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CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function

By | September 20, 2017

OCT4 is necessary for blastocyst formation in the human embryo, researchers report.

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A study of a simple marine animal suggests that the common ancestor of cnidarians and bilaterians may have had three germ layers instead of two.

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FDA Goes After Two Stem Cell Clinics

By | August 29, 2017

The agency raided one that was using a stem cell-smallpox vaccine combo, and sent a warning to another to obey best practices.

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image: Seeding the Gut Microbiome Prevents Sepsis in Infants

Seeding the Gut Microbiome Prevents Sepsis in Infants

By | August 16, 2017

An oral mix of a pre- and probiotic can decrease deaths from the condition, according to the results of a large clinical trial conducted in rural India. 

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Right-to-Try Bill Passes the Senate

By | August 4, 2017

The legislation removes restrictions for seriously ill patients to access experimental treatments that have not received FDA approval.

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image: Resistance to HIV Engineered Via CRISPR

Resistance to HIV Engineered Via CRISPR

By | August 3, 2017

Mice transplanted with human hematopoietic stem cells that have an HIV receptor gene, CCR5, disrupted by gene editing allows the animals to ward off HIV infection. 

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Opinion: Biobanking Has a Consent Dilemma

By | July 25, 2017

Is the deep uncertainty surrounding fundamental legal and ethical norms putting biobanks in a precarious position? 

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In two early trials, vaccines tailored to the mutations in individuals’ cancers appeared to protect 12 of 19 patients against relapse. 

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Research shows that human immunity develops much earlier than previously thought, but functions differently in adults.

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A new screening tool flags dozens of papers with potential errors.

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