India: Becoming a powerhouse of innovation for neglected diseases and biotech drugs

The BRIC countries -- Brazil, Russia, India, and China -- are playing an increasingly important role in innovation. Their growing ...
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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 ...

Certain human diseases may have evolutionary epigenetic origins

Ninety-six percent of a chimpanzee's genome is the same as a human's. It's the other 4 percent, and the vast ...
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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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Gene studies pose ethical dilemma when disease mutations are found

In laboratories around the world, genetic researchers using tools that are ever more sophisticated to peer into the DNA of ...
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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 ...

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 ...
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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 ...

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) ...

Man’s best friend points the way in genetics research

Dogs may soon become man's best friend on a level that goes far beyond companionship and loyalty. Researchers report that ...
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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 ...

As prices for prenatal genome sequencing tests fall, some worry about consequences for families in a real-life ‘Gattaca’

If you could know your unborn child's entire genetic makeup, would you want to? Researchers believe that tests that detail ...

Key West, Florida, says NO to genetically engineered mosquitoes

Dengue Fever afflicts millions of people around the world. It is a virus that is spread by a specific mosquito, ...
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Newton’s Law: If an apple hits you on the head it can rewire your genetic circuitry, creating a savant

Getting smacked in the head is no picnic, as most football players, hockey players, and boxers would attest. Debilitating side ...
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Behind the hype on stem cells

There's a lot of hype about the potential for stem cells to revolutionise medicine, but the race to innovation shouldn't ...

Genetic studies give clues to Tourette Syndrome and OCD

Two new large-scale studies searching for the genetic links to a couple of relatively common psychiatric conditions show how difficult ...

Gene discovery could improve treatment for acute myeloid leukemia

Scientists have made a discovery involving mice and humans that could mean that people with acute myeloid leukemia, a usually ...

Frozen human embryos yield viable stem cells biomedical research

Even after being frozen for 18 years, human embryos can be thawed, grown in the laboratory, and successfully induced to ...