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Immunocompromised and wary about getting a COVID vaccine? Here’s what experts say

USA Today | 
None of the large-scale vaccine trials included people who are immunocompromised, though every indication is that vaccines are safe in ...
Do you need two vaccine shots if you’ve already been infected with COVID?

Do you need two vaccine shots if you’ve already been infected with COVID?

USA Today | 
Six recent studies suggest that people who've already come down with COVID-19 might not need to get a second vaccine ...
Why are Black Americans suspicious of COVID vaccines?

Why are Black Americans suspicious of COVID vaccines?

USA Today | 
Although the first two large clinical trials of [COVID-19] candidate vaccines have managed to include about 3,000 Black participants each, ...

Under pressure from Trump administration, FDA ignores lack of evidence to expand use of remdesivir to all patients

USA Today | 
[August 28, the FDA] allowed the drug remdesivir to be used on all patients hospitalized with COVID-19, although no published research ...
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Stopping the ‘raging fire of Alzheimer’s’: Researchers shifting attention in fight against neurodegenerative diseases

Scientific American | 
Tau was long thought to be a secondary actor. Amyloid plaque builds up first, largely outside of neurons, followed by ...

These gene-edited pigs could eliminate shortage of human organ transplants

MIT Technology Review | 
It’s what’s inside this animal that matters. Her body has been made a little less pig-like, with four genetic modifications ...
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Could a pill make you need less sleep? This genetics research suggests it could happen

Scientific American | 
We all wish we could get by on less sleep, but one father and son actually can—without suffering any health ...
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Personalizing pancreatic cancer treatment by growing, treating tumors in a dish

Only about 15% of advanced pancreatic patients are alive two years after their diagnosis. Margaret Schwarzhans has now made it ...
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‘Why didn’t we think of this earlier?’ Immunotherapy could treat more than just cancer

Scientific American | 
Immunotherapy has transformed cancer care. Now the tools and new knowledge created by this strategy for treating disease by stimulating ...
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Can you become addicted to pot? This gene increases your risk.

Scientific American | 
Danish researchers have for the first time identified a gene that increases the risk for cannabis use disorder. About 10 ...

Monkeys given gene-edited pig organs in quest to address human transplant shortage

MIT Technology Review | 
In 2017, Harvard University geneticist George Church predicted that gene-edited pig organs would be transplanted into people within two years—maybe ...
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Scientific challenges to CRISPR crops ‘largely settled,’ though political, social concerns remain

Guardian | 
Soon, soybeans will be bred to yield oil without dangerous trans fats. Lettuce will be grown to handle warmer, drier ...

Will ‘common sense” keep us from making human clones?

Discover | 
Prominent scientists involved in cloning say they’ve never had any intention of replicating a person — and are as wary ...
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Restoring sense of smell with a brain implant

Scientific American | 
After a concussion left [Scott] Moorehead without a sense of smell six years ago, these losses were all he could ...

Can adult brains grow new neurons? New study says yes.

Scientific American | 
If the memory center of the human brain can grow new cells, it might help people recover from depression and ...
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‘Forest fire’ in the brain: How inflammation may spark Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

Scientific American | 
[B]oth Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s may be the results of neuroinflammation—in which the brain’s immune system has gotten out of whack ...
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Gene from controversial CRISPR baby experiment could deliver new stroke treatment

Scientific American | 
A widely criticized experiment last year saw a researcher in China delete a gene in twin girls at the embryonic ...

Can we slow aging by killing off toxic cells? This small human study passed its first test

MIT Technology Review | 
A red-hot anti-aging strategy quietly passed its first test earlier this year after 14 volunteers took drugs meant to kill off ...
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‘Race’ may affect the way Alzheimer’s attacks the brain

Scientific American | 
Research on Alzheimer’s has mainly focused on Caucasians. New findings, however, suggest the disease process that leads to dementia may ...

Game changer for cystic fibrosis? Discovery of new cell could alter quest for treatment

Scientific American | 
The discovery of a new type of cell could fundamentally alter how cystic fibrosis researchers seek a cure for the ...

Former Novartis chief Joseph Jimenez discusses breakthroughs in gene therapy, future of CRISPR in medicine

Scientific American | 
Editor's Note: Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez retired in January after eight years in the top job at one of the ...

Is it time to abandon the 14-day rule limiting human embryo research?

Scientific American | 
[A] group of Harvard University scientists has published a paper arguing that it is time to reconsider the 14-day rule ...
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What one boy’s ‘Lazarus-like’ recovery tells us about the future of bio drugs

MIT Technology Review | 
Shortly after Cameron Harding’s one-month check-up, his mother, Alison, saw that her newborn seemed to stop moving. She’d unwrap him ...
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Can pigs solve our organ transplant shortage with help from CRISPR?

MIT Technology Review | 
[B]iotechnology startup eGenesis [just] raised $38 million to fund a new effort to edit the DNA of pigs so they ...
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Lifestyle changes can directly affect rate of aging, authors of ‘The Telomere Effect’ argue

The main message of “The Telomere Effect,” [authored by Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn and psychologist Elissa Epel] being published Tuesday, is ...

Gene mapping may raise false hopes, some scientists worry

USA Today | 
Harvard geneticist George Church is convinced everyone should have his or her genomes sequenced. Such tests would reveal the rare ...

Neurons regrow connections in lab, challenging conventional dogma about mammalian brain

Scientific American | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Researchers at Stanford University ...

CRISPR that targets RNA could play major role in understanding, treating fatal diseases

Nature | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Researchers who discovered a ...
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