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Still too soon to try altering human embryo DNA, panel says

It’s still too soon to try to make genetically edited babies because the science isn’t advanced enough to ensure safety, says an international panel of experts who also mapped a pathway for any countries that want to consider it. Mainstream scientists condemned his experiment as unethical, and He was sentenced to three years in prison […]

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How to spot patients most likely to die from blood infections

David Gonzalez’s “a-ha” moment came when a physician-colleague, George Sakoulas, MD, shared with him one of the biggest problems faced in clinical practice: How long it takes to diagnose a patient. “The faster we know what’s going to happen to our patients, the better we can treat them,” said Sakoulas, an infectious disease specialist and […]

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Diabetes-in-a-dish model uncovers new insights into the cause of type 2 diabetes

Using cells taken from patients with type 2 diabetes and new techniques to convert them into specialized precursors of muscle cells, researchers have developed a novel ‘disease-in-a-dish’ model to study the basic molecular factors that lead to the development of type 2 diabetes. Defects in insulin signaling or insulin resistance in skeletal muscle is important […]

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Genetic information can predict predisposition to rare and common blood diseases

Two large-scale genetic studies have identified the bulk of genetic variation that influences medically-important characteristics of our blood cells. Researchers from the Wellcome Sanger Institute, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and colleagues from 101 research institutions world-wide, have studied hundreds of thousands of participants and identified over 7,000 regions of the human genome […]

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Is consciousness continuous or discrete? Maybe it’s both, argue researchers

Two major theories have fueled a now 1,500 year-long debate started by Saint Augustine: Is consciousness continuous, where we are conscious at each single point in time, or is it discrete, where we are conscious only at certain moments of time? In an Opinion published September 3 in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, psychophysicists […]

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Novel insights of how prostate cancer causes secondary tumors

An increased awareness of what molecular-level mechanisms prostate cancer cells use to become mobile and spread may provide new opportunities for the treatment of aggressive prostate cancer. This according to a new study by researchers at UmeĆ„ University, Sweden, in collaboration with researchers in Uppsala and Tokyo. “We can show that one specific amino acid […]

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New research shows tracing apps can save lives at all levels of uptake

The latest research findings from a team of modelers and epidemiologists at Oxford University’s Nuffield Department of Medicine and Google Research suggest digital contact tracing, such as that based on Google and Apple’s Exposure Notification System (ENS), can help to control the epidemic at low levels of app uptake. The latest research models the potential […]