1-17-2019 alzheimers blood test

We could soon have a blood test for Alzheimer’s

Approximately 5.5 million Americans over the age of 65 cope with [Alzheimer’s disease]. Symptoms include behavioral changes, cognitive difficulties, and ...
1-15-2019 specter theperilsandpromisesofgene drivetechnology

Gene drive alternative uses CRISPR to control insect populations by creating sterile males

Scientists at the University of California (UC) San Diego and UC Berkeley have developed a new approach to controlling disease-carrying ...
1-17-2019 wtin babies thinkstockphotos

Genes or environment? Twins study offers ‘unsatisfying answer’ when it comes to disease

It’s the next chapter in the nature-nurture debate: To keep people healthy, is it better to focus on people’s Zip ...
ebola

International treaty could threaten genetics research on ebola, other infectious diseases

There is something that is weighing heavily on the minds of some infectious diseases scientists these days. ... It’s an ...
crispr

Diagnostics, drug discovery, disease: How CRISPR is solving medicine’s biggest problems

This is the public face of genome editing or, as it is sometimes called, gene editing: a technology capable of ...
bm bandersnatch vertical main pre rgb

Finding echoes of cancer journey in Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

The 'choose your own path' nature of Bandersnatch echoes a journey with breast cancer ...
facial

Algorithm identifies genetic mutations with just a photo

Some people’s faces — or even just a photo of them — hint at the genes they carry. And now, ...
bacteria

New therapy could aid battle against drug-resistant bacteria

[T]he first penicillin-resistant pathogen was detected in 1940. Since then, many other antibacterial drugs (both natural and semisynthetic) have been ...
anorexia

Examining the genetic roots of anorexia and other eating disorders

Characterized by extreme caloric restriction resulting in weight loss, an intense fear of gaining weight, and a distorted body image, anorexia ...
depression

Autism and depression: Study shows why ‘gold standard treatment’ sometimes fails

The 'gold standard' therapy does not always work and can lead to a worsening of symptoms ...
autism

Using stem cells to trace autism’s development to earliest days of pregnancy

Figuring out how autism starts is complicated. … [A] large international team obtained skin cells from eight autistic people and ...
mengla virus

New cousin to deadly Ebola virus discovered in bats in China

The notorious filovirus family — which includes such dangerous actors as the Ebola and Marburg viruses — seems to just keep ...
the different shapes of bulldog tails

What the bulldog’s distinctive tail can tell us about this rare human genetic disorder

One of the most distinctive body parts of your typical English bulldog, French bulldog, or Boston terrier—their coiled screw tail—might ...
screencapturetechnion

Can a simple breath test detect cancer?

Researchers want to find out if signals of different cancer types can be picked up in patterns of breath molecules ...
schizophrenic joem

Can we reduce schizophrenia risk with prenatal supplements?

Schizophrenia has a clear genetic basis, but genes don't tell the whole story. The other factors that determine whether or ...
cancer

Cancer death rate in the US has dropped 27% over 25 years

The rate of people dying from cancer in the United States seems to have dropped steadily for 25 years, a ...
facing aging in a youth centered society x

Should we treat aging as a disease rather than something that’s inevitable?

In June 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) released the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases. It contained an ...
matt sharp px

How AIDS transformed genetic engineering

For two decades, [Matt] Sharp had been living with HIV. He’d watched the height of the aids crisis claim dozens of his ...
Patient with Enterovirus via screencap x

Absence of a ‘smoking gun’ pathogen has stymied efforts to solve AFM mystery illness paralyzing children

What some are calling an "unprecedented mystery respiratory illness" is being reported in the Rockies and across the Midwest. Contributing ...
autism

Mapping autism’s genetic origins through massive analysis offers new research tool

The largest genetic analysis of postmortem brain tissue to date has yielded maps of when and where genes are turned ...
U INP

How 100-year-old tissue samples could rewrite the Spanish flu’s deadly history

Late one night Michael Worobey began poking around on the internet, looking for descendants of a World War I British ...
F image m

Searching for infectious canine cancer in the shadow of Chernobyl

After the [Chernobyl] explosion, over 90,000 people were evacuated from hundreds of towns and communities in the vicinity of the ...
black death ala

Plague genome offers clues about origins of Black Death pandemic

Yersinia pestis, the subject of [Barbara Bramanti’s] research, is the bacterium responsible for three bubonic plague pandemics over human history ...
personal

Viewpoint: The problem with personalized medicine is that ‘statistics are being misinterpreted’

Personalized medicine aims to match individuals with the therapy that is best suited to them and their condition. Advocates proclaim ...
blood

‘Cheap and simple’ 10-minute blood test can detect traces of cancer

Scientists have developed a universal cancer test that can detect traces of the disease in a patient’s bloodstream. The cheap ...
stem cell resized

‘Stemness’ and the downside of limiting our definition of stem cells

As more sophisticated technology has revealed just how plastic and heterogeneous cell populations can be, some researchers have transitioned from ...
sickle

Can gene therapy offer a cure for sickle-cell disease?

[I]n November, six months after [21-year-old Manny] Johnson became the first patient to receive an experimental therapy aimed at curing ...