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Why having a risky genetic mutation isn’t necessarily doom and gloom

Most people think carrying a gene variant associated with a disease means automatically getting that disease, according to Sekar Kathiresan, ...
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Chronic fatigue syndrome could soon be diagnosed with a blood test

Researchers at Stanford University and elsewhere say they’ve taken an important step in potentially helping people with a barely understood ...
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Costly CAR T-cell therapy gets boost with Medicare proposal to increase reimbursements

Medicare officials on [April 23] proposed increasing reimbursements for a groundbreaking but costly cancer therapy used for patients whose blood ...
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Gene therapy’s fight against ‘bubble boy’ disease may have yielded a safe cure

“Cure” is a strong word, but the authors are confident that it has been achieved ...
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Podcast: Jamie Metzl’s ‘Hacking Darwin’—The end of sex and humanity’s genetically engineered future

Imagine a world in which would-be parents no longer have sex but conceive children with the assistance of embryo selection ...
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Why a mysterious fungus could herald a dangerous era in drug-resistant infections

A fungus called Candida auris preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe ...
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Better understanding of how genes work together could be key to personalized medicine

Tens of thousands of people have had their genomes sequenced yet it remains a major challenge to infer future health ...
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Why we need to get better at analyzing all of that disease data we’ve been collecting

Our ability to collect data far outpaces our ability to fully utilize it—yet those data may hold the key to ...
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‘Super smeller’ woman boosts effort to create early diagnosis tool for Parkinson’s disease

Long before Les Milne began exhibiting the telltale signs of Parkinson’s disease, his wife Joy—a so-called “super smeller” capable of detecting ...
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Why we should worry about a resurrection of the deadly smallpox virus

The scientist who entered [Room 3C16] saw 12 mysterious cardboard boxes on a crowded shelf in the far left corner ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Chickenpox parties’ aren’t just unnecessary—they’re incredibly dangerous

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin made headlines [March 19] after revealing in a radio interview that he had purposefully exposed his ...
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Did medieval Black Death reach as far as sub-Saharan Africa?

[S]ome researchers point to new evidence from archaeology, history, and genetics to argue that the Black Death likely did sow ...
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Searching for tuberculosis ‘super-spreaders’ by sampling breathed air

In Masiphumelele, an informal settlement of tin shacks, squat brick buildings, and narrow lanes south of Cape Town, 23,000 people ...
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Your blood type may influence your vulnerability to stomach flu

Not only is a case of norovirus gastroenteritis the personification of misery, but the virus that causes it is also one ...
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Second person cured of HIV? Stem cell transplant sends ‘London patient’ into long-term remission

A man has been in remission from HIV for a year and a half, without drugs, after receiving a stem ...
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Polio almost eradicated. Here’s why we can’t simply ‘declare victory’

So far this year, there have been six known cases of polio infection, in Afghanistan and Pakistan—two of the three countries left ...
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Gene drives: Why the best option for fighting mosquito-borne diseases is the ‘mosquito itself’

Gene drives are now a viable method of fighting mosquito-borne disease ...
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Sending tiny organs into space in search for aging, disease secrets

In research that sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, astronauts are conducting experiments on miniature human organs—such ...
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Viewpoint: Cancer rates are falling, but ‘our work is not done’

While it can be tempting to celebrate cancer rate decline, it's important to see that cancer outcomes correlate with an ...
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We could soon have a blood test for Alzheimer’s

Approximately 5.5 million Americans over the age of 65 cope with [Alzheimer’s disease]. Symptoms include behavioral changes, cognitive difficulties, and ...
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Genes or environment? Twins study offers ‘unsatisfying answer’ when it comes to disease

It’s the next chapter in the nature-nurture debate: To keep people healthy, is it better to focus on people’s Zip ...
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Diagnostics, drug discovery, disease: How CRISPR is solving medicine’s biggest problems

This is the public face of genome editing or, as it is sometimes called, gene editing: a technology capable of ...
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Can a simple breath test detect cancer?

Researchers want to find out if signals of different cancer types can be picked up in patterns of breath molecules ...
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Should we treat aging as a disease rather than something that’s inevitable?

In June 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) released the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases. It contained an ...
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How 100-year-old tissue samples could rewrite the Spanish flu’s deadly history

Late one night Michael Worobey began poking around on the internet, looking for descendants of a World War I British ...
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Viewpoint: The problem with personalized medicine is that ‘statistics are being misinterpreted’

Personalized medicine aims to match individuals with the therapy that is best suited to them and their condition. Advocates proclaim ...
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