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Allen Institute expands into immunology

Billionaire philanthropist Paul Allen died two months ago, but before he passed away, he passed along a $125 million commitment to a new research frontier: the Allen Institute for Immunology. The Allen Institute’s newest division, unveiled today at the institute’s Seattle headquarters, will focus … Continue reading

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Human gene-editing experiment put on hold

The Chinese researcher behind a controversial experiment to produce gene-edited children took the stage at a Hong Kong conference to explain his work, and acknowledged that the international outcry has brought a halt to the experiment. “The clinical trial was … Continue reading

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Reports of gene-edited babies spawn investigations

Multiple investigations are being sought in the wake of reports that a Chinese laboratory facilitated the birth of twin girls whose genes had been edited to protect them against the HIV virus that causes AIDS. The first-of-its-kind experiment, which took … Continue reading

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First gene-edited babies reportedly born in China

A Chinese researcher says his lab facilitated the first birth of gene-edited children — twin girls who are said to possess genetic alterations that could protect them from HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. “Two beautiful little Chinese girls, named Lulu and … Continue reading

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$43 million effort targets brain-blood connection

Medical researchers know all about the blood-brain barrier, but Seattle’s Allen Institute and the American Heart Association have selected three teams to participate in a $43 million initiative to study the blood-brain connection. The American Heart Association-Allen Initiative in Brain Health and Cognitive Impairment initiative, launched … Continue reading

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Wanted: A million genomes for precision medicine

Eric Dishman is a living, breathing advertisement for the ambitious experiment he’s in charge of, the National Institutes of Health’s “All of Us” drive to collect and analyze the genomes of a million Americans. If it weren’t for the fact that he … Continue reading

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Paul Allen says cancer is back, but voices optimism

Nine years after he underwent treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a potentially fatal but treatable form of cancer, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says the disease has returned. On Twitter and in a blog post, the 65-year-old billionaire investor, philanthropist and self-described “Idea Man” says he and … Continue reading

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