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Family members with a certain gene variant had unnecessary interventions, highlighting the potential hazards of precision medicine.

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Zika Update

By Jef Akst | October 24, 2016

Virus’s effect on RNA methylation; identifying brain cells targeted by Zika; virus found in vaginal secretions for two weeks after infection; updated CDC recommendations for Miami

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Once implanted in mice, the edited stem cells produced normal hemoglobin.

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Genes Linked to Dogs’ Sociability with People

By Jef Akst | September 30, 2016

Genetic variants on chromosome 26 appears to play a role in a dog’s tendency to turn to people for help.

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Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies in HIV Patients

By Jef Akst | September 28, 2016

Researchers identify aspects of the patient, the virus, and the infection itself that influence whether a person with HIV will produce broadly neutralizing antibodies.

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The National Institutes of Health is hosting a two-day conference on how the virus affects infants and children. The take-home message so far: microcephaly is but one of many potential problems for Zika-exposed fetuses.

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Feds Demand More Clinical Trial Reporting

By Kerry Grens | September 19, 2016

Expanded US Health and Human Services rules will require the results of more human studies to be made public.

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Scientists estimate the risk to fetuses exposed to the virus in utero.

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Polio Reemerges in Nigeria

By Jef Akst | August 15, 2016

Prior to last week’s announcement of newly confirmed cases, the country had been polio-free for two years.

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NIH Reveals Plan to Fund Human-Animal Chimeras

By Kerry Grens | August 4, 2016

The public gets to weigh in before the US government lifts its ban on such research.

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