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Stem cell wins and losses in the 2012 elections

2012 was a banner year for the cause of cure. First among our stem cell electoral victories was the re-election ...

New paradigm for genetic counseling

In the old days (like a year or two ago) only a small portion of the patient population were thought ...

Extra chromosome 21 removed from Down syndrome cell line

University of Washington scientists have succeeded in removing the extra copy of chromosome 21 in cell cultures derived from a ...

Link between child prodigies and autism

While child prodigies have been recognized throughout history, a new study has found a possible link between those we would ...

Identical twins may not be quite so identical

Identical twins may not be so identical after all. Even though identical twins supposedly share all of their DNA, they ...

Rare genetic variants may not as influential in common disease as once thought

Rare tweaks in single letters of DNA are not as powerful a force in health and in common diseases as ...

Genetic links found between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

A study published recently in Nature found new genetic links between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, two autoimmune gut diseases ...

“Why is a statistician talking to you about personalized medicine?”

The role of statistics in personalized medicine is to examine the broad, sweeping trends of particular treatments in order to ...

Ethnic diversity is hallmark of 10,000-person genetic study of type 2 diabetes

In the search for the genetic basis of type 2 diabetes, a group of researchers have made a point to ...

Genetic data may be double-edged sword

Another heavyweight addresses the concerns of the burgeoning era of personal medicine: Nancy Andrews, Dean of Medicine at Duke University, ...

Gene therapy offers “revolution” in prostate cancer treatment

Scientists have discovered new way of slowing the growth of prostate cancer. For the first time experiments have successfully targeted ...

Genetic counseling and medical ethics in the age of personal genomics

On October 25th, Time Magazine ran an article about genetic testing of children with the provocative title, “What Your Doctor ...

Science versus values in personal genomics for children

When it comes to what a child should know I tend to disagree with the consensus among genetic counselors. It ...

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing is here to stay

Geneticist Ricki Lewis says direct-to-consumer genetic testing is here to stay, addresses fears and realities around this new development in ...

Soldier beetle’s genes may hold key for synthesizing antibiotic, anti-cancer chemicals

New antibiotic and anti-cancer chemicals may one day be synthesised using biotechnology, following CSIRO's discovery of the three genes that ...

Will we ever decipher everything about a life form based just on its DNA?

As our technologies and understanding advance, will we eventually be able to look at a pile of raw DNA sequence ...

Humanity undergoing “technophysio-evolution”?

Advancements have been made so quickly, and have had such a significant impact on the human body that in the ...
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First gene therapy to go on sale in 2013

The first gene therapy to be approved in a regulated market was announced by the European Commission. The therapy, available ...

Patient’s own stem cells no help in heart attack recovery

Autologous stem cells from bone marrow 3 or 7 days following a heart attack did not improve heart function six ...
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Time has come to bring personalized medicine to cancer

Pathologists take note! Human whole-genome sequencing of tumors was the source of information for making treatment decisions in a recently-published ...
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New gene-altering drug paves way for mass human modification

We’ve seen genetically modified mosquitoes, genetically modified plants, and genetically modified cows, but could we soon be dealing with our ...

Humans, chimps, monkeys: same DNA different gene regulation

Humans share over 90% of their DNA with their primate cousins. The expression or activity patterns of genes differ across ...

Examining the human health implications of GM-labeling debate

“It’s really a value-laden decision. How do you act in the face of scientific uncertainty?” said Patrice Sutton, MPH, a ...
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Stem cells from strangers can repair hearts

LOS ANGELES — Researchers are reporting a key advance in using stem cells to repair hearts damaged by heart attacks ...

Why is synthetic biology important?

In Regenesis the authors ask, “What should we do?” How can we balance economic growth and a sustainable environment? How ...

Feeding GM tomato to mice mimics effects of “good” cholesterol

At the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2012, a study showed that genetically engineered tomato plants produced a peptide that ...

Sperm stem cells restore male fertility

Men who lose the ability to produce sperm after chemotherapy might one day be able to regain their fertility. That's ...

Danish ethics panel cautious about whole genome testing

As genetic tests become increasingly cheaper, the temptation to take one, principally to find out what illnesses we may be ...