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Potential for anti-obesity drug gets a boost from gene discovery

Scientists have finally figured out how the key gene tied to obesity makes people fat, a major discovery that could open the door to an entirely new approach to the problem beyond diet and exercise.<p>The work solves a big mystery: Since 2007, researchers have known that a gene called FTO was related …

Home-Brewed Synthetic Opioids Are Finally A Reality

No poppies required<p>Pain-relieving opioids, like morphine or codeine, are important for medical purposes. The drugs have been around for millennia however even today they are still made from poppy flowers, making the production of the drugs dependent on poppy farming. Now, for the first time, …

Stanford University

Patients Seeking Alternatives to Statins May Undergo Rigorous Vetting

People who avoid taking statins for managing high cholesterol face hurdles to costly new treatments<p>A powerful new class of drugs promises to change the management of heart disease for high-risk patients who struggle to get their cholesterol levels under control—a group that numbers in the …

Medical Research

Anatomy Of A Smear Attack on GMO Supporting Scientists

<b>This post was co-written with Val Giddings</b><p>Recently on the Huffington Post we came across a disturbing article - an attack by Jeffrey Smith on two respected university professors who apply a critical eye to the claims made by various advocates alleging dangers to human health linked to genetically …

On the importance of being negative

The ‘publish or perish’ culture within science skews the research literature towards positive results. But negative findings matter too and new open access publications are helping researchers to give a fuller account of themselves<p>The latest paper from my group, published just over a week ago in …

FDA approves first lower-cost biotech drug

Federal health officials have approved the first lower-cost copy of a biotech drug to reach the U.S. market, a long-awaited milestone that could generate billions in savings for insurers, doctors and patients.<p>Biotech drugs are powerful, injected medicines produced in living cells. They are …

11 skills you need to master to land a $100,000 engineering job at Google

Google is the most desirable employer on Earth.<p>Engineers are the rock stars there — and they’re paid accordingly.<p>Interns start at $70,000 to $90,000 salaries, while software engineers pull in $118,000 and senior software engineers make an average of $152,985.<p>But one does not simply walk into the …

A Biological Quest Leads To A New Kind Of Breast Cancer Drug

Each year, the Food and Drug Administration approves dozens of drugs, but often those medicines don't make a huge difference to people with disease. That's because these "new" drugs are often very much like existing medicines — or <i>are,</i> in fact, existing medicines, approved for a slightly different …

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Britain Votes to Allow World's First 'Three-Parent' IVF Babies

LONDON — Britain voted on Tuesday to become the first country to allow a "three-parent" IVF technique which doctors say can prevent some inherited incurable diseases but which critics see as a step toward creating designer babies. Parliament voted overwhelmingly for the technique, called …

17 Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Busy Mornings

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but busy mornings result in us skipping it altogether more often than not. These 17 make-ahead options make starting the day off right with some non-coffee sustenance much much easier. Featuring a wide spectrum of healthy <i>and</i> indulgent eats, you’ll be …

The man who grew eyes | Mo Costandi

Photograph: RIKEN CDB<p>Mouse embryonic stem cells organise themselves into layered cerebral cortical tissue when grown in 3D culture. Image: Yoshiki Sasai/ RIKEN …

Feds say agile development contributed to Healthcare.gov failure

Much has been said about the contractors that worked on the notorious healthcare.gov website and its execution, but the U.S. Government Accountability Office has its own take on the matter, detailing in a new report exactly how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mishandled the …

Blood test can predict risk of suicide

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, US, found that variations in a single gene can be used to predict if someone is likely to take their own life<p>A blood test that can predict whether someone may attempt suicide has been developed by scientists in a breakthrough which could prevent …