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“Dark matter” sounds like something George Lucas would tell
us is at the heart of the empire. In reality, it’s the parts of the human
genome that science has yet to identify -- which still sounds like it belongs
in a sci-fi movie, but the discovery could provide researchers with a new type
of specimen with which to analyze the human genome. A ...
The rise of personalized treatment has healthcare
professionals completely rethinking the way they treat cancer. At the molecular
level, each is different and should be treated accordingly, but similarities
shouldn’t be ignored either. A study from the Cancer genome Atlas (TCGA)
Research Network on endometrial tumors divided the cancer types ...
Imagine a healthcare facility where a small sample of blood
is taken as you walk in the door, just .25 attomoles -- you’d barely notice. They
drop your sample into a small, handheld device and, by the time your physician
has come to see you, they are ready to tell you if they would like further
testing for diseases like Alzheimer’s or cancer ...
With genetic research has come the realization that cancers
are unique -- not just in terms of where they are in the body, but in their
molecular make up. Although the industry is focusing on personalized medicine
as a treatment option recently, some researchers can’t help but wonder about
the prospect of a universal treatment, a drug to fight ...
Most of us know amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by its
other name, Lou Gehrig’s disease. After a recent preliminary trial at Emory
University yielded positive results, a phase II trial has been approved by the
FDA. An article
from Newswise described the first phase of the trial as fairly successful,
stating all procedures were “delivered ...
With so many new technologies emerging in recent years, trying
to combine multiple advances can be challenging, especially when those advances
haven’t been standardized yet. In a recent article from Newswise, doctors and researchers from both the
Mayo Clinic and Harvard Medical School discussed “a new problem in the delivery
of personalized ...
The introduction of new drugs that combat disease and
infection at the genetic level has been a landmark breakthrough, both for
laboratory science as well as for patient treatment plans. Cell-based
therapeutics, on the other hand, stand to become influential in the coming
years. A recent story
from Newswise reported cell therapy as the next ...
The ethical implications of genetic sequencing are really
only just beginning to be fully realized, and these questions continue to
contribute to the growing debate over information provided by the human
genome. A recent story
from NPR chronicled Henrietta Lacks and the surprisingly indefinite life of her
cells. In the article, Rebecca ...
The handheld testing application has always been something I’ve
only ever imagined as a bad plot device in science fiction. For researchers at
Columbia University’s The Flu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science,
it was apparently much, much more than that. A recent news
briefing from Dark Daily announced the introduction of a ...
I remember when the Body Worlds Exhibit came to my local
museum. I couldn’t believe it -- those were real people. My dad laughed when I
told him about it and said, “That’s why you really have to read the fine print
when you sign up to be an organ donor.” Being an organ donor, I was horrified. As
genetic research continues and breakthroughs are ...