Tag Archives: Medicine

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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Paul Allen set aside funds to fight his disease

It’s notable that the newest class of Allen Distinguished Investigators, announced today by the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, includes researchers who are developing new treatments for lymphoma. Lymphoma is the type of blood cancer that led to the death of Microsoft co-founder … Continue reading

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Stem cells help fix damaged hearts in monkeys

Medical researchers have restored the function of damaged hearts in macaque monkeys, using heart muscle cells derived from human embryonic stem cells. Now they want to do the same for humans. The technique, detailed today in the journal Nature Biotechnology, could … Continue reading

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How robots and mini-organs can save real humans

Good news, everybody: Robots can now create human mini-organs from stem cells. What could possibly go wrong? The method may sound like a nightmare from HBO’s AI thriller “WestWorld,” but researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine say it … Continue reading

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