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Doubling the information from the double helix

Our genes control many aspects of who we are -- from the color of our hair to our vulnerability to ...

India loses faith in GM cotton

Ten years after it was introduced to India, genetically modified cotton is not living up to its promise. It is ...

Cord blood banking takes off in India

Nagpur is emerging as a big destination for companies associated with 'cord blood banking' or CBB. In the last few ...
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Sourcing stem cells from breast milk

A solution to the ethical dilemma of using human embryonic stem cells to treat human diseases could be staring us ...
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Why GM crops are a moral necessity

Professor of international development at Harvard, Calestous Juma has called on Africa to form an "International Institute for Biotechnology" that ...
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Stem cells shield can protect patients from chemotherapy

It may be possible to use "stem cell shielding" to protect the body from the damaging effects of chemotherapy, early ...
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FDA approves experimental stem cell therapy to help deaf ear repair itself

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved a groundbreaking trial by the University of Texas Medical School at ...
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As gene mapping nears $1,000, will it improve our health?

The cost of mapping a person's full genetic profile has been dropping quickly. Now, doctors are struggling with a new ...

Tilghman reflects on DNA study

A solution to the ethical dilemma of using human embryonic stem cells to treat human diseases could be staring us ...
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Fighting breed-related diseases

The refinement of purebred dogs over the past four or five centuries has created interesting versions of Canis familiaris, such ...

Pluristem stem cells save girl’s life

Pluristem Therapeutics Ltd. (Nasdaq:PSTI; DAX: PJT: PLTR)has announced that a seven year-old girl suffering from an aplastic bone marrow whose ...
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Genes & obesity

The latest Genomics & Health Impact Update has a primer on genetic links to obesity—a must read. It also links ...

Geneticist develops tool to identify genes important in disease, tailoring individual treatment

Though the human genome has been sequenced, scientists are still trying to figure out how the accomplishment can help people, ...

Google founder targets cure for Parkinson’s disease

Sergey Brin, the 38-year-old co- founder of Google Inc. (GOOG), is making strides in his quest to find a cure ...

University study finds mixed reception of genetic testing

Researchers at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine have found that patients see both benefits and risks from direct-to-consumer ...

Toothless no more- Researchers using stem cells to grow teeth

It may be hard to remember what it was like to lose a tooth as a child, but many adults ...

International study hopes to identify genetic markers to predict response to antidepressants

A group of research centers spanning five continents is in the middle of a clinical trial intended to identify genetic ...

Enzyme corrects more than one million faults in DNA replication

Scientists from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM) at the University of Edinburgh have ...

Scientists now raise fears on safety of GMOs

Dr Lubano Kizito of the Kenya Medical Research Institute said the human health is crucial and thus safety issues that ...

Newborns with missing spleen – Genetic link identified

A study published online in the May 3 edition of Developmental Cell reveals that researchers at the Weill Cornell Medical ...

Canadian geneticist discovers secret behind the blond-haired Solomon Islanders

The discovery of a gene mutation that gives some Soloman Islanders platinum blond hair has important implications for medicine and ...

Breaking the genome bottleneck

The genomic data generated from next-generation sequencing machines doesn't amount to much more than alphabet soup if it's not subjected ...

Advanced genetic screening method may speed vaccine development

Vaccines remain the best line of defense against deadly pathogens and now Kathryn Sykes and Stephen Johnston, researchers at Arizona ...

Can blood test predict breast cancer risk?

A blood test that spots changes in a specific gene could reveal a woman's risk for breast cancer years before ...

Cloning teeth! Medicine’s next big thing?

Nearly 70 percent of adults age 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth, and by age 74, ...
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Cleveland Clinic to open personalized medicine center

Cleveland Clinic has become the latest to jump into the hot field of personalized medicine, announcing plans to open a ...
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Genetic literacy poor in primary care

Despite early predictions of huge public demand for direct-to-consumer genetic testing, it’s safe to say personal genetic data isn’t clogging ...

Study reveals dynamic changes in gene regulation in human stem cells

Last year, this team reported recurrent changes in the genomes of human pluripotent stem cells as they are expanded in ...