Human microbiome project provides census of thousands of microbes that live in and on us

It was a major feat when more than a decade ago, scientists deciphered the first human genome, containing 22,000 or ...

Embryonic stem cells hold great promise for biomedical science

With their potential to treat a wide range of diseases and uncover fundamental processes that lead to those diseases, embryonic ...
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Vein grown from stem cells saves 10-year-old girl

Doctors in Sweden have replaced a vital blocked blood vessel in a 10-year-old girl using the first vein grown in ...
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Stroke patients see ‘improvements’ after stem cell trial

The first patients to take part in a clinical trial of a stem cell treatment for stroke have seen reductions ...

Timeline: A brief history of stem cell research

From early fetal tissue research to the first successful human treatments, this timeline documents the progress in stem cell science, ...

Older dads may produce offspring with long lives, study suggests

Fathers who wait until they're almost 40 to have children may provide a unique benefit to their offspring: longer lives ...

Cell transplantation of lung stem cells has beneficial impact for emphysema

When autologous (self-donated) lung-derived mensenchymal stem cells (LMSCs) were transplanted endoscopically into 13 adult female sheep modeled with emphysema, post-transplant ...
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Is genetic testing for dementia appropriate?

Would you want to know if you had a genetic risk factor forAlzheimer's or dementia? And, if you did know, ...

The epigenetic jury is still out on C-sections

Unbeknownst to Bennett, giving his wife a C-section might have affected their daughter’s DNA, her children’s and her grandchildren’s. People ...

Let’s get real on synthetic biology

EXCITING but terrifying. Powerful but scary. This is what some say about the emerging field of synthetic biology. Not surprising, ...
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A brief history of stem cell research

The stories of research involving human embryonic stem cells and the policy governing that work are intertwined and stretch back ...

Eatings disorders linked to genes

There should be no guilt or shame with an eating disorder. These feelings are common. But new research tells us ...

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 ...

Adult stem cells: Big benefit, no controversy

In my research for these articles to find newer items, ideas, and medical advancements for and about people with disabilities, ...
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Brave new world of genetics requires safeguards, some experts say

Advancements in human genetic research could lead to improved patient care, but safeguards are needed to protect against the misuse ...
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Do liars really have different brains?

As biology has advanced, it’s become increasingly clear that the environment and yes, even choice, have a remarkable impact on ...

The epigenome of newborns and centenarians is different

What happens in our cells after one hundred years? What is the difference at the molecular level between a newborn ...

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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Stem cells converted to human bones

Scientists have grown human bone from stem cells in a laboratory, paving the way for patients to have bro-ken bones ...

Genetic screening of unborn babies ‘may be inaccurate’, says genetic watchdog Council for Responsible Genetics

New tests for genetic screening of unborn babies will not be 100 per cent accurate and may scare parents into ...

Patients nix genetic tests due to cost, says study

Pennsylvania researchers have discovered that a sizable percentage of patients potentially at risk for cancer would turn down testing to ...

Stem cells used to repair damaged eyes in world-first Aussie trial

A medical breakthrough by Australian scientists has shown how sheets of stem cells grown on contact lenses can repair damaged ...

Gene therapy paves way for new cancer treatment

Gene therapy has been proven effective in inhibiting breast tumor growth in mice, marking a new pathway for cancer treatment, ...

Nature, nurture or neither? Epigenetics is the new twist in an age-old argument

It is a shibboleth of family life – that every individual is the product of their genes and environment, the ...

Genetic screening of unborn babies ‘may not be 100 pc accurate’

New tests for genetic screening of unborn babies will not be 100 per cent accurate and may scare parents into ...
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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 ...

Japan team create liver from stem cells

Japanese researchers have created a functioning human liver from stemcells, a report said Friday, raising hopes for the manufacture of ...
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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 ...