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Podcast: Former FDA scientist Henry Miller says misguided regulation keeps safe biotech products off the market

In 1982, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first "GMO" pharmaceutical drug in the world, a new ...
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Fine-tuning CAR-T cancer therapy could eliminate serious side effects, study says

A novel approach to CAR-T cancer therapy promises to upend what has become a truism in medicine: that the treatment’s dramatic effect ...
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Infographic: US cancer death rates have been dropping steadily after many peaked in the early 1990s

The chart provides longer-run trends in cancer death rates, from 1930 in the United States... . Overall, particularly in lung ...
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‘Encyclopedia’ of cancer mutations could pinpoint new carcinogens

Previously, scientists have had only a limited number of tools for working out the cause of an individual’s tumor. As ...
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PTSD and other psychological traumas may increase risk of cardiovascular disease

People coping with psychological trauma have a heightened risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a large-scale study finds. Researchers used national ...
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An Italian family’s curious insensitivity to pain

Shortly after her sixth birthday, while climbing a pole in a neighbor’s yard in the Tuscan city of Siena, [scientist ...
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Costly CAR T-cell therapy gets boost with Medicare proposal to increase reimbursements

Medicare officials on [April 23] proposed increasing reimbursements for a groundbreaking but costly cancer therapy used for patients whose blood ...
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‘Biotech fantasy’? This startup wants to kill cancer by targeting RNA with new generation of pills

Arrakis Therapeutics is named for the desert planet in the legendary “Dune” series of science-fiction novels. It’s an apt name because ...
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Gene therapy’s fight against ‘bubble boy’ disease may have yielded a safe cure

“Cure” is a strong word, but the authors are confident that it has been achieved ...
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Danish researchers take on flawed assumptions behind Europe’s strict GMO regulations

The EU's policy on GMO is extremely strict and prevents new GMO crops from being authorized. The policy is based ...
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Taking cancers apart ‘piece-by-piece’ in search for vulnerabilities that could be attacked with precision medicine

Scientists have taken cancer apart piece-by-piece to reveal its weaknesses, and come up with new ideas for treatment. A team ...
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‘Crisis-level precautions’: How hospitals fight new era of superbugs

[Superbug Candida auris can] survive for weeks outside a patient—on sinks and mattresses, door knobs and bedside tables. To eradicate ...
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‘Evolution in action’: How did this common gut bacteria turn lethal?

For three decades, the deadly bacteria sat in cold storage. Normally, Enterococcus faecalis lives harmlessly in the human gut. One particular strain, ...
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Podcast: Jamie Metzl’s ‘Hacking Darwin’—The end of sex and humanity’s genetically engineered future

Imagine a world in which would-be parents no longer have sex but conceive children with the assistance of embryo selection ...
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Why genetic testing for autism cannot offer definitive answers

Here’s a primer on how genetic tests work, their value for autism and what to expect from the results. Is ...
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Infographic: Number of people with cancer has more than doubled since 1990

How many people in the world have cancer? Globally, it's estimated that 42 million people across the world suffered from ...
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Prenatal sequencing for autism genes could be here soon—along with some ethical questions

Sequencing can identify mutations linked to autism even before a child’s birth – especially in cases where doctors suspect problems, ...
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Food companies pursue ‘glyphosate free’ certification as Roundup-cancer legal battle rages

Companies are increasingly enrolling in a voluntary certification program that provides glyphosate-free labels for their products, as consumers grow more wary of ...
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Cancer has a male bias and we’re just starting to understand why

More than half of neurooncologist Josh Rubin’s pediatric brain cancer patients over his 25-year career have been boys. … About a ...
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CDC says autism is on the rise—and why it may be worse than we think

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new report on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) ... offers little good news. It ...
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‘Crystal ball’ for disease? Genetic tests could predict risk of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer

If a crystal ball could reveal your personal risk for developing heart disease or breast cancer or Alzheimer's disease, would ...
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Meet 5 RNA ‘movers and shakers’ including one that may protect against Alzheimer’s

RNAs, composed of strings of genetic letters called nucleotides, are best known for ferrying instructions from the genes in our ...
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Infographic: 5-year US cancer survival rates are on the rise

Despite increasing global cancer deaths, cancer death rates across many types have been falling. This is partly attributed to earlier ...
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Why a mysterious fungus could herald a dangerous era in drug-resistant infections

A fungus called Candida auris preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe ...
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Virtual reality helps autistic children tackle phobias

One tool that is being embraced by therapists, counselors, teachers, parents and their children to help those with autism to better ...
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When cancer becomes contagious: Seeking better understanding of rare transmissible forms of the disease

The untrained eye likely wouldn’t have noticed, but doctoral student Ruth Pye immediately spotted something unusual about the way the cells were ...
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Fit and fat at the same time? The right genes may make it possible

Scientists are in hot debate over whether it's possible to be obese without creating health risks. Two new studies take ...
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Genetic test for diabetes risk? Why it’s not quite ready for ‘prime-time clinical care’

23andMe's new test claims to determine risk from genetic analysis ...