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Scientists in race to test CRISPR gene-editing technique on cancer

A new gene-editing technique with potential to revolutionize cancer treatment has U.S. and Chinese scientists in a race to test it on humans.

Biology

Major breakthrough against heart failure after scientists use stem cells in 'astonishing' trial which could help millions

Heart attack patients who were not expected to live are fit and healthy after scientists regenerated their hearts with stem cells in a ground-breaking trial which could help millions of people with heart failure.<p>The research is the first to show that scarring of heart muscle, associated with a …

Heart failure

Chinese scientists will be the first to use CRISPR gene editing in human patients

Chinese scientists are preparing to set a world’s first by treating lung cancer patients with immune cells modified using the CRISPR–Cas9 gene …

Asia

Chinese scientists to trial revolutionary gene-editing technique on cancer patients

A ground-breaking gene-editing technique is to be tested on humans for the first time, with Chinese oncologists trialling the innovation on lung cancer patients.<p>The team from Sichuan University’s West China hospital in Chengdu, China will begin tests in August, the scientific journal Nature …

Cancer

Gastrointestinal disorders involve both brain-to-gut and gut-to-brain pathways

New research indicates that in patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or indigestion, there is a distinct brain-to-gut pathway, where …

Science

Why Doctors for Diabetics Now Recommend Surgery Instead of Drugs

Clinical guidelines published this week announce what may be the most radical change in the treatment of type 2 diabetes for almost a century. …

Surgery

Chinese doctors succeed in rare 3D-printed vertebrae implant

The 3D-printed vertebrae measured 19 centimeters, the longest ever in a successful operation.[Photo/Xinhua] Chinese doctors set a new record in a …

Asia

XX protection against age-related mutations

Researchers at the University of Valencia's Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology have put the 'unguarded X hypothesis' to …

Science

Antibiotics might fight Alzheimer’s plaques

A long course of antibiotics reduced the levels of a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease in the brains of mice, possibly by changing the species of …

Biology

Antibodies could stop heart disease, study finds

Antibodies that help the immune system remove dead and dying cells have been shown to reduce atherosclerosis in mouse models of cardiovascular …

Medicine

Will Organs-in-a-Dish Ever Replace Animal Models? | The Scientist Magazine®

“I believe that [organoid models] will replace a lot of current animal experimentation,” Hans Clevers of the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, …

Medicine

Curcumin alleviates oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction in astrocytes.

2016 Jul 13. pii: S0306-4522(16)30317-7. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2016.07.012. [Epub ahead of print]<p>1Department of Surgery, Division of …

Central nervous system

Amidst Conflict, World Bank Reaches 1.5 Million Yemeni Children with Polio Vaccines

Ashwak Althabibi holding her 8 months son Najranwho was vaccinated as part of the campaign.<p>UNICEF<p><i>“This is so critical to us. We cannot afford to lose</i> …

Yemen

How Slavery Changed the DNA of African Americans — Pacific Standard

<i>Widespread sexual exploitation before the Civil War strongly influenced the genetic make-up of essentially all African Americans alive today.</i><p><b>By</b> …

Slavery

Is chronic fatigue syndrome finally being taken seriously?

Jose Montoya was a trainee doctor when his supervisor told him that if he continued specialising in treating chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), he would end up homeless. “About 15 years ago, I started working with 10 patients who’d had their lives devastated by this illness,” says Montoya, now a …

Medicine

Study suggests physical cause for cell death in dry preservation

(<i>University of North Carolina at Charlotte</i>) Brine shrimp do it, water bears do it, why can't we dry preserve snow leopard or golden toad embryos and …

Science

Female-to-Male Sexual Transmission of Zika Reported | The Scientist Magazine®

“This case represents the first reported occurrence of female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus,” according to the report. “Ongoing …

Science

This Interactive Map Shows Where People With HIV Live In The US — And It Points To Some Distressing Trends

It's been 35 years since HIV/AIDS first made an appearance in the US, and it quickly spiraled into an epidemic.<p>Now medical advances have made HIV, …

Maps

The Brain Mechanism Underlying Free Will Has Been Identified

The question of whether or not humans have free will has kept philosophers busy for thousands of years. Determinists, for example, believe that the …

Free will

Gonorrhea May Soon Be Resistant to all Antibiotics

Gonorrhea may soon become untreatable.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that the wily Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria …

Gonorrhea

People with Autism Can Read Emotions, Feel Empathy

There is a persistent stereotype that people with autism are individuals who lack empathy and cannot understand emotion. It’s true that many people …

Developmental disabilities

Scientists May Have Discovered What Causes Migraines and a Path toward a Cure

1 in 7 people get them, and there is no cure. Now researchers are one step closer to what causes migraines, and how best to manage them. <br>Read More

Migraines

Stem cell scientists discover genetic switch to increase supply of stem cells from cord blood

Loading video…<p>(TORONTO, Canada – July 14, 2016) – International stem cell scientists, co-led in Canada by Dr. John Dick and in the Netherlands by Dr. …

Stem Cells

Ultrashort cell-free DNA reveals health of organ transplants

When cells die, whether through apoptosis or necrosis, the DNA and other molecules found in those cells don't just disappear. They wind up in the …

Stem cells feel the force

All cells share the same genetic code, no matter if they are skin or brain cells. However, these cells are exposed to very different types of …

Biology

Changes uncovered in the gut bacteria of patients with multiple sclerosis

A connection between the bacteria living in the gut and immunological disorders such as multiple sclerosis have long been suspected, but for the …

Science

FDA expands use of Pfizer's best-selling pneumonia vaccine

(Reuters) - Pfizer Inc said on Tuesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had expanded the use of its best-selling pneumonia vaccine, Prevnar, to adults aged 18 through 49.<p>The vaccine, which is already approved for use in adults aged 50 and above, and children aged 6 weeks to 17 years, prevents …

Viruses

A new drug that could save the US billions just got one step closer to an approval

A US Food and Drug Administration advisory committee just gave a critical recommendation for a version of Humira, the blockbuster arthritis drug made by AbbVie that brought in $14 billion in sales in 2015.<p>The panel voted unanimously in favor of licensing ABP 501, the version of Humira that's made …

Autoimmune diseases