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Spark Therapeutics’s Luxturna would be the first approved therapy in the U.S. that replaces or repairs a defective gene inherited from one’s parents.

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U.S. Withdraws from UNESCO

By | October 12, 2017

The decision to leave the United Nations’ educational, scientific, and cultural agency was spurred by what American officials say is the organization’s anti-Israel bias and lack of commitment to reform.

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Puerto Rico’s Hurricane Damage May Mean Drug Shortages

By | October 11, 2017

Three weeks after Hurricane Maria hit the island, pharmaceutical plants are not back up to speed.

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Study Raises Questions About Patient-Derived Xenografts

By | October 10, 2017

When transplanted into mice, tumor genomes evolve differently than they do in patients, study finds.

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Plague Ravaging Madagascar

By | October 10, 2017

Nearly four dozen people have died.

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Gene Drive Limitations

By | October 9, 2017

In lab populations of genetically engineered mosquitoes, mutations arose that blocked the gene drive’s spread and restored female fertility.

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Gigantic “Tree Lobsters” Not Extinct After All

By | October 9, 2017

Researchers identify the Lord Howe Island stick insect on the remains of a large volcano in the Tasman Sea between Australia and New Zealand.

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The dolphins and their trainers will search for the endangered porpoises and enclose them in a protected pen.

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New Dean of USC Medical School Fired

By | October 6, 2017

Rohit Varma’s termination, following the recent resignation of his predecessor over misbehavior, came as the Los Angeles Times prepared to report on a 2003 sexual harassment case.

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Zika Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Clinical Trial

By | October 5, 2017

In humans, the DNA vaccine elicited the production of antibodies, which then protected mice from Zika infection.

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