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Are ‘incredible genes’ protecting President Trump’s health?

Unless someone swipes one of President Trump’s used forks from the Mar-a-Lago dining room and sends it to 23andMe for ...
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Why this winter’s flu is wreaking so much havoc

To put it flatly, H3N2 is the problem child of seasonal flu. It causes more deaths than the other influenza ...
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Report: Price for blindness gene therapy Luxturna is ‘four times too high’ at $850,000

The $850,000 list price for a new medicine that treats a genetic form of childhood blindness is about four times too high ...
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CRISPR setback? Our immune system may attack the treatment used with the popular gene editor

A new paper points to a previously unknown hurdle for scientists racing to develop therapies using the revolutionary genome-editing tool ...
Birth defects in Brazil linked to Zika, not insecticides or vaccines

Birth defects in Brazil linked to Zika, not insecticides or vaccines

In the fall and early winter of 2015, a startling number of infants in northeastern Brazil were born with abnormally small ...
Mars missions: What would long-term space travel do to the brain?

Mars missions: What would long-term space travel do to the brain?

In a NASA-funded study published on [November 1], Dr. Donna Roberts of the Medical University of South Carolina and her ...
IVF ethics: What if your only viable embryo has a genetic disease?

IVF ethics: What if your only viable embryo has a genetic disease?

[A]n emerging ethical morass in the field of reproductive medicine: what to do when patients seeking to get pregnant select ...
Controversial DNA test company Proove Biosciences forced to restructure

Controversial DNA test company Proove Biosciences forced to restructure

Proove Biosciences, a formerly high-flying genetic testing firm whose science and business practices have been challenged by experts and former employees, has ...
Zika vaccine now seen as unlikely, as project dropped

Zika vaccine now seen as unlikely, as project dropped

Vaccine giant Sanofi Pasteur has quietly pulled the plug on its Zika vaccine project, a move that underscores how difficult ...
'Futuristic star': The scientist growing transplantable human organs in pigs

‘Futuristic star’: The scientist growing transplantable human organs in pigs

Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte had spent years probing the inner workings of embryos, ferreting out the genes that give a ...
White supremacists flock to genetic tests to confirm their 'purity'—but most find they have mixed racial ancestries

White supremacists flock to genetic tests to confirm their ‘purity’—but most find they have mixed racial ancestries

With the rise of spit-in-a-cup genetic testing, there’s a trend of white nationalists using these services to prove their racial ...
Having trouble conceiving? A new genetic test might help

Having trouble conceiving? A new genetic test might help

More than 50 doctors have already ordered [the Fertilome test] for hundreds of women seeking scientific guidance on questions such as whether ...
CRISPR's high costs may limit development of gene therapy drugs

CRISPR’s high costs may limit development of gene therapy drugs

The ruckus over the CRISPR gene-editing system hides a dark reality: its high cost may make it unaffordable and questions ...
Smarter children tend to live longer: Is there a genetic connection?

Smarter children tend to live longer: Is there a genetic connection?

Across a sweeping range of causes of death — from injuries to dementia to heart disease — being smarter as ...
Despite what you've heard, human genome is not completely sequenced

Despite what you’ve heard, human genome is not completely sequenced

The feat made headlines around the world: “Scientists Say Human Genome is Complete,” the New York Times announced in 2003...There ...
How our gut bacteria may have influenced evolution

How our gut bacteria may have influenced evolution

[Editor's note: Susan Erdman is a research scientist and assistant director of MIT’s Division of Comparative Medicine.] Lately I’ve been wondering ...
Even moderate drinking may damage your brain and memory function

Even moderate drinking may damage your brain and memory function

While it’s widely accepted that drinking too much is bad for you, conventional wisdom...says that alcohol can be consumed in ...
Back to life: Can controversial stem cell treatment revive brain-dead patients?

Back to life: Can controversial stem cell treatment revive brain-dead patients?

For any given medical problem, it seems, there’s a research team trying to use stem cells to find a solution...But ...
Harvard's George Church is revolutionizing evolution

Harvard’s George Church is revolutionizing evolution

Harvard biologist George Church burst into the headlines (yet again) [recently] when he helped organize a closed-door meeting of scores of ...
More women suffer from Alzheimer's and shoulder caregiving

More women suffer from Alzheimer’s and shoulder caregiving

Women make up nearly two-thirds of the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease. A woman in her 60's is ...
Is it possible that cashew nuts could be as effective as chemotherapy in battling cancer?

Is it possible that cashew nuts could be as effective as chemotherapy in battling cancer?

Surprising new research scheduled to be unveiled at a major cancer meeting next month suggests that cashews and other tree ...
Asthma breakthrough? 'Blockbuster' Gleevec cancer drug shows promise in treating severe cases

Asthma breakthrough? ‘Blockbuster’ Gleevec cancer drug shows promise in treating severe cases

A blockbuster cancer drug may have a surprising new use: It’s showing real promise in treating severe asthma. That may ...
Diagnostic puzzle: After four years, geneticist unravels mystery illness in four hours

Diagnostic puzzle: After four years, geneticist unravels mystery illness in four hours

During his first years of life, the boy saw a laundry list of specialists. He suffered from heartburn and his ...
WHO arranging to send experimental Ebola vaccine to Democratic Republic of Congo

WHO arranging to send experimental Ebola vaccine to Democratic Republic of Congo

The World Health Organization and outside experts are making arrangements to send an experimental Ebola vaccine to the Democratic Republic ...
Is the Broad Institute exploiting its nonprofit status to corner CRISPR business?

Is the Broad Institute exploiting its nonprofit status to corner CRISPR business?

When a federal patent court ruled that the nonprofit Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard could legally license its version ...
How to treat a crying baby? Brain waves offers window

How to treat a crying baby? Brain waves offers window

Could a baby’s cry mean an anesthetic isn’t working well during a procedure? That a painkiller for postoperative pain has worn ...
Superbug antibiotic backlash? Let's review the science

Superbug antibiotic backlash? Let’s review the science

Don’t call it a war on superbugs. That’s the latest advice from international public health experts who have been watching ...
Designer pigs could save thousands of lives in China, which lacks an 'organ-donation culture'

Designer pigs could save thousands of lives in China, which lacks an ‘organ-donation culture’

Where other people see bacon, biologist Luhan Yang sees lifesaving organs — hundreds and thousands of them...[Yang] intends to use ...