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Hearts on Trial

By | May 1, 2015

As researchers conduct the most rigorous human trials of cardiac cell therapies yet attempted, a clear picture of whether these treatments actually work is imminent.

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Study Participants Want to Know

By | April 29, 2015

Most people who participate in research that involves genetic testing prefer to be told if they have mutations that increase their risk of treatable disease, according to a large survey.

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Mosquitoes Play Genetic Favorites

By | April 23, 2015

A twin study suggests that the blood-sucking insects are more attracted to people with certain genes.

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FDA Calls for Data on ALS Drug

By | April 21, 2015

In the midst of a debate about an experimental drug’s early approval, the US Food and Drug Administration requests that full trial results be released.

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Protein Spurs T-Cell Proliferation

By | April 17, 2015

A newly discovered protein promotes immunity to viruses and cancer by triggering the production of cytotoxic T cells.

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Cancer Sequencing Controls

By | April 15, 2015

Comparing a patient’s tumor DNA sequence with that of her normal tissue can improve researchers’ identification of disease-associated mutations.

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Cannabidiol Quells Seizures

By | April 14, 2015

The marijuana-derived compound shows promise in treating rare forms of epilepsy that cause children to have seizures multiple times a day.

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Why DBS Works for Parkinson’s?

By | April 14, 2015

Deep-brain stimulation may effectively treat slow movement, tremor, and rigidity in Parkinson’s patients by reducing synchronicity of neural activity in the motor cortex.

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Ebola Vaccines Protect Monkeys

By | April 9, 2015

Two new Ebola vaccine candidates prove safe and effective against the virus in macaques, a study shows.

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Gene Linked to Eating Disorders Tested

By | April 9, 2015

Mice lacking a gene implicated in human anorexia and bulimia weigh less than their littermates and display a variety of behavioral disorders.

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