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Year of the Fetus

By | December 18, 2012

2012 saw the birth of a handful of non-invasive genetic prenatal tests, but the young industry faces growing pains as legal and ethical questions loom. 

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New Biological Pacemaker

By | December 18, 2012

In guinea pigs, the insertion of a single gene can transform ordinary heart cells into pacemaker cells that regulate cardiac rhythm.

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Puerto Rico's Native Bird

By | December 17, 2012

The Carribean island, with the help of researchers using creative ways of getting the message out, has rallied behind sequencing the genome of an endemic parrot.

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Smoking, Taxes, and Genes

By | December 14, 2012

New research suggests that some smokers may carry a gene variant that makes them less likely to quit simply because cigarette taxes are raised.

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GM Rice Researchers Sacked

By | December 13, 2012

An official investigation into a controversial GM rice study carried out with Chinese schoolchildren has resulted in the removal of three China-based researchers.

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100,000 British Genomes

By | December 10, 2012

A new initiative lead by the UK’s National Health Service aims to sequence the genomes of as many as 100,000 patients, a project that will cost £100 million.

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Maggot Medicine

By | December 10, 2012

The healing powers of maggots may lie in their secreted proteins, which restrain the human immune response.

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Genome Digest

By | December 7, 2012

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes

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Drug Approvals Up

By | December 7, 2012

The total number of new drugs approved this year ties last year for the highest since 2004, suggesting that the pharmaceutical industry is recovering.  

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Feds Scrutinize Genomics Merger

By | December 6, 2012

A Chinese biotech company is angling to buy California-based Complete Genomics, but federal regulators are expressing security concerns and may scuttle the deal.

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