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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 ...
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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 ...

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 ...

Faster search of genomic data

Since 2002, the rate at which genomes can be sequenced has been doubling every four months or so, whereas computing ...

Personalized genomic medicine faces many hurdles

When the human genome project was completed in 2003, some expected it to herald a new age of personalized genomic ...

Virus-free gene therapy for HIV shows promise

An experimental gene therapy for HIV may actually be easier—and even safer—than experts originally hoped. Experimenting with zinc finger nucleases ...
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A topically applied skin lotion that modifies your genes

Future genetic therapy could be as simple as applying a topical lotion, with nanoscale compounds soaking through your epidermis to ...
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Genetic gamble: A new cancer treatment’s tantalizing promise brings heartbreaking ups and downs

Mrs. McDaniel, the 69-year-old wife of a retired corporate executive, had gambled on the ultimate in personalized medicine, an approach ...
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Cancer, data and the fallacy of the $1000 genome

Here’s Mark’s key message: The time of the $1000 genome meme is over. It served us well for years – ...

Update on gene therapy

Researchers at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) published proof-of-principle results showing a role for telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) ...
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Europe, a regulatory nightmare for direct-to-consumer genetic testing?

DTC genetic testing comes in many forms, such as carrier tests for genetic disease, ancestry tests, and nutrigenomic tests. At ...

Gene therapy curbs nicotine addiction in mice

Forget patches: gene therapy could suppress cigarette cravings by preventing the brain from receiving nicotine. The treatment is effective in ...

Advances in genetic testing allow for more personalized medical treatments

"Without question, man's knowledge of man is undergoing the greatest revolution since Leonardo. In many ways personalized medicine is already ...

Genetic testing for nutrition – it’s finally here

After Nutrigenomix testing, patients will no longer be given generic advice such as “cut back on salt.” Instead, they will ...

Genetic testing to choose the right antidepressant

Medication selection is part of the art of psychiatry, but, now, testing is available that promises to make it more ...

Doctors try to make sense of cancer’s genetic jumble

Not too long ago, knowing the organ where a cancer first takes hold was generally all a doctor needed to ...

Ready or not, genomics is coming to hospitals

This year, at a faster pace than many industry insiders anticipated, we're seeing genomics enter the world of real-life care ...
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Can genes accurately predict human health?

One of the most controversial aspects of the genetic screening revolution is the proliferation of gene tests by such organizations ...
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Scientist knocks view of genes as “blueprints” for development

The report that sequencing of a fetal genome demonstrates that we have a crude "blueprint" for adulthood has spawned the ...

Personalized medicine and the Human Genome Project

It’s nearly a decade since the completion of the Human Genome Project, (1) which aimed to sequence the complete human ...
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Study: ‘Smart bomb’ drug attacks breast cancer

A new kind of medicine to fight breast cancer is emerging: a drug combination designed to act like a smart ...
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Personalized medicine: Blood tests combined with genome sequencing yield breakthrough therapy

In a remarkable new story, one professor, who sequenced his own genome, found that he was a high risk for ...

Personalized genetic testing not ready says medical group

Getting personalized genetic tests that can pinpoint your risk of developing a number of diseases like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's or ...

Delivery system for gene therapy may help treat Arthritis

A DNA-covered submicroscopic bead used to deliver genes or drugs directly into cells to treat disease appears to have therapeutic ...
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Researchers report a gene-therapy success

For a quarter of a century, gene therapy has been stymied, largely because the patient's immune system attacks the treatment ...
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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 ...

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 ...