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Equivocal Findings of Alzheimer’s Trial Using Young Blood

By Catherine Offord | 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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FDA Goes After Two Stem Cell Clinics

By Kerry Grens | August 29, 2017

The agency raided one that was using a stem cell-smallpox vaccine combo, and sent a warning to another to obey best practices.

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image: Seeding the Gut Microbiome Prevents Sepsis in Infants

Seeding the Gut Microbiome Prevents Sepsis in Infants

By Anna Azvolinsky | August 16, 2017

An oral mix of a pre- and probiotic can decrease deaths from the condition, according to the results of a large clinical trial conducted in rural India. 

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Right-to-Try Bill Passes the Senate

By Catherine Offord | August 4, 2017

The legislation removes restrictions for seriously ill patients to access experimental treatments that have not received FDA approval.

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Resistance to HIV Engineered Via CRISPR

By Anna Azvolinsky | August 3, 2017

Mice transplanted with human hematopoietic stem cells that have an HIV receptor gene, CCR5, disrupted by gene editing allows the animals to ward off HIV infection. 

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image: Opinion: Biobanking Has a Consent Dilemma

Opinion: Biobanking Has a Consent Dilemma

By Timothy Caulfield | July 25, 2017

Is the deep uncertainty surrounding fundamental legal and ethical norms putting biobanks in a precarious position? 

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In two early trials, vaccines tailored to the mutations in individuals’ cancers appeared to protect 12 of 19 patients against relapse. 

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A new screening tool flags dozens of papers with potential errors.

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The publicly available database found nearly a third of samples included mutations targeted by either approved drugs or therapies in clinical trials. 

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