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:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 11-29-2011
Scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College used genetic methods to successfully repair cleft lips in mice embryos specially engineered for the study of cleft lip and cleft palate. The research breakthrough may show the way to prevent or treat the conditions in humans.
Cleft lip and cleft palate are among the most common birth defects, with treatment requiring multiple cycles of surgery, speech therapy and orthodontics. To date, there have been very few pre-clinical methods that allow researchers to study the molecular causes of these malformations. In particular, there has been a lack of animal models that accurately reflect the contribution of multiple genes to these congenital deformities in humans. Read the rest of this entry »
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 10-06-2011
Over the next decade, the population of cancer survivors over 65 years of age will increase by approximately 42 percent.
“We can expect a dramatic increase in the number of older adults who are diagnosed with or carry a history of cancer,” said Julia Rowland, Ph.D., director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). “Cancer is largely a disease of aging, so we’re seeing yet another effect of the baby boom generation and we need to prepare for this increase.”
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 01-05-2010
Ever heard of open source computing? What does that have to do with drug discovery and molecular bioiolgy? Andrew Hessel of the pink army collective thinks that lessons learned from open source computing can be used in “open-source biology” which will eventually lead to faster drug discovery and an economically viable model for personalized medicine.
:: Posted by American Biotechnologist on 12-28-2009
This is an amazing story posted on the UK’s channel 4 a few days ago. Watch this video and learn how a 38-year-old man who was blinded in one eye, 15 years ago, has regained his eyesight due to a groundbreaking new stem cell treatment.