ALS
CRISPR Corrects RNA-based Disease Defects
CRISPR Corrects RNA-based Disease Defects
Kerry Grens | Aug 10, 2017
In human cells, researchers deploy the genome editor to snip out toxic repetitive sequences.
Additional #IceBucketChallenge Payoffs
Additional #IceBucketChallenge Payoffs
Jef Akst | Jul 28, 2016
Researchers identify a new ALS-associated gene thanks to funds generated by the social media challenge that went viral in summer 2014.
Book Review: <em>Personal Trials</em>
Book Review: Personal Trials
Arthur L. Caplan | Mar 22, 2016
At first blush, do-it-yourself clinical trials seem pointless and reckless. But a deeper truth pervades the research and the patients who drive it forward.
Undertaker's Bane
Undertaker's Bane
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2015
Harvard Professor Marc Weisskopf discusses the potential link between formaldehyde and ALS.
Formaldehyde Fears
Formaldehyde Fears
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2015
Data on the links between ALS and the chemical have been contradictory, but the latest study suggests undertakers are at risk.
ALS Drug Access Debated
ALS Drug Access Debated
Jef Akst | Apr 7, 2015
Biotech company Genervon has requested accelerated approval for its experimental ALS drug after a small but promising Phase 2 trial. Patients advocate for its acceptance, while researchers urge caution.
Beneficial Stats
Beneficial Stats
Aimee Swartz | Mar 1, 2015
Statisticians who normally crunch numbers to forecast trends in the food-service industry turn their attention to bettering treatment of ALS.
#IceBucketChallenge Highlights Difficult Funding Decisions
#IceBucketChallenge Highlights Difficult Funding Decisions
Jef Akst | Sep 3, 2014
The ALS Association has raised more than $100 million in donations through a charity campaign that went viral. How should that money be spent?
Ice Bucket Challenge Irony
Ice Bucket Challenge Irony
Bob Grant | Aug 25, 2014
Several US legislators who voted in favor of a bill that cut federal funding for ALS research have taken the chilly plunge for charity.
Non-coding Repeats Cause Peptide Clumps
Non-coding Repeats Cause Peptide Clumps
Ruth Williams | Feb 7, 2013
Protein aggregates in the brains of some people with dementia or motor neuron disease have a surprising origin.