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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 ...
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DNA databases as crime deterrent: As more ‘cold cases’ are solved, are would-be criminals growing wary?

Some research suggests the mere existence of DNA databases may now be helping to prevent crime. But even if that’s ...
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Are we ignoring ‘staggering risks’ of human gene editing, including a wider gap between haves and have nots?

Biologists recently revealed a new form of the gene-editing tool known as Crispr that allows researchers to make precise changes ...
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Viewpoint: Consumer genetic tests and scant privacy protections give us reason to be ‘terrified’

[Y]ou don’t have to be Orwell to understand that the decision to allow a profit-driven company to analyze a person’s ...
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It’s been a year since the CRISPR baby controversy. Why are we still without global gene-editing rules?

Around this time last November, Chinese scientist He Jiankui stunned the world when he revealed the birth of the first ...
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Bluebird Bio defends as ‘simple and human’ its pricing of costly gene therapy for beta thalassemia

[J]ust as we spent the past years cracking the code to make gene therapy work, we now need to work ...
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Religious beliefs shape our thinking on cloning, stem cells and gene editing

Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam react to new technologies in their own ways ...
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Second RNAi-based drug gains FDA approval, targeting rare genetic condition causing severe abdominal pain

The FDA has approved the second-ever drug based on a Nobel prize-winning technique known as RNA interference, Alnylam’s givosiran. The ...
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Why the controversial—and retracted—paper linking vaccines and autism is one of the most cited papers of all time

Six librarians from institutions in Wisconsin had a question: “What are the characteristics of citations of the retracted 1998 article ...
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Gene-editing pioneer Jennifer Doudna calls for greater accountability on anniversary of China scientist CRISPR gene editing human embryo

There are key moments in the history of every disruptive technology that can make or break its public perception and ...
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China’s new Alzheimer drug greeted with ‘surprise and skepticism’ by researchers

China’s approval of the drug oligomannate earlier this month for treating mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease has been met with surprise and ...
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AI ethics can’t come from human medicine: Principles that guide doctors would ‘make no sense’ to a machine

The four core principles of medical ethics are respect for autonomy (patients should have control over how they are treated), ...
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‘Game changer’ for genetic privacy: Court forces GEDmatch to open its million-person genealogy database to police scrutiny

A Florida state judge has reportedly allowed police to search the entirety of the public genealogy website GEDmatch — home ...
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Second psychopharmacology revolution: New drugs could change the way we treat depression

The field of psychopharmacology was born during the 15 years between 1955 and 1970. Now, nearly 60 years later, the field of psychiatry may ...
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Can genetic screening help identify soldiers less likely to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder?

Research offers new support for the idea that genetics can play a key role in determining why some people develop ...
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Privacy concerns: Mental health apps may be selling your data to third parties, including Google, Facebook

Apps spell big business in the healthcare industry: Dozens of apps are marketed to people with conditions including depression, anxiety ...