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Stanford AI can predict negative side effects of millions of drug combinations

13.7.2018   |   Press monitoring

Nearly 40 percent of Americans over the age of 65 take five or more different drugs, and doctors often simply have to monitor patients to see if any of those drugs combine to create adverse side effects. Drug combinations are a remarkably unstudied area, but as Marinka Zitnik explains, "it's practically impossible to test a new drug in...

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Mandatory labels reduce GMO food fears

11.7.2018   |   Press monitoring

As the U.S. Department of Agriculture prepares guidelines for labeling products that contain genetically modified ingredients, a new study from the University of Vermont reveals that a simple disclosure can improve consumer attitudes toward GMO food. Led by Jane Kolodinsky, an applied economist in UVM's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences,...

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Gene editing successfully lowers monkey cholesterol levels
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Gene editing successfully lowers monkey cholesterol levels

9.7.2018   |   Press monitoring

In one of the first examples of gene-editing technology being effectively used to knock out the expression of a gene in non-human primates, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have lowered the blood cholesterol in monkeys by disabling a single gene in the liver. The successful experiments pave the way for future human trials in five to...

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Fern-tastic! Crowdfunded fern genomes published
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Fern-tastic! Crowdfunded fern genomes published

6.7.2018   |   Press monitoring

On July 17, 2014, the world decided it wanted to learn the genomic secrets hidden in the beautiful little, floating water fern, Azolla filiculoides. Not only did they want to know, but they paid for it too – a whopping $22,160 from 123 backers – through a crowdfunding site called Experiment.com. Four years later, they have what they paid for, and...

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Bacteria-powered solar cell converts light to energy, even under overcast skies

4.7.2018   |   Press monitoring

University of British Columbia researchers have found a cheap, sustainable way to build a solar cell using bacteria that convert light to energy. Their cell generated a current stronger than any previously recorded from such a device, and worked as efficiently in dim light as in bright light. This innovation could be a step toward wider adoption...

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New CRISPR-Gold technique reduces behavioral autism symptoms in mice

2.7.2018   |   Press monitoring

A remarkable new study has successfully used the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technique to edit a specific gene in mice engineered to have fragile X syndrome (FXS), a single-gene disorder often related to autism. The single gene edit in the live mice resulted in significant improvements in repetitive and obsessive behaviors, making this the first...

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Researchers develop synthetic T cells that mimic form and function of human version
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Researchers develop synthetic T cells that mimic form and function of human version

29.6.2018   |   Press monitoring

UCLA researchers have developed synthetic T lymphocytes, or T cells, that are near-perfect facsimiles of human T cells. The ability to create the artificial cells could be a key step toward more effective drugs to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases and could lead to a better understanding of human immune cells' behavior. Such cells also could...

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Killer immune cells that halt malaria could hold key to new vaccines
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Killer immune cells that halt malaria could hold key to new vaccines

27.6.2018   |   Press monitoring

Scientists have revealed that immune cells called natural killer (NK) cells may play a key role in ridding the body of malaria-infected blood cells, a study in eLife reports. The discovery adds to knowledge of how natural immunity to malaria develops in people living in areas where the parasite is common, and provides a new mechanism that could...

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New DNA synthesis technique promises rapid, high-fidelity DNA printing
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New DNA synthesis technique promises rapid, high-fidelity DNA printing

25.6.2018   |   Press monitoring

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have invented a new way to synthesize DNA that promises to be easier and faster, does not require the use of toxic chemicals and is potentially more accurate. With greater accuracy, the technique could produce DNA strands 10 times longer than today's...

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Chinese scientists test CRISPR on monkeys and find no off-target mutations

22.6.2018   |   Press monitoring

With the first UK and US human trials using the potentially revolutionary CRISPR gene editing technique about to commence, several questions still hover over the ultimate safety of this system. A team of Chinese scientists has now conducted the first full assessment of the effects of CRISPR-Cas9 on non-human primates to ascertain whether it...

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