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Kidney cancer: New DNA test can measure whether tumor might be fatal

Hundreds of people with kidney cancer could be spared surgery with a DNA test that can identify whether tumours are ...
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Why does a drug work for you, but not for your sibling or friend? It’s in the genes

If you think you're not getting the same benefit from an over-the-counter medicine you've taken that others are getting, your ...
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Landmark cancer tumor drug Keytruda hampered by glitches

A landmark cancer drug approved last year seemed to herald a long-anticipated change in the treatment of some tumours: with ...
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How we can make vaccines more effective in newborns

The immune system is known for its ability to remember its response to pathogens, leading to more efficient clearance of ...
Proposed Chinese cancer mega-center named after Nobel laureate James Watson may refocus on precision medicine

Proposed Chinese cancer mega-center named after Nobel laureate James Watson may refocus on precision medicine

James Watson, the Nobel laureate who turns 90 this week, was front and center on a red-carpeted stage before an ...
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Viewpoint: Peggy Sarlin’s ‘Awakening from Alzheimer’s’ offers ‘false claims, false hope’

[S]cientists are diligently working to understand [Alzheimer’s] disease and find an effective treatment. Others apparently think they needn’t bother. A ...
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CRISPR 2.0: Tweaking gene editing tool to revolutionize precision medicine

CRISPR has been hailed as one of the most promising gene editing technologies and promises to revolutionize precision medicine and ...
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‘Game changer’ for Huntington’s? New genetic treatments on horizon

“It came completely out of the blue,” says James*. They had thought it was his father’s knees that were the ...
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Bill Gates endorses CRISPR gene editing to spur food, medical innovation

Philanthropist Bill Gates today strongly endorsed new gene editing techniques such as CRISPR, saying they could help humanity overcome some ...
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Video: How genetics is revolutionizing medicine and disease research

This three-part series of documentary shorts, produced by Retro Report in partnership with STAT, looks back at the roots of three of ...
How non-coding 'junk' DNA can influence cancer growth

How non-coding ‘junk’ DNA can influence cancer growth

Most of the human genome — 98 percent — is made up of DNA but doesn’t actually encode genes, the ...
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CRISPR paired with DNA barcoding could track cancer growth

Stanford scientists have found a way to modify pairs of cancer-related genes in the lungs of mice and then precisely ...
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Autism treatment could be found through cancer drug

A low dose of a drug used to treat lymphoma may ease social problems in some forms of autism, a ...
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Money magnets: Wall Street enamored by promise of human gene editing, gene therapies

Venture capitalists and investors are pouring money into the genomics sector, seeking to capitalize on breakthroughs in CRISPR gene editing ...
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Viewpoint: Time to reassess Nazi Hans Asperger’s role in study of autism

I have spent the past seven years researching the Nazi past of Dr. Hans Asperger. Asperger is credited with shaping ...
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Tracking the role of tau protein in Alzheimer’s

Jhon Kennedy’s relatives understood the illness they faced. For more than three decades, researchers there have been tracking a genetic ...
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Viewpoint: 10 things everyone should know about autism

I offer 10 things I wish everyone knew about autism. I'm a developmental and behavioral pediatrician specializing in autism spectrum ...
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Faulty wiring? Tracing damaged circuits linked to autism, schizophrenia

Neuroscientists today know a lot about how individual neurons operate but remarkably little about how large numbers of them work ...
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Caught stealing GMO seeds, Chinese scientist gets 10 years in US prison

A Chinese scientist in Kansas was sentenced on Wednesday [April 4] to more than 10 years in a federal prison ...
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No chemotherapy: Attacking cancer with immunotherapy ‘vaccine’

A recent Stanford cancer study that cured 97 percent of mice from tumors has now moved on to soliciting human ...
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Rewriting life’s code: Researchers want to synthesize the entire human genome

[Researcher George] Church is one of the leaders of an initiative called the Genome Project-­Write, or GP-Write, which is organizing ...
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Should we use gene editing to save obscure tree ‘with no commercial value’?

The growing forest health crisis is forcing scientists, conservationists, and the public to answer some of conservation biology’s thorniest questions ...
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25 years of GMO crops: Economic, environmental and human health benefits

Since the first GMO crop was developed in 1994, genetically modified foods have provided countries around the world with economic, ...
We know the placebo effect is biological. Is it also genetic?

We know the placebo effect is biological. Is it also genetic?

We know that the placebo effect is in part biological: expectations of receiving a palliative leads to brain changes. Are ...
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Gene-edited crops vs GMOs: What’s the difference—and why does it matter?

Gene editing has an advantage over genetic modification for several reasons. It’s more precise than GMO processes, and technology keeps ...
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Infertility could be ended with emerging technologies, including CRISPR

Through an emerging technology called in vitro gametogenesis (or IVG), scientists are learning how to convert adult human cells—taken perhaps ...
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Sri Lankan chemistry professor: Lift the glyphosate ban, which was based on pseudoscience

As a Professor of Chemistry and University President who in a small way pioneered environmental science and food technology in the 1970s ...
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‘Star cluster’ genetic analysis illuminates history’s social inequalities

In humans, the profound biological differences that exist between the sexes mean that a single male is physically capable of ...