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Viewpoint: Animal rights activists ‘reckless’ and ‘inhumane’ for pushing back against animal testing to find an AIDS vaccine

Matthew Bailey | 
In July, researchers eliminated HIV from the genome of a mouse using antiviral therapy and CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing. It was the first ...
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Gates Foundation awards $12 million to teams hunting for universal flu vaccine

Helen Branswell | 
Scientific teams from inside and outside the world of influenza research have been awarded funding to try to unlock mysteries ...
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Pregnant women, teenagers warned to stay away from marijuana by surgeon general

Lev Facher | 
The federal government on [August 29] issued an advisory warning against marijuana use in teenagers and pregnant women, cautioning that ...

Menopausal hormone therapy linked to breast cancer risk—even after patients stop taking drugs

Megan Thielking | 
A sweeping new analysis adds to the evidence that many women who take hormone therapy during menopause are more likely ...

‘All of Us’: NIH precision medicine study will share genetic data with participants, offer counseling

Lev Facher | 
The nearly 200,000 Americans who have trusted federal scientists with their DNA, their medical records, and detailed behavioral surveys will ...
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We can cure Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, glioblastoma in mice. Why not humans?

Sharon Begley | 
Lab mice endure a lot for science, but there’s often one (temporary) compensation: near-miraculous recovery from diseases that kill people ...
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A third of cancer drug clinical trials don’t report on race. Here’s why that matters

Megan Thielking | 
One-third of the clinical trials that led to new cancer drugs approved between 2008 and 2018 didn’t report on the ...
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DNA sequencing clinics catering to curious wealthy clients

Rebecca Robbins | 
Seizing on the surging popularity of at-home DNA testing kits, top academic medical institutions are opening clinics that promise to ...

Viewpoint: Our efforts to learn more about cannabis benefits, risks are hampered by federal research barriers

As cannabis researchers, we work in a field whose unknowns could positively or negatively affect the health of millions of ...
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Viewpoint: FDA should expand drug safety test program to include new technologies, including ‘organs on a chip’

Elizabeth Baker | 
Every March, thousands of toxicologists from around the world gather for the Society of Toxicology’s annual meeting. Animal-based approaches once ...
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We’re inching closer to a new vaccine for Lyme disease. But will the public accept it?

Brittany Flaherty | 
As the threat of Lyme disease grows and fears surrounding it spread faster than the ticks that carry the infection, ...
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We’ve almost eradicated Polio. But recent measles outbreaks show us why the battle isn’t over.

Helen Branswell | 
[T]he polio campaign must push on across the finish line. Failure to do so could have dire consequences. ... For ...
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Making a new generation of beauty products from viruses and bacteria

Megan Thielking | 
As scientists uncover more details about the skin microbiome, small startups and beauty giants alike are exploring how the trillions ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s why we should cut back on cancer screening for the elderly

Nancy Schoenborn | 
Although some of my patients are still working full time or traveling the world in their 70s and 80s, I ...
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Viewpoint: I wish I learned about my breast cancer risk from a genetic counselor instead of 23andMe

Dorothy Pomerantz | 
I opened the email from 23andMe, saying a report was ready for me to read. That click changed my life ...
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Rushing to revamp international gene-editing rules before ‘crazy people’ start opening embryo-editing clinics

Sharon Begley | 
The second-most shocking thing He Jiankui told the international genome editing summit in Hong Kong last November — right after ...
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FDA mulling whether patients should have to pay to join clinical trials

Rebecca Robbins | 
Some [clinical trials] plan to ask participants to pay $7,000 or so to enroll. Another wanted to ask for upward ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Natural’ is a feel-good label that can deceive us about the safety of medicine, beauty products and food

Amanda Dillard, Brian Meir, Courtney Lappas | 
People believe that a host of items including foods, medicines, beauty products, cigarettes, lighting, and even causes of injuries are ...
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Seeking origins of schizophrenia, autism by putting ‘stress’ on mini-placenta, mini-brains

Sharon Begley | 
Biologist Jennifer Erwin of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development, however, has no intention of babying her organoids: the world’s ...

Viewpoint: We need to stop worrying about whether people can cope with bad news from genetic tests

Erik Parens | 
When the Human Genome Project began in 1990, bioethicists feared that giving people the results of genetic tests would do ...
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There’s a medical dispute over how long it takes to predict recovery prospects for patients with traumatic brain injuries

Robert Truog | 
The current practice in most ICUs is to help families make a decision about whether to withdraw life support within ...
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‘Google’ for biomedical data could improve our understanding of diseases, improve treatments

Ruth Hailu | 
If we aggregated all the data from countless years of research, might we learn something new about ourselves, the diseases ...
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Mayo Clinic versus Natural News: Rating the reliability of health websites

John Gregory | 
For millions of Americans, including health professionals, the resurgence of measles is a confounding and frightening development. How can a ...

Convulsive seizures could play a key role in Alzheimer’s disease

Lauren Aguirre | 
It’s no surprise to neurologists that some people experience convulsive seizures in the later stages of [Alzheimer’s] disease.  … But ...
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Frequent errors with popular dementia test prompt review, new training requirements

JoNel Aleccia | 
Dr. Ronny Jackson, then the White House physician, gave Donald Trump a standard test to detect early signs of dementia ...
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Heart monitoring by Fitbit, other wearables, may be less accurate for people with dark skin

Ruth Hailu | 
Nearly all of the largest manufacturers of wearable heart rate trackers rely on technology that could be less reliable for ...
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First attempt at using CRISPR to edit genes inside the body targets inherited form of blindness

Marilynn Marchione | 
Patients are about to be enrolled in the first study to test a gene-editing technique known as CRISPR inside the ...

Genetic sequencing of 50-year-old tissue sample boosts theory that HIV emerged 100 years ago

Helen Branswell | 
For more than 50 years, the RNA remained hidden in a lymph node that had been snipped out of a ...