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Muscular dystrophy targeted with promising gene therapy

An experimental gene therapy appeared to dramatically increase the production of a muscle-making protein in three young boys with Duchenne ...
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What Right to Try Act means for pharmaceutical and biotech companies

Pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies need to start preparing for the compliance and reporting requirements of a controversial new law. US ...
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DNA spit test for prostate cancer risk?

A new DNA "spit test" for prostate cancer can identify men who have an increased risk of developing the disease ...
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Biotech executive facing end-stage cancer and the seduction of experimental drugs

For years, Michael Becker was one of the drug executives navigating swarms of cancer doctors at the annual meeting of ...
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Can a drug help us grow old without our bodies falling apart?

The idea behind [Biotech startup] Unity—preventing aging—sounds crazy, but it’s backed by dozens of scientific papers, the key two in Nature ...
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Viewpoint: Are you being duped? Some direct-to-consumer genetic tests are ‘complete trash’

[H]ow accurate are [direct-to-consumer] genetic tests?  The truth is that testing runs the gamut of quality, ranging from medical-grade accuracy to ...
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There are 3 types of alien life we might find out there

Our existence here is proof enough that it can happen. We can imagine that if life comes to exist anywhere else ...
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DNA sequencing as standard preventative care. Are we there yet?

Geisinger doctors will soon start offering patients DNA sequencing as part of routine preventative care, the Danville, Pennsylvania-based health system's ...
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Is epigenetics the ‘secret superpower’ of invasive species?

Due to the small numbers that are introduced, invasive species experience a genetic bottleneck that results in low levels of ...
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Can CRISPR and gene editing save our ‘devastated’ coral reefs?

Coral reefs have been devastated in recent decades by "bleaching" events caused by overheating oceans and other factors that kill off ...
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Viewpoint: Universe started with a bang, will end with a frigid ‘slow, gradual death’

When will our universe reach the point of maximum entropy? And what other possibilities exist for our universe in the ...
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Was the EPA right not to ban the crop pesticide chlorpyrifos?

The EPA decision allowing farmers to continue using the popular pesticide chlorpyrifos has drawn both praise and scorn, each side ...
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