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The OpenHelix BlogFri Sep 22 14:21:12 EDT 2017

Friday SNPpets
This week we’ve got DNA in the gig economy and for sports fans (?), new software resources for virus and lipids, a handy collection of cancer genomics papers, microbiomes, biosecurity, sheep, pearl millet, and de-extinction. My favorite read this week, though, was the mosquito and gene drive review paper. I am so on board to gene-drive […]

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Scientific AmericanFri Nov 24 11:22:13 EST 2017

Bacteria Gang Together in Killer Biofilms, but Scientists Can Disrupt Gang Communications
Biofilms—3-D mats of bacteria—kill as many people as cancer does and fight off antibiotics. Now scientists are turning biofilms' own weapons against them

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Massive Skin Replacement Saves Child's Life
European doctors use gene therapy to correct an inherited disease and replace 80 percent of Syrian refugee's epidermis

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Flu Vaccine "Factories" Create Errors That Reduce Protection
Eggs used to grow viruses for flu shots trigger changes that leave people vulnerable

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Infusions of Young Blood Tested in Patients with Dementia
The controversial approach aims to rejuvenate old tissue

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Mail-Order CRISPR Kits Allow Absolutely Anyone to Hack DNA
Experts debate what amateur scientists could accomplish with the powerful DNA editing tool—and whether its ready availability is cause for concern 

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New Gene-Editing "Pencil" Erases Disease-Causing Errors
This tool could, in theory, fix genetic mistakes that lead to about 15,000 illnesses

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A Start-Up Wants to Calm You Down with a Cardiac Drug You Pop Like a Mint
A company called Kick wants to market to the masses a heart medication that would be used for reversing stage fright. Some medical professionals are getting agitated

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How Ether Transformed Surgery from a Race against the Clock
Before anesthesia, surgeons battled patient agony during each procedure. But another foe awaited them next: postoperative infection

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Scientists Zero In on a New Target for Obesity
A compound that helps rodents and monkeys slim down could offer a promising approach for human therapies

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How Did Scientists Edit the Genes of Human Embryos?
Scientists have successfully edited the genes of human embryos. What does this mean for the future of genetic engineering?

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Cancer "Moon Shot" Effort Nets New Funds with NIH–Pharma Partnership
The $215-million infusion will support immunotherapy work

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Could the "Alzheimer's Gene" Finally Become a Drug Target?
Shutting down the top risk gene holds potential for halting the disease process 

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California Governor Signs Drug-Pricing Transparency Law
Manufacturers must now give notice about significant price hikes

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Gene Therapy for Blindness Appears Initially Effective, Says U.S. FDA
The treatment will be reviewed by an outside panel this week

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Can Scientists Convince the Public to Accept CRISPR and Gene Drives?
Scientists are trying new ways to win over a skeptical public

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Culture Shock: Precious Microbe Collections Languish in Threatened Bio-Libraries
Vanishing public repositories of microbes, both beneficial and deadly, have been essential for advances such as penicillin and CRISPR

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Experimental Drug That Mutes Defective Genes Raises New Hopes
RNA interference systems would target genetic sources and shut down protein production

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Nobel in Chemistry for Seeing Biomolecules in Action
The Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to Jacques Dubochet, Joachim Frank and Richard Henderson for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in...

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Chinese Scientists Fix Genetic Disorder in Cloned Human Embryos
The intricate work hints at a cure for a blood disease

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Chip Reprograms Cells to Regenerate Damaged Tissue
A device that delivers infusions of DNA and other molecules restored injured limbs in mice

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A New Push for the Male "Pill"
An international clinical trial will give a contraceptive gel a test drive

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To Advance Medicine's Future, NIH Tries to Win the Trust of Mistreated Communities
The agency hopes to enroll 1 million people in its precision medicine effort

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New Wireless Pacemaker Could Prevent Common Complications
Powered by microwaves, the device avoids some of the risks traditional systems pose

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France Eyes Legalizing Assisted Reproduction for Gay Women in 2018
French law currently restricts techniques like artificial insemination to heterosexual couples

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Dissolve the Dead? Controversy Swirls around Liquid Cremation
California state bill seeks to legalize liquefaction of corpses

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