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Why whole-genome testing hurts more than it helps

President Obama proposes to plunk down $215 million on "precision medicine," and the National Institutes of Health and its National Cancer Institute will spend it by sequencing the whole genome of a million or more Americans.<p>Is whole-genome testing the path to health? The short answer is no.<p>The …

Genetics

Scientists Have Created 'DNA Scissors' That Can Alter Your Genes, but Should They Use Them?

Biotechnology that can rewrite the genome heralds "a new era of human biology" and raises ethical questions for the medical community, experts in …

‘Open Humans’ platform wants to democratize your DNA for better medical research

Get ready to share more than photos of your latest vacation.<p>A new online platform launched Tuesday allows users to share data about their genomes, …

Putting Big Pharma In Perspective - The Big Picture

Thomas Jefferson

Biotech Firm: We Will 3D Print A Human Liver In 2014

2014 could be a landmark year for an amazing medical technology: human organs built by 3D printers.<p>San Diego biotech firm Organovo promises that its "bioprinting" technology will successfully print a human liver by the end of 2014, the company told Computerworld's Lucas Mearian.<p>Mearian reports:<p>Like …

3D Bioprinting

It's a gut reaction: how other people's bacteria can cure us – extract

This is a standard party invitation in most respects: there's a map of the neighbourhood, the address and time, and some friendly encouragement to …

Scientists unravel genetic causes of prostate, breast and ovarian cancer

A national screening programme for prostate cancer could be introduced by the NHS following an international effort by more than 1,000 scientists to …

Existing drugs treat seizures in zebrafish

<b>U. SHEFFIELD (UK) —</b> Screening a collection of 2,000 biologically active compounds with two-day-old epileptic zebrafish has revealed 46 potential …

Neuroscience

Prostate cancer breakthrough: Q&A

Scientists have hailed the "single biggest leap forward" in their understanding of the genetic causes of prostate cancer, from a huge study involving …

Johnson & Johnson Expected To Go Head-To-Head With Botox, Made By Allergan, With New Anti-Wrinkle Drug

Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) is stepping into the ring with Allergan, Inc. (NYSE: AGN), maker of the famous anti-wrinkle drug, Botox. The …

Baxter closes deal for potential hemophilia drug

Baxter International Inc. has closed its acquisition of a potential hemophilia treatment from the French drugmaker Ipsen and Inspiration …

FDA Just Approved A Breakthrough Merck Drug That Treats Diabetes And Cholesterol

The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Juvisync, which combines Merck's diabetes pill Januvia with the popular cholesterol drug Zocor.<p>Patients with both diabetes and high cholesterol are at increased risk for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and other chronic conditions.<p>The …

Targeted Breast Cancer Drug Ushers in a New Era of Cancer Treatment

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug for treating breast cancer that effectively targets tumors, thus minimizing damage to other cells in the body.<p>The drug Kadcyla (kad-SY’-luh) from Roche combines the established drug Herceptin with a powerful chemotherapy drug and a …

The FDA Just Approved A New, Targeted Breast Cancer Drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says it has approved a new form of a best-selling breast cancer drug that targets tumor cells while sparing healthy ones.<p>The drug Kadcyla (kad-SY'-luh) from Roche combines the established drug Herceptin with a powerful chemotherapy and a third …

Merck's Big Vytorin Study Could Change Rules For New Cholesterol Drugs

Sometime this month, a group of independent experts will look at the data for the key study testing Merck’s blockbuster cholesterol pills, Zetia and Vytorin. They could decide that the active ingredient in both is effective – or that it is unsafe.<p>But they probably won’t do either, leaving …

Modified Cold Sore Virus Shrinks Melanoma Tumors, Amgen Says

A genetically modified version of herpes simplex virus type 1, the same virus that causes cold sores, shrank tumors of the deadly skin cancer melanoma in a clinical trial, according to Amgen, which is developing the experimental cancer treatment.<p>Patients in the trial were in the late stages of the …

The costly war on cancer

New cancer drugs are technically impressive. But must they cost so much?<p>CANCER is not one disease. It is many. Yet oncologists have long used the …