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Gene Therapy Coming of Age?

By | July 11, 2013

Using lentiviral vectors to replace mutated genes in blood stem cells, scientists successfully treat two rare diseases apparently without causing harmful side effects.

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Misconduct Delayed Drug Approval

By | July 10, 2013

FDA endorsement of a new blood-thinning drug was held back for almost a year because the agency discovered misconduct at clinical trial sites in China.  

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The Downside of Antibiotics?

By | July 3, 2013

Bacteria-killing antibiotics might also damage a person’s tissues.

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Temperature-Sensing Fat Cells

By | July 1, 2013

Researchers discover that unlike brown fat cells, white fat cells can directly sense cooling temperatures to switch on genes that control heat production.

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Worried Sick

By | July 1, 2013

Expectations can make you ill. Fear can make you fragile. Understanding the nocebo effect may help prevent this painful phenomenon.

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Restoring Hidden Clinical Data

By | June 18, 2013

Backed by two leading medical journals, researchers propose a new plan to publish clinical trial data that pharmaceutical companies often try to bury.  

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Father of Crystallography Dies

By | June 17, 2013

Nobel Laureate Jerome Karle has passed away at age 94.

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Platelets Help Tackle Bacteria

By | June 16, 2013

The cell fragments play a role in the body’s first line of defense against bacterial infection, helping white blood cells grab blood-borne bacteria in the liver.

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FDA Considers Easing Controls on Diabetes Drug

By | June 11, 2013

A panel of advisors says that the agency should loosen restrictions on the sale of a diabetes drug with a spotty clinical safety record.  

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US watchdog suspends plans to discipline researchers who failed to disclose the full risks of an experimental trial conducted with premature infants.

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