Jenna Barrett

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Why we need a law to prevent genetic discrimination

<i>Yvonne Bombard is a genomics health services researcher at St. Michael's Hospital; Ronald Cohn is chief of pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children; Stephen Scherer is a genome scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children. All are University of Toronto professors.</i><p>Canada is close to catching up …

Genetics

Genetically modified mosquitoes could wipe out the world's most deadly viruses. If we let them.

The <i>Aedes aegypti</i> mosquito is a beautiful, brilliant killer.<p>Dark with white spots and a wingspan of only a few millimeters, it is smaller and …

Public Health

Tardigrade protein helps human DNA withstand radiation

Experiments show that the tardigrade’s resilience can be transferred to cultures of human cells.<p>Tardigrades, or water bears, are pudgy, microscopic …

Biology

17 and Going Blind: The High Stakes of Getting into a Gene Therapy Trial - MIT Technology Review

Last week, after more than six months of waiting, 17-year-old Gary Ruot of Debary, Florida, was accepted into a clinical trial testing a novel …

Gene Therapy

Cuddling kittens can kill you, warn scientists

Cuddling a kitten may always make you feel better - but it could be dangerous to your health, according to experts.<p>Doctors from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the US conducted a large-scale survey of the cat-borne bacterial disease cat scratch fever.<p>They found the scope and impact of …

Wine Can Ward off Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

Go and grab a glass – it’s time to celebrate! Recent studies have just been carried out that confirm that wine is not so bad for us after all and …

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Disease

Over 100 bodies found in London – Investigation reveals shocking discovery

Bodies discovered in a pit near Liverpool underwent DNA testing, leading scientists to a massive discovery.<p>Crossrail reported a burial pit contained …

What it's like to have the bubonic plague

When I took a gap year before college at age 18, I planned a trip to explore the Silk Road, a dream I'd had since childhood. I expected to sample unusual foods, befriend backpackers from around the world, and spend a lot of time getting lost. What I didn't expect? To collapse in the middle of the …

Environmental Health