Genetic Genie to be Let Out of the Bottle or Permanently Stoppered

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November 26, 2015 - Genome editing tools are about to make an enormous impact on the environment. Just in the last few days the Food and Drug Administration in the United States made a decision that a genetically modified salmon was approved as safe to eat.

Update on Miniature Cardiac Pacemakers - Successful Clinical Trial Bodes Well for Heart Patients

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November 21, 2015 - Back in December 2013 I posted a blog about the Micra TPS, the world's smallest pacemaker. At the time the first successful human implant had been done in clinical trial in Linz, Austria, a place my wife and I visited this summer.

An Eye Drop that Dissolves Cataracts

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November 11, 2015 - Appearing in this month's edition of the journal Science is an article that reports the discovery of a solution that may prove to be revolutionary in the treatment of cataracts

Gizmos & Gadgets: A Smart Technology for Rehabilitating Stroke Victims

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November 6, 2015 - Guest blogger, Korean-born Ho-Young Ban, lost his father to stroke and witnessed two of his uncles suffering from strokes unable to get rehabilitation they needed because of lack of affordability.

Have you heard of DNA.LAND?

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October 27, 2015 - Know your genome. Help science.

That is the message you find when you first click on the link to DNA.LAND, a place where you go to learn about your genome, and while learning about it you help scientists make discoveries to benefit all of humanity.

Genomics Key to Defeating Orphan Diseases

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October 8, 2015 - In the past five years 33% of all new medicines approved by the American Food and Drug Administration have focused on rare disorders often called "orphan diseases." A category that numbers approximately 7,000, "orphan diseases" impact 350 million people around the planet. The best known is cystic fibrosis.

Cicadas and Lifespans - Reflections on a Morning Walk

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August 23, 2015 - I'm listening to cicadas outside my apartment window this morning. The steady high-pitched buzz saw singing that often is mistaken by those who are uninformed for the sound of electricity passing through wires. On my morning walks these past few weeks with Maya, my red miniature poodle, it has been hard not to notice cicadas.

What Exactly is the Clean Power Plan That President Obama Announced?

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August 4, 2015 - Yesterday the President of the United States released the revised Clean Power Plan with a focus on fossil-fuel burning power plants. Why that focus? Because these power plants are the largest carbon dioxide (CO2) emitters in the U.S. contributing 31% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Peter Diamandis Wants You to Bank Your Stem Cells

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July 28, 2015 - If you are a regular reader of this blog then you have read about the importance of our research into stem cells and their therapeutic value. I'm even contemplating having my stem cells harvested to inject into my osteoarthritic left knee to help restore the cartilage I have lost over the years.

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