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Allele Linked to Obesity in People

By | November 3, 2015

A single nucleotide polymorphism in BDNF is tied with lower levels of the protein and higher body-mass index.

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image: FDA OKs Herpesvirus to Treat Cancer

FDA OKs Herpesvirus to Treat Cancer

By | October 28, 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration’s approval of an engineered herpesvirus for the treatment of melanoma marks the first oncolytic virus to enter the market.

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Toward a Universal Flu Vax

By | October 27, 2015

Adding an adjuvant to stimulate both innate and adaptive immunity, researchers boost the effectiveness of an influenza A vaccine in mice.

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image: WHO: Some Meats May Cause Cancer

WHO: Some Meats May Cause Cancer

By | October 27, 2015

Experts discuss the agency’s classification of red and processed meats as probable and confirmed carcinogens, respectively.

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image: More CRISPR Proteins Discovered

More CRISPR Proteins Discovered

By | October 23, 2015

Researchers identify three new proteins that may serve as alternatives to Cas9.

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image: Following FDA OK, 23andMe to Expand Health Prediction

Following FDA OK, 23andMe to Expand Health Prediction

By | October 21, 2015

The personal genomics firm is ramping up its suite of disease-related genetic tests.

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Genetically Engineered Dogs

By | October 21, 2015

Researchers in China delete the myostatin gene in beagles, creating animals with twice the muscle mass.

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image: Antioxidants May Aid Cancer

Antioxidants May Aid Cancer

By | October 16, 2015

Mice given a dietary supplement had faster-progressing melanoma, a study shows.

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image: Ancient African DNA Hints at Eurasian Migration

Ancient African DNA Hints at Eurasian Migration

By | October 13, 2015

A 4,500-year-old genome, extracted from the skeleton of an Ethiopian man, bears the marks of human migration from Europe back into Africa.

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image: Stem Cell Therapy In Utero

Stem Cell Therapy In Utero

By | October 13, 2015

An upcoming clinical trial aims to correct for a disease of fragile bones in affected babies before they are born.

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