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Putative Gay Genes Identified, Questioned

By | December 7, 2017

A genomic interrogation of homosexuality turns up speculative links between genetic elements and sexual orientation, but researchers say the study is too small to be significant. 

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Among this year’s winners are a geneticist who revealed how plants respond to shade and a group of physicists who mapped the universe’s background radiation.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services propose covering the test with Medicare. 

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image: New CAR T-Cell Therapy Shows Promise in Trial for Leukemia

New CAR T-Cell Therapy Shows Promise in Trial for Leukemia

By | November 21, 2017

The immunotherapy, which targets CD22 on cancer cells rather than CD19, might prove useful in patients for whom previous T-cell treatments were unsuccessful. 

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Man Receives First In Vivo Gene-Editing Therapy

By | November 15, 2017

The 44-year-old patient has Hunter syndrome, which doctors hope to treat using zinc finger nucleases.

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Equivocal Findings of Alzheimer’s Trial Using Young Blood

By | November 6, 2017

A team of Stanford University researchers say that administering young people’s blood plasma to Alzheimer’s patients could improve cognitive function, but the results have been criticized.

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If approved, patisiran will be the first RNAi therapeutic on the market. 

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Professionals in the genetics field generally support editing the genomes of somatic cells, mirroring public opinion, but diverge from nonexperts when it comes to germline editing.

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Plantings of non-GM refuges counter the development of resistance.

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image: Study Illuminates Genetics of Skin Color

Study Illuminates Genetics of Skin Color

By | October 12, 2017

Researchers identified genes related to melanin levels in African populations.

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