Life Science

Just what we need…super-mice

Researchers at Howard Hughes Medical Institute have altered the genome of mice to express a human protein called PPAR-delta. This change enabled the mice to double their endurance. The genetic transformation is permanent and will be inherited by next-generation mice. With no previous running experience, most mice can run about 900 meters before exhaustion. But the genetically altered mice can ...

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Bio-Tech Companies Beware

In what was clearly glossed over in our current war on terrorism, the FBI has recently said that eco-terrorism — acts of violence in protest of harm to animals or to the environment — is the United States’ No. 1 terrorism threat from inside its own borders. Not sure how many of the Bio-Tech companies we want to work with ...

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Cancer cells tricked into suicide

Cancer cells tricked into suicide This is a really intresting article that shows that Cancer cells can be tricked into suicide. As we all know Cancer spreads because a gene which normally kills off cells is faulty in cancer cells. Scientists at Cancer Research UK say they have been able to get around this problem by inserting this “suicide” gene ...

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As Gene Test Menu Grows, Who Gets to Choose?

This NYT article is mostly about the proliferation of prenatal gene tests and the ethical/legal isses that they bring up. When should the tests be done? Who decides? What is the role of the physician; what’s the prerogative and role of the patient? What about legal consequences for docs? What about the cost of tests? It’s a lot of issues, ...

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