FDA releases guidelines to fast-track new generation of fast-acting antidepressants

FDA releases guidelines to fast-track new generation of fast-acting antidepressants

As companies race to develop fast-acting antidepressants, they are grappling with how to design clinical trials for a type of ...
Gene drives could speed up inheritance of certain beneficial traits in mammals, study finds

Gene drives could speed up inheritance of certain beneficial traits in mammals, study finds

Researchers have used CRISPR, the genome editing tool, to speed the inheritance of specific genes in mammals for the first ...
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Can we delay aging by killing off old cells with powerful drug combo?

We have a good idea of what makes individual cells old. Things like DNA damage, shortened chromosome ends, and a ...
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‘Scientific gold rush’ created by quest for universal immunotherapy

The drug industry has made a mint on immunotherapies for cancer, but those game-changing treatments don’t work for most people’s tumors ...
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This 11-year-old girl inherited her genes almost entirely from one parent, her father

An 11-year-old girl from the Czech Republic was born with genes that came almost entirely from her father, instead of ...
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Molecular pharming: Could cancer treatments one day grow on trees?

Could you imagine a world in which clinical treatments for illnesses such as cancer grew on trees? Professor Julian Ma ...
'Wake-up call'? CRISPR gene editing may cause 'genetic havoc', study suggests

‘Wake-up call’? CRISPR gene editing may cause ‘genetic havoc’, study suggests

From the earliest days of the CRISPR-Cas9 era, scientists have known that the first step in how it edits genomes — snipping ...
In lower risk groups, lifestyle, rather than genetics, plays the largest role in diabetes and heart disease, study shows

In lower risk groups, lifestyle, rather than genetics, plays the largest role in diabetes and heart disease, study shows

The data-miners have found a new vein of data, the UK Biobank, which contains genetic information on about 500,000 of ...
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Scientists find ‘glimmer of hope’ in early HIV vaccine trial

There may be a glimmer of hope in the fight to protect people from HIV-1, the most widespread type of ...
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Alternate facts: Why are we still telling women that abortion causes breast cancer?

On June 26th, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of crisis pregnancy centers that were challenging a California law, the Reproductive ...
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Medical marijuana and pain control: Study casts doubt on drug’s effectiveness

Depending on who you listen to, medical cannabis is either a rising star in the world of therapeutics or an ...
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Blood test could tell doctors when to use immunotherapy against cancer

Some cancers generate the seeds of their own destruction. Certain random mutations that accumulate in rapidly dividing tumor cells can ...
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Marijuana-derived epilepsy drug might pave the way for GMO cannabis research

Legal hurdles to exploring marijuana’s medicinal properties might soon fall in the wake of the US Food and Drug Administration’s ...
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Proteogenomics: Forging a new path in precision medicine

Integrating its parent fields of proteomics and genomics with transcriptomics, proteogenomics is the latest in a series of ‘omics technologies ...
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Is the key to treating or preventing autism hiding in the gut microbiome?

Studies have connected the brain and the microbiome through what’s becoming known as the “gut-brain-axis.” The mystery of our microbiota ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s how the New York Times botched an op-ed about placebos

As part of the continuing decline of the New York Times, we have this new op-ed by Steve Petrow, a writer ...
7-1-2018 Immunotherapy

Making CAR-T cancer treatments less risky with ‘safety switches’ and precision targeting

A majority of patients who receive CAR-T cell therapy react [with] varying degrees of severity. Those same T cells that ...
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This virus is attracted to cancer cells. Will it give us new treatments?

Historically, bacteria, parasites, and viruses have been considered dangerous because they spread infectious diseases. But scientists have started to try ...
Adaptive Oncogenesis: Alternative to 'brute force' cancer cures, which often leave patients severely damaged

Adaptive Oncogenesis: Alternative to ‘brute force’ cancer cures, which often leave patients severely damaged

In Darwinian evolution, organisms that are well-adapted to their environments flourish and crowd out those that aren’t. My colleagues and ...
Could genetically modified polio virus treat brain tumors?

Could genetically modified polio virus treat brain tumors?

A genetically modified polio virus improved the longer-term survival of patients with a lethal type of brain tumor, according to ...
Breast cancer risk actually decreases as women under 55 gain weight, study shows

Breast cancer risk actually decreases as women under 55 gain weight, study shows

A new, large-scale breast cancer study of women who had not yet reached menopause produced a surprising result: as body ...
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Fighting disease with genetically modified bacteria

Several companies are testing whether engineered bacteria can treat conditions that affect the brain, liver and other organs — and ...
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Schizophrenia, depression, biopolar disorder share ‘overlapping’ mutations

Is lower academic achievement in early life tied to the same gene changes as an increased risk for Alzheimer’s in ...
6-26-2018 HOME FOR THE AGED

Immunotherapy can provide ‘spectacular results’. But how effective is it for the elderly?

Immunotherapy is effective against a variety of cancers, with sometimes spectacular results. But I worry about how effective it is in ...
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Here’s how we can defend ourselves against bioweapons

It may only be a matter of time before synthetic biology, such as weaponized pathogens, finds its way into a ...
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Insulin pill could replace daily injections for diabetics

An insulin pill for people with diabetes could be in the offing, say researchers, providing hope that a daily regime ...
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Synthetic ‘skin’ could return pain sensations to users of prosthetic limbs

Current prosthetic limbs aren’t yet capable of transmitting complex sensations like texture or pain to the user, but a recent ...
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5 things science gained from Henrietta Lacks’ cells

[Henrietta Lacks’ cancer cells,] HeLa cells, have enabled scientists around the world to make great leaps in science and medicine ...