
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Emergency approval sends new oral polio vaccine to front lines, bypassing clinical trials

To stem a growing polio crisis, health officials are accelerating the development of a new oral vaccine with plans for emergency ...
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Controversial treatment for dwarfism meets clinical trial goals. Is FDA approval coming?

A treatment for the most common cause of dwarfism met its goal of increasing height in a pivotal study, the ...
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Podcast: How precision, customized medicine is reshaping health care

For all the life-saving pharmaceuticals, surgeries and devices it provides, modern medicine is still rather imprecise. Chemotherapy drugs, for instance, ...
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Modern love or eugenics? Genetics pioneer George Church’s dating app matches DNA to ‘wipe out’ inherited disease

George Church made a passing comment about a genetic dating app his lab was developing that he said could wipe ...
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Would price controls hamper research on gene therapy and other innovative treatments?

Over the next decade, it is a near certainty that we will have gene-therapy cures for deadly inherited disorders such ...
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Genetics pioneer George Church on support for human gene editing: As long as it’s open to everyone—rich or poor

Is it ethical to genetically engineer people? Leading geneticist George Church spends a lot of time thinking about the answer ...
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Viewpoint: Regulatory hurdles keep life-saving, plant-made vaccines off the market

Plant-made vaccines have been in the pipeline for nearly thirty years. Generated stably in transgenic plants or transiently using virus ...
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Chronic pain relief: Why Gabapentin may not be a ‘safe’ alternative to opioids

Gabapentin was supposed to be the answer. Chronic pain afflicts about a fifth of American adults, and for years, doctors thought it ...
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Viewpoint: Battling antibiotic resistance requires ‘detection, prevention, innovation’ to counter rising threats

The latest Antibiotic Resistance Threats Report, recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows that antibiotic-resistant (AR) infections ...
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$1 million for anti-aging gene therapy? ‘Dubious’ treatment raises ethical concerns

Would you pay $1 million and fly to South America for a chance to live longer? Libella Gene Therapeutics, a ...
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First chimeric part-monkey piglets born in China

Scientists in China created piglets whose organs contained some monkey cells. The piglets all died within a week, illustrating the challenges ...
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Viewpoint: Spinal muscular atrophy treatment Zolgensma a gene therapy trailblazer, despite controversy

In August, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave drug manufacturer AveXis, Inc, a subsidiary of Novartis AG, a ...
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Brave new world? Why the public might be ready for gene-edited babies

Gene-editing tools like CRISPR/Cas9 are rapidly bringing the possibilities forward ...
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China wants to use DNA to map faces. Is it a technology for ‘hunting people’?

Chinese scientists are trying to find a way to use a DNA sample to create an image of a person’s ...