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PCSK9 Drug Reduces Heart Disease Risk

By Diana Kwon | March 22, 2017

A cholesterol-lowering drug significantly cut the risk of heart attack and stroke in a recent study. But is it worth the steep cost?

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Inaccurate Cholesterol Tests from Theranos

By Jef Akst | March 29, 2016

The company’s finger-prick tests yield cholesterol levels notably lower than results of traditional blood draw tests from two other large companies, according to a study.

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Life Scientists Honored

By Karen Zusi | November 9, 2015

Breakthrough Prizes of $3 million each go to five researchers in the life sciences, recognizing their pioneering work in optogenetics, disease-associated mutation analyses, and ancient DNA sequencing.

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Novel Hantavirus Infection Method

By Bob Grant | July 3, 2015

Researchers find that the potentially deadly virus uses cholesterol to gain access to cells.

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Enzyme Improves CRISPR

By Kerry Grens | April 1, 2015

A smaller Cas9 protein enables in vivo genome engineering via viral vectors.

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Crystal Structure, Murky Function

By Ruth Williams | January 29, 2015

Scientists have determined the crystal structures of bacterial translocator proteins, but their functions remain unclear.

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Mutation Tied to Reduced Heart Disease

By Kerry Grens | June 20, 2014

Genetic variants that cripple a triglyceride-producing protein are linked with a lower risk of heart attack and stroke.

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Path Finding

By Abby Olena | March 1, 2014

Biochemistry reveals the missing link in a pathway that archaea and some bacteria use to generate essential compounds.

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RNAi Remedy Lowers Cholesterol

By Abby Olena | October 3, 2013

A Phase 1 clinical trial demonstrates the safety and efficacy of an siRNA-based, cholesterol-lowering drug.

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Obesity-Fighting Drug May Improve Metabolism

By Erin Weeks | September 3, 2013

Initial tests of a hormone therapy suggest it reduces LDL cholesterol and improves weight loss in obese patients with type 2 diabetes.

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