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How to Bring the Public into the Scientific Process
A new wave of research is recruiting patients and other members of the public to serve as equal partners, bringing fresh perspectives to research on diseases and other conditions.
How to Bring the Public into the Scientific Process
How to Bring the Public into the Scientific Process

A new wave of research is recruiting patients and other members of the public to serve as equal partners, bringing fresh perspectives to research on diseases and other conditions.

A new wave of research is recruiting patients and other members of the public to serve as equal partners, bringing fresh perspectives to research on diseases and other conditions.

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Explore Solutions for Cell and Gene Therapy Development
Cell and Gene Therapy from the Bench to the Clinic
Bio-Rad Laboratories | Apr 13, 2022
Researchers use ddPCR to monitor quality at each stage of therapy development.
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Surgeons Successfully Transplant a Pig Kidney into a Person
Chloe Tenn | Oct 20, 2021
The achievement bolsters hopes that nonhuman animals could be used to remedy the shortage of transplantable organs.
The Cerebellum’s Secrets: A Profile of Kamran Khodakhah
Anna Azvolinsky | Oct 1, 2019
The Albert Einstein College of Medicine neuroscientist has revealed surprising functions of the brain region, such as its role in the brain’s rewards circuits and in addiction.
Google Bans Ads for Experimental Medical Treatments
Ashley Yeager | Sep 9, 2019
The new policy will increase scrutiny and pressure on stem cell clinics, according to industry experts.
Survey of Stem Cell Clinics Reveals Cause for Concern
Jef Akst | Aug 1, 2019
Two coauthors of a new study discuss their findings about nearly 170 facilities in the southwestern US selling unproven therapies—and what should be done about them.
Poliovirus Therapy May Extend Lives of Advanced Brain-Cancer Patients
Ashley Yeager | Jun 26, 2018
More than one-fifth of individuals treated with the genetically modified virus survived at least three years.
Researchers Team Up with Patients to Build a Breast Cancer Database
Jef Akst | Jan 1, 2018
Combining genomic, clinical, and patient-reported data, the Metastatic Breast Cancer Project provides a unique resource for the cancer community.
Right-to-Try Bill Passes the Senate
Catherine Offord | Aug 4, 2017
The legislation removes restrictions for seriously ill patients to access experimental treatments that have not received FDA approval.
The Challenges of Rare-Disease Research
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Sep 1, 2016
With few resources and hesitant investors, basic scientists must rely on clinicians, patient advocates, and their own keen eye for biological connections.
FDA Reduces Paperwork for “Compassionate Use”
Jef Akst | Jun 8, 2016
The change should allow patients with fatal illnesses easier access to experimental drugs, but gaining permission from drug companies remains the biggest challenge.
Patient Zero Identified?
Jef Akst | Oct 30, 2014
Researchers pinpoint the source of the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa to 2-year-old boy who died in southern Guinea.
#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?
Opinion: Unconventional Standards
Effy Vayena | Mar 13, 2013
Tailoring ethical oversight to participant-led research
Networking Medicine
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2013
Although fully organized patient-run trials are still few and far between, patients are taking a more active role in clinical research.
Do-It-Yourself Medicine
Jef Akst | Mar 1, 2013
Patients are sidestepping clinical research and using themselves as guinea pigs to test new treatments for fatal diseases. Will they hurt themselves, or science?
Cantley Changes Jobs
Bob Grant | Sep 14, 2012
Renowned cancer researcher Lewis Cantley is leaving Harvard to lead a new cancer center at Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.
British Health Open for Research
Jef Akst | Sep 12, 2012
Giving researchers access to the health records of 52 million people in England could prove invaluable to biomedical scientists.
New Genome Resource
Edyta Zielinska | Jul 11, 2012
Members of the Personal Genome Project have created software aimed at helping researchers tease apart genetic differences between individuals.