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Cheap and easy technique to snip DNA could revolutionize gene therapy

Cheap and easy technique to snip DNA could revolutionize gene therapy

Jan. 7, 2013 — A simple, precise and inexpensive method for cutting DNA to insert genes into human cells could transform genetic medicine, making routine what now are expensive, complicated and rare procedures for replacing defective genes in order to fix genetic disease or even cure AIDS. Discovered last year by Jennifer Doudna and Martin Jinek of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and University of California, Berkeley, and Emmanuelle Charpentier of the Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine-Sweden, the technique was labeled a “tour de force” in a 2012 review in the journal Nature Biotechnology Continue reading

Editing genome with high precision: New method to insert multiple genes in specific locations, delete defective genes

Editing genome with high precision: New method to insert multiple genes in specific locations, delete defective genes

Jan. 3, 2013 — Researchers at MIT, the Broad Institute and Rockefeller University have developed a new technique for precisely altering the genomes of living cells by adding or deleting genes. The researchers say the technology could offer an easy-to-use, less-expensive way to engineer organisms that produce biofuels; to design animal models to study human disease; and to develop new therapies, among other potential applications. Continue reading

Editing genome with high precision: New method to insert multiple genes in specific locations, delete defective genes

Editing genome with high precision: New method to insert multiple genes in specific locations, delete defective genes

Jan. 3, 2013 — Researchers at MIT, the Broad Institute and Rockefeller University have developed a new technique for precisely altering the genomes of living cells by adding or deleting genes. The researchers say the technology could offer an easy-to-use, less-expensive way to engineer organisms that produce biofuels; to design animal models to study human disease; and to develop new therapies, among other potential applications. Continue reading

Breakthrough nanoparticle halts multiple sclerosis, offers hope for other immune-related diseases

Breakthrough nanoparticle halts multiple sclerosis, offers hope for other immune-related diseases

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More plus-size models could change women’s obsession with thin bodies

More plus-size models could change women’s obsession with thin bodies

ScienceDaily (Nov. 7, 2012) — British women’s obsession for thin bodies could potentially be changed if advertising showed more plus size models, suggests a preliminary study published November 7. The Durham University researchers, who studied over 100 women, provide evidence to back calls for models in adverts to be more representative of the actual population. Continue reading

Diabetes drug could be effective in treating addiction, researchers find

Diabetes drug could be effective in treating addiction, researchers find

ScienceDaily (Oct. 23, 2012) — Vanderbilt researchers are reporting that a drug currently used to treat type 2 diabetes could be just as effective in treating addiction to drugs, including cocaine. The findings, published online as a Letter To The Editor in the journal Molecular Psychiatry , could have far-reaching implications for patients worldwide who suffer from addiction Continue reading

Researchers set sights on new era in neuroprotection

Researchers set sights on new era in neuroprotection

ScienceDaily (Oct. 15, 2012) — For decades, patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) have had the same experience. Their hands start to shake uncontrollably, their limbs become rigid and they lose their balance. Continue reading

For some women, genes may influence pressure to be thin

For some women, genes may influence pressure to be thin

ScienceDaily (Oct. 3, 2012) — Genetics may make some women more vulnerable to the pressure of being thin, a study led by Michigan State University researchers has found. From size-zero models to airbrushed film stars, thinness is portrayed as equaling beauty across Western culture, and it’s an ideal often cited as a cause of eating disorder symptoms in young women. Continue reading

Bioengineers design rapid diagnostic tests inspired by nature

Bioengineers design rapid diagnostic tests inspired by nature

ScienceDaily (Sep. 27, 2012) — By mimicking nature’s own sensing mechanisms, bioengineers at UC Santa Barbara and University of Rome Tor Vergata have designed inexpensive medical diagnostic tests that take only a few minutes to perform Continue reading

Getting (drugs) under your skin: Using ultrasound waves, researchers boost skin’s permeability to drugs

Getting (drugs) under your skin: Using ultrasound waves, researchers boost skin’s permeability to drugs

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