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How 'jumping genes' could transform gene editing

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For years, scientists have used a tool something like a pair of scissors for the complex task of gene-editing, but a newly discovered technique using "jumping genes" could offer a seamless, safer alternative. Gene-editing is the process of altering a part of DNA -- the code that governs much about… Read

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New gene tests for germs quickly reveal source of infections

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Brian Jetter was on life support, a healthy 40-year-old suddenly battling pneumonia and sepsis, and a slew of tests had failed to find the cause. Mystery illnesses like this kill thousands of people each year when germs can't be identified fast enough to reveal the right treatment. Now genetic tests… Read

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Daily HIV prevention pill urged for healthy people at risk

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Doctors should offer a daily HIV prevention pill to healthy people who are at high risk of getting infected with the virus, an influential health care panel recommends. The new guidelines aim to help cut the nearly 40,000 new HIV infections in the U.S. each year. Screening people for the… Read

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Postpartum depression in new dads often missed

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While many people can pick up on signs of postpartum depression in new mothers, the same signs are often mistaken for something else or missed entirely in fathers, a British study suggests. There needs to be greater awareness that the mental health disorder can occur in either parent for up… Read

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Holidays, vacations around the corner? Step on the scale every day to keep in shape

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People who step on the scale every day during holidays tend to avoid gaining extra pounds, a new U.S. study suggests. Nutrition researcher Jamie Cooper of the University of Georgia and her colleagues set out to examine whether the simple act of weighing oneself daily could prevent weight gain during… Read

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Medical marijuana programs take hit when pot legal for all

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When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their registered patients in just a few years, according to a data analysis by The Associated Press. Much of the decline comes from consumers who, ill or not,… Read

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Abbott device helps in cutting blood sugar in type 2 diabetics: study

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Insulin-dependent patients with type 2 diabetes saw a significant drop in their blood sugar levels after wearing Abbott Laboratories Inc's continuous glucose monitoring system for three months compared with those who use routine fingerstick testing, researchers say. The study, which was presented at the American Diabetes Association meeting in San… Read

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Mutation that protects against HIV raises death rate

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People with a DNA mutation that reduces their chance of HIV infection may die sooner, according to a study that suggests tinkering with a gene to try to fix one problem may cause others. The study authors cited the case of the Chinese researcher who tried to produce this mutation… Read

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Scientists edit chicken genes to make them resistant to bird flu

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Scientists in Britain have used gene-editing techniques to stop bird flu spreading in chicken cells grown in a lab - a key step towards making genetically-altered chickens that could halt a human flu pandemic. Bird flu viruses currently spread swiftly in wild birds and poultry, and can at times jump… Read

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WHO alarmed at STD spread in the era of dating apps

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The World Health Organization has expressed alarm at the lack of progress on curbing sexually transmitted diseases, while one of its experts warned of complacency as dating apps are spurring sexual activity. The U.N. health agency said in a fresh report that every day globally there were more than one… Read

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