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Big Fat Failure

A closer look at the genetics of failure—why we fail to lose weight thanks to our genes ...
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Genetic study sheds light on heritability of autism risk

A new analysis of DNA from more than 20,000 people with autism identifies 12 regions in the genome that harbor ...
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Is a 10 minute cancer blood test coming soon?

About seven years ago, researchers at the US DNA sequencing company Illumina started to notice something odd. A new blood test it ...
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Lassa epidemic: Nigeria uses CRISPR to get early jump on viral outbreaks

An epidemic of Lassa fever in Nigeria that has killed 69 people this year is on track to be the ...
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Genetic testing could predict potential for cancerous growths to become invasive lung cancer

A type of non-invasive cancer called carcinoma in situ (CIS) can occur in the human lung. Some cases of CIS will ...
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‘Epitranscriptomics’: New field aims to treat cancer through RNA code

It’s not every day that a biotech investor stumbles across an entirely new field of science. And frankly, Carlo Rizzuto ...
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Building a better mini brain: How these tiny organoids can boost fight against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

It’s your favorite organ, self-assembling, ready to go ...
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Combined immunotherapy strategy could revolutionize kidney cancer treatment

The way doctors typically approach kidney cancer treatment could be evolving. Two separate studies published [February 16] in the New ...
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Failure of first US uterine transplant blamed on organ donation system

On March 7, 2016, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic introduced the nation to Lindsey McFarland, the first person to undergo a ...
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Rare brain disorder—Angelman syndrome—could be treated with gene therapy in the womb

Scientists are developing a radical form of gene therapy that could cure a devastating medical disorder by mending mutations in the brains ...
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Esketamine could soon be approved for depression, prompting ‘excitement and hesitation’

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether to approve esketamine, which would become the ...
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Artificial intelligence could have a future diagnosing sick children, study says

With the money and time that visits to the ER and urgent care soak up, the chance to revisit old-fashioned ...
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Gene drives: Why the best option for fighting mosquito-borne diseases is the ‘mosquito itself’

Gene drives are now a viable method of fighting mosquito-borne disease ...
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Do all breast cancer patients need genetic testing?

The nation’s breast surgeons are advising that all patients diagnosed with breast cancer be offered genetic testing to check for ...
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Autism linked to the nerves that regulate heart rate

The part of the nervous system that regulates heart rate and breathing is involved in autism, a new study suggests ...
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Black-white cancer mortality gap has narrowed significantly, ‘but we still have a long way to go’

Longtime cancer disparities between African Americans and whites — with blacks having a sharply higher mortality rate — have narrowed ...
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Sleepless nights could dampen body’s ability to repair DNA, avoid genetic diseases

Sleep deprivation can damage DNA and the body’s ability to repair this, possibly leading to higher chances of genetic diseases ...
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Immunotherapy could extend survival for patients with aggressive glioblastoma brain cancer

Glioblastoma — the aggressive brain cancer that killed Sen. John McCain, Sen. Ted Kennedy and Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden ...
2-11-2019 cancer at home boy

Rethinking cancer care: Home-based treatments may be right around the corner

Imagine having cancer and being told that most of your treatment will happen in your home instead of a high-tech ...
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‘Trojan horse’ ‘TV’ drug shows potential to fight 6 different cancers

A brand new type of cancer drug that acts as a 'Trojan horse' to get inside tumor cells has shown ...
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‘Unsettling’ news: Alzheimer’s could be transmissible

[A] new paper appeared in Nature that seemed to take the evidence for the transmissibility of Alzheimer’s peptides from “circumstantial” to ...
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Viewpoint: It’s time for a debate on precision medicine and its failed promises

Although some niche applications have been found for precision medicine, and gene therapy is now becoming a reality for a ...
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Making the case for expanded prenatal genetic testing to identify disorders

Approximately three per cent of pregnancies will have an abnormality in the structure of the developing baby, which is detected ...
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Shortcomings of new cystic fibrosis treatments illustrate the complexity of some genetic diseases

Josh Hillman, a 23-year-old Harvard Law student from Alabama, has cystic fibrosis, the progressive genetic disease that causes frequent lung ...
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Viewpoint: We need to get better at diagnosing Alzheimer’s if we hope to improve treatments

Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and unlike with cancer and heart disease, we ...
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Viewpoint: Gene drive technology could eliminate malaria. But we must get it right, first

People don’t give people malaria: The 460 species of mosquitoes in the genus Anopheles do, and researchers are taking aim at them ...
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Sending tiny organs into space in search for aging, disease secrets

In research that sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, astronauts are conducting experiments on miniature human organs—such ...
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Cancer-linked obesity soaring among millennials in the United States

Cancers fueled by obesity are on the rise among young adults in the United States and appearing at increasingly younger ...