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Researchers discover gene mutations that causes paralysis in patients from childhood

Alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC) is a very rare disorder that causes paralysis that freezes one side of the body ...

Fruit flies light the way to pinpoint genetic changes that spell cancer

By studying fruit flies, scientists at A*STAR’s Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB) have successfully devised a fast and ...

Bananas and genetic engineering: Past, present and future

Scientists are fighting to protect the hundreds of bananas and plantains people eat around the world from a blizzard of ...
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Is personalized medicine a myth?

The intersection of technology, science, medicine and design has led to an explosion of apps for monitoring blood pressure, glucose ...

New gene mutation associated with Congenital Myopathy

University of Michigan researchers have discovered a new cause of congenital myopathy: a mutation in a previously uncharacterized gene, according ...

Olympic medicine: Are elite athletes really healthier than the rest of us?

As Los Angeles Times science writer Jon Bardin wrote in a recent article, “There are numerous genetic factors known to ...
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Genes influence whether psych drugs lead to weight gain

Researchers have discovered two genetic variants associated with substantial, rapid weight gain in people taking antipsychotic medications. The researchers said ...

New genomic sequencing method enables ‘smarter’ anaysis of individual cells

Research published in the July 22 issue of Nature Biotechnology, shows for the first time that a novel genomic sequencing ...
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Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease research makes advances with stem cells

Two groups of Parkinson's and Huntington's researchers working in 13 labs nationwide have used advanced stem-cell technology to make human ...

What causes stem cells to become harmful cancer cells? Scientists may have discovered the reason why

Stem cells hold great promise for the medicine of the future, but they can also be a cause of disease ...
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Ruling frees FDA to crack down on stem cell clinics

It's official: stem cells are drugs. At least, that's the opinion of the US district court in Washington DC, which ...

After media pressure, insurer relents, makes exception to pay for kids’ genetic tests

WellPoint Inc. says it will pay for DNA testing for three children to see whether they have inherited from their ...

The great gene-patent debate contines: Does it help or hinder research?

An ongoing legal battle over gene patents has led many scientists to ask whether such claims help or hinder research ...

Enzyme’s ability to ‘hop’ as it moves along DNA offers tips on epigenetic gene expression

UC Santa Barbara researchers' discovery of a variation of an enzyme's ability to "hop" as it moves along DNA, modifying ...

Want to fight wrinkles? Some south Floridians are trying the “stem cell makeover”

It’s fairly widely known that stem cells can mean life-saving treatments for deadly diseases. Now, they are being used in ...
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Vast gene study raises hope for colon cancer drugs

More than 200 researchers investigating colon cancer tumors have found genetic vulnerabilities that could lead to powerful new treatments. The ...
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The future is now: Gene therapy to take flight in Europe

After many years of crushed expectations, gene therapy could be close to a victory: a regulatory approval ...

European regulators back western world’s first gene therapy drug

European regulators have recommended approval of the Western world's first gene therapy drug -- after rejecting it on three previous ...
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FDA balances costs, patient safety in the biologics and personalized medicine revolution

Sometimes what you see is not all you get. Whether or not you support healthcare reform, the implementation of any ...
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Florida could gain a new resident: The genetically engineered mosquito

The British biotechnology firm Oxitec has applied to the FDA to release a genetically modified mosquito in Florida to prevent ...

The healing power of stem cells: Clinic treats ailments with patient’s own stem cells

What if the body could heal itself? Physicians at Rejuv Medical in Sartell are using the patient’s own stem cells ...
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The California GM labeling controversy joins list of historical food scares

Writer Kevin Folta takes aim at anti-GM activists in this piece, comparing the California GM labeling controversy with other food ...

World’s first patient-initiated, crowdfunded genome sequencing project uncovers young child’s unknown genetic disease

The Rare Genomics Institute (RGI), a non-profit organization that uses genome sequencing and other biotechnology to help children with rare ...

Arizona statute on genetic testing has young boy’s future in limbo

Evan Serrano, of Arizona, has a rare degenerative disorder called Friedreich Ataxia. At least, that's what doctors think. But Evan's ...

World renowned in vitro fertilization pioneer says stem cell acceptance is on the rise in the US

Public acceptance of stem cell therapies has increased in recent years, with a renowned global expert believing Australians could be ...

Physicians need more education on personalized medicine

Consumers armed with genetic testing information from the likes of 23andMe and a whole host of gene testing companies are ...

Researchers identify mechanisms that allow embryonic stem cells to become any cell in the body

New research at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem sheds light on pluripotency—the ability of embryonic stem cells to renew themselves ...

Scientist on a mission to save Africa’s forests

So how is Roux's work and research innovative? "It's because I am addressing tree health by looking at fungi and ...