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Second RNAi-based drug gains FDA approval, targeting rare genetic condition causing severe abdominal pain

The FDA has approved the second-ever drug based on a Nobel prize-winning technique known as RNA interference, Alnylam’s givosiran. The ...
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Analyzing first fecal transplant death: Donor stool wasn’t tested for rare E. coli strain

This spring, a 73-year-old man with a rare blood condition became the first person to die from drug-resistant bacteria found ...
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Can your sex partner alter your microbiome, immune system?

People’s sexual partners could impact both their gut microbiome and their immune system, according to a new study from the University of ...

Algorithm identifies genetic mutations with just a photo

Some people’s faces — or even just a photo of them — hint at the genes they carry. And now, ...

NIH blocks research using fetal tissue, prompting calls of ‘scientific censorship’

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have been ordered not to acquire new fetal tissue for their research since ...

Duchenne muscular dystrophy gene therapy trial put on hold

Sarepta Therapeutics’ clinical trial for a gene therapy to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy has been paused by the Food and ...

Study of 54,000 farmers finding no glyphosate-cancer link could sink Monsanto lawsuit

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More than 300 lawsuits have been filed on behalf of farmers and others who said that Monsanto's popular weed killer, Roundup, gave them ...
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We still don’t know how anesthesia works—but we’re one step closer to figuring it out

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If you’re planning to have major surgery soon, you might not want to read this next sentence. Scientists don’t actually ...
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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 ...
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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 ...

Autism could be detected as early as 1 year old, with MRI scans

Children with autism tend to be diagnosed around age 4, after a child begins to socialize and speak. But the earlier a ...