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Enormous University Gift Raises Questions over Donor Influence

By Ashley P. Taylor | September 26, 2017

The donation to the University of California, Irvine, is slated to fund a new college focusing on what some critics call pseudoscience and quackery.

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Most Accurate CRISPR Gene Editing Yet

By Kerry Grens | September 22, 2017

A tweaked Cas9 nuclease reduces off-target effects to levels below that of previous versions of the enzyme.

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image: CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function

CRISPR Used in Human Embryos to Probe Gene Function

By Ashley P. Taylor | September 20, 2017

OCT4 is necessary for blastocyst formation in the human embryo, researchers report.

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image: Criticism for Craig Venter’s “Face-Prediction” Software

Criticism for Craig Venter’s “Face-Prediction” Software

By Catherine Offord | September 11, 2017

The tool cannot predict a person’s face from DNA, say researchers—including some listed as coauthors on the publication. 

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image: Study: Alcohol Industry Distorts Cancer Risk

Study: Alcohol Industry Distorts Cancer Risk

By Bob Grant | September 10, 2017

Researchers claim that industry groups worldwide misrepresent the carcinogenicity of alcohol products.

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How Exercise Might Fight Cancer

By Jef Akst | September 8, 2017

Epinephrine’s activation of the signaling pathway Hippo is responsible for the in vitro tumor-fighting effects of serum from women who worked out.

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Douglas Lowy and John Schiller, whose work led to the HPV vaccine, and Michael Hall, who discovered the TOR pathway, win this year’s prizes.

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image: Gilead to Pay Nearly $12B for CAR T-Cell Company

Gilead to Pay Nearly $12B for CAR T-Cell Company

By Jef Akst | August 28, 2017

The massive sum will buy out Kite Pharma, whose cancer therapy is expected to be among the first of its type approved by the FDA.

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image: Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding

Doctors Warn Against Vaginal Seeding

By Jef Akst | August 24, 2017

A group of Danish obstetricians notes that the procedure carries risks and that there is little evidence supporting its benefits to the infant microbiome. 

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image: Zika Linked to More Neurological Problems in Adults

Zika Linked to More Neurological Problems in Adults

By Kerry Grens | August 14, 2017

A review of several dozen hospitalized patients in Brazil finds neurological conditions, including inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, in addition to Guillain-Barre syndrome.

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