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Every day, there are unprecedented advances in any number of
fields in the healthcare industry. As personalized treatments become the norm,
genetic sequencing options allow physicians to understand their patients at the
genetic level -- and what could be more personal than that? On top of this,
electronic health records (EHR) transfer specific ...
Molecular engineering has been a favorite topic for
socio-political science fiction writers all over the world. Similarly, the
concept of manipulating viruses to fight other infections or disease -- in this
case, cancers -- stretches even beyond the ideas of those authors into a whole
new territory of treatment options. According to a recent ...
Despite the comparatively small amount of information we
know about it, Parkinson’s disease is extremely common. A recent article from
Medical News Today noted that the neurological disorder affects over a million
people in the US and has developed a reputation as being difficult to diagnose.
Up until recently, the disease was only caught by ...
As personalized therapy becomes a more popular option for
patient treatment, the emergence of gene therapy seems like it was only a
matter of time. The idea of being able to diagnose and correct a medical
problem at the molecular level is exciting for researchers and physicians
alike, especially when it comes to rare diseases and disorders ...
During the peak of the AIDS epidemic, Stephen Crohn saw many
friends and partners eventually succumb to the disease and noticed something strange.
He had never been diagnosed as HIV positive. A recent story
from NPR chronicled the life of Crohn and his impact on AIDS research.
Crohn sensed something different about his body, and ...
No, I’m not talking about ancient mythology or art history.
These are two phenomena that can be found inside the average person’s DNA --
sometimes completely without his or her knowledge. In genetic research, a chimera
is a living thing with several populations of cells with different genetic
makeup originating from conception. Mosaic,
on the ...
The concept of regenerative medicine is interesting. Of
course, a technique that uses your body to heal itself rather than surgical
procedures or even internal medications would be an ideal form of medicine, one
that scientists continue to work on through stem cell research. A study from
Harvard University and Karolinska Institutet ...
Induced Pluripotent Stem (IPS) Cells have been subject
all over the US and, now, all around the world. A recent press
release detailed the work of researchers from the Austrian Academy of
Sciences’ (OeAW) institute of molecular biotechnology (IMBA), led by Jürgen
Knoblich, PhD, resulting in the development of “mini brains.” ...
According to a press
release, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
(UPMC) recently had some success in regenerative medicine when a “mouse heart
was able to contract and beat again after its own cells were stripped a
replaced with human heart precursor cells.” I’ve discussed the potential of
induce pluripotent stem ...
Emotions can have an interesting physiological impact on
people, but how deep do these side effects go? Steven Cole, PhD, a professor of
medicine has been working with researchers from UCLA and the University of North
Carolina on the genetic impacts of emotions like “stress, misery, fear and all
kinds of negative psychology,” recently ...