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Evidence matters in genomic medicine: Cancer genomic tests

In a previous blog, CDC’s Office of Public Health Genomics announced a list of health-related genomic tests and applications, stratified ...

Newborn screening can help prevent problems

Newborn babies are screened, even if they look healthy, because some medical conditions cannot be seen by just looking at ...
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Organic myth: No evidence that expensive ‘natural’ foods are healthier or better for the environment

There is remarkably little difference in nutritional value or risk for bacterial contamination between more expensive organic and conventional foods ...
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What does cheap genome sequencing mean for the future of medicine?

The human genome has been heralded as the key to personalized medicine, but for the longest time complete sequencing of ...

Researchers find genetic signs of human migrations and marriage practices

Your genome is a window onto your heritage – or, more precisely, several windows. There are the marks left by ...

Can early menopause be cured? A genetic mouse model may pave the way

Scientists have established a genetic mouse model for primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), a human condition in which women experience irregular ...

Ancient human kin’s DNA code illuminates rise of brains

DNA analysis of an extinct human ancestor that lived 80,000 years ago has pinpointed fundamental genes tied to the brain’s ...
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Gene control, delivered directly to the brain , could help cure diseases

A biotech company called Alnylam announced today that a small clinical trial for a genetic therapy based on RNA interference, ...

Synthetic ‘upgrade’ for fruit fly’s DNA

The genetic code of the fruit fly Drosophila has been hacked into, allowing it to make proteins with properties that ...

Genetically engineering ‘ethical’ babies is a moral obligation, says Oxford professor

Professor Julian Savulescu said that creating so-called designer babies could be considered a "moral obligation" as it makes them grow ...

Scientists to hunt for lifesaving information buried in cradle-to-grave data collected by doctors and hospitals

A revolution in medical research in Britain is to give academics and the life sciences industry unparalleled access to the ...
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Unsung heroes behind those big genomics breakthroughs

Sometimes, when scientific research is done right, it may also be completely invisible to the public, who may never know ...
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DNA sleuths cure hospital infections

In one of the nation's most sophisticated hospitals, genome sequencing helped cure a deadly infection that spread through the hospital ...
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US court upholds federal funding for stem cell research

A federal appeals court has ruled that because no human embryos are destroyed in human embryonic stem cell research studies ...

Synthetic future: Harvard Medical School professor leads effort to streamline biological engineering

If the field of synthetic biology lives up to its promise, says Harvard Medical School Professor Pamela Silver, cheap, fast ...

Low oxygen boosts stem cell survival in muscular dystrophy therapy

Controlling the amount of oxygen that stem cells are exposed to can significantly increase the effectiveness of a procedure meant ...

DNA deletions promote cancer, collateral damage makes it vulnerable

Genomic deletions promote cancer by carving up or eliminating tumor-suppressor genes, but now scientists report in the journal Nature that ...
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Public benefits of whole genome sequencing

Rapid advances in genomic sequencing technologies are making the possibility of reliable and affordable whole genome sequencing (WGS) a reality ...

Stem cell therapy for Autism to be tested in first trial

Researchers are recruiting autistic children for a study that will test whether injecting stem cells banked from their umbilical cords ...

Stem cell therapy shows promise in repairing stress urinary incontinence

Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can occur due to sneezing, coughing, exercising or even laughing and happens because the pelvic floor ...

Gene therapy applied to peripheral arterial disease

Hepatocyte growth factor (HGF) gene therapy could be used to treat patients with severe peripheral arterial disease (PAD), suggest results ...
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Book written in DNA code

Scientists have for the first time used DNA to encode the contents of a book. At 53,000 words, and including ...

Research on pain medicines seeks a genetic-trait link

An international research team is launching an ambitious effort to determine whether everyday painkillers like Celebrex and Aleve could be ...

Finnish biobank project receives EU funding

The University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital have received funding for the establishment of a joint biobank from ...
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Search for Parkinson’s genes turns to online social networking

There's a growing interest in what our genes say about our health. And in recent years, quite a few companies ...

Creating a future of personalized medicine

As a key step toward providing patients with treatments based on their own DNA profiles, the International Genomics Consortium (IGC) ...
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Dysfunction at FDA threatens medical genetics industry

According to Jon Entine, after a series of stumbles and scandals, the Food and Drug Administration’s ability to oversee the ...
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Genetic patent stunner: Myriad wins appeal, retains patent to BRCA tests

Snubbing a recommendation by the Supreme Court, a federal appeals court in Washington, in a 2:1 decision, upheld patents issued ...