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Facing accusations that its cancer designations are politicized, WHO’s IARC may lose US funding

Members of the House Appropriations Committee are threatening to withhold funding for the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC), whose ...
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Is there a link between food allergies and autism?

A new study from researchers at the University of Iowa reveals a link between food allergies and autism, though many ...
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California agency rejects Prop 65, sets aside ruling requiring that coffee carry a cancer warning

On [June 15th], the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) proposed a regulation that would exempt coffee from requiring ...
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We’ve been dealing with bubonic plague for 4,000 years, DNA analysis of ancient skeletons shows

Recently, the examination of two 3,800-year old skeletons revealed the presence of a Yersinia pestis strain, famously the bacterium that causes plague. This ...
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Fighting disease, not making money, focus of new Gates Foundation biotech institute

There’s a new biotech in town. And it doesn’t care about making money. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has ...
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Genetically engineered monkeys? China is using them for autism research

[MIT genetics researcher Guoping] Feng now travels to China several times a year, because there, he can pursue research he ...
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Using CRISPR to block production of HIV in infected cells

Contracting HIV is no longer the death sentence that it was in the 1980s and early 90s. The first cases ...
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2 brain tests could lead to better autism treatments

For the first time, new research from the University of Missouri provides evidence that there may be a correlation between ...
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Biotech executive facing end-stage cancer and the seduction of experimental drugs

For years, Michael Becker was one of the drug executives navigating swarms of cancer doctors at the annual meeting of ...
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Can we figure out how to get new drugs to the market faster?

Have you heard the oft-repeated “fact” that it takes at least 10 years from initial discovery for a new drug ...
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Right to try? Drug companies can’t be forced to let terminal patients try experimental treatments

Just after her second birthday, additional testing, including an MRI of her brain and spine followed by a genetic analysis, ...
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Viewpoint: Expansion of BRCA screening creates need to know more about breast cancer, treatments

Consumer DNA tests can now check for breast-cancer-causing BRCA mutations, however, cancer risk is highly misunderstood ...
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Video: How gene drives could use ‘selfish’ genes to eradicate malaria

The invention of the CRISPR gene editing tool has injected new life into a line of research called gene drive ...
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Can a drug help us grow old without our bodies falling apart?

The idea behind [Biotech startup] Unity—preventing aging—sounds crazy, but it’s backed by dozens of scientific papers, the key two in Nature ...
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Immunotherapy dilemma: When should untested therapies be prescribed for cancer patients?

Immunotherapy is a source of great hope in cancer care. It has rescued some patients from the brink, while giving others a ...
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‘Uncertainty is over’ for breast cancer patients considering chemotherapy

For many breast cancer patients, one of the most difficult treatment decisions is whether or not to go through chemotherapy ...
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Synthego’s pre-edited genetic material makes CRISPR research faster and easier

Synthego, a provider of gene editing services for genomics research and experimentation, has launched a new suite of products that ...
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Cancer patient’s ‘spontaneous remission’—not her diet—will be included in Harvard study

Over the past few weeks, multiple media outlets have written about Kathy Bero, a 54-year-old woman who claims her breast cancer 12 years ago ...
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Genetically modified mosquitos could eliminate malaria, if we’re willing to take risk

[Kevin] Esvelt is a biologist at MIT and the first person to formulate a technology known as a CRISPR gene ...
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‘I’m the golden guinea pig’: New immunotherapy ‘eliminated’ aggressive breast cancer

[S]cientists have reported a new approach that eliminated all evidence of advanced-stage breast cancer in a 49-year-old woman who had ...
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Can a mutation protect against Alzheimer’s?

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science in Japan have discovered a mutation that can protect against Alzheimer’s disease ...
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Preventing Alzheimer’s: Is Lisa Mosconi’s ‘brain food’ diet anything more than pseudoscience?

Lisa Mosconi has a web and media presence and a book Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power ...
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Who should pay for million-dollar life-saving gene therapies?

While life-changing and life-saving gene therapies are going on the market, they have price tags that many cannot pay for ...
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Treating alpha thalassemia major with prenatal blood transfusions, bone marrow transplant

In the three months before she was even born, Elianna Constantino received five blood transfusions and a bone-marrow transplant. All ...
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Genes linked to schizophrenia significantly increase risk if there are pregnancy complications

Far be it from us to tell 23andMe how to run its business, but if it or any other DNA company wants ...
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Can the Egyptian fruit bat’s unusual genome show us how to fight deadly Marburg virus?

The Egyptian fruit bat's immune system enables it to peacefully co-exist with Marburg virus, which can cause a swiftly deadly ...
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Faulty gene may be link between heart failure and alcohol use

Scientists have discovered a new link between alcohol, genes and heart health. They found a faulty gene may interact with ...
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The genetics behind malaria’s evolution into a deadly global killer

The secrets of how malaria became a human-killer have been revealed by a genetic study. The work, led by researchers ...

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