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Patent Law For The Human Genome
2013-04-15 06:01:44

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on Monday in a case that could determine whether or not human DNA can be patented, which could have a tremendous impact on genetic research, one way or the other. According to Reuters reporter Sharon Begley, “The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted patents on at least 4,000 human genes to companies, universities and others that have discovered and decoded them.”...

Sequencing Cancer's DNA May Yield Better Prevention Strategies
2013-03-28 06:16:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers at the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center have identified new DNA sequences associated with breast and ovarian cancers that help reveal the underlying causes of these diseases so new prevention strategies can be devised. The findings appear in three studies in the journals PLoS Genetics and Nature Genetics. In the first study, published in the journal PLoS Genetics, researchers looked at variations across the genomes of...

Supreme Court May Decide Whether We Own Our Genes
2013-03-26 18:06:58

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online They may be responsible for everything in your life, from conception to death, they may be inside every living cell in your body — but you do not own your own genes, legally speaking. According to a report in Genome Medicine, patents essentially cover the entire human genome, hampering research and raising the question of “genomic liberty.” The legal standing of genomic patents could change next month when...

2013-02-12 14:01:58

Information prompts individuals to consult physician, inform relatives A 23andMe study of consumers' reactions to genetic testing found that even when the tests revealed high-risk mutations in individuals, those individuals had few negative reactions to the news. Instead of inducing serious anxiety, the test results prompted people to take positive steps, including follow-up visits with a doctor and discussions with family members who could also be at risk. The study, titled "Dealing...

2013-02-04 10:19:38

Double-strand breaks in DNA happen every time a cell divides and replicates. Depending on the type of cell, that can be pretty often. Many proteins are involved in everyday DNA repair, but if they are mutated, the repair system breaks down and cancer can occur. Cells have two complicated ways to repair these breaks, which can affect the stability of the entire genome. Roger A. Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D., associate investigator, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute and associate professor...

Breast Cancer Mutation Linked To Early Onset Menopause
2013-01-30 09:42:51

Connie K. Ho for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Scientists from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) recently conducted a study that showed a significantly earlier onset of menopause for women who inherited a mutation in one of the breast cancer susceptibility (BRCA) genes. These genes, known as BRCA1 or BRCA2, are tumor suppressor genes, meaning that they prevent uncontrolled cell growth. The study is of particular importance as it points to the possibility...

2013-01-22 10:40:39

Cancer cells are resourceful survivors with plenty of tricks for staying alive. Researchers have uncovered one of these stratagems, showing how cells lacking the tumor suppressor BRCA1 can resume one form of DNA repair, sparing themselves from stagnation or death. The study appears in the January 21st issue of The Journal of Cell Biology. The BRCA1 protein helps to mend double-strand DNA breaks by promoting homologous recombination. Without it, cells can amass broken, jumbled, and fused...

2013-01-14 23:00:13

The CBCD agrees with DNA Pioneer Dr. Watson. More risks need to be taken in cancer research. Rochester, NY (PRWEB) January 14, 2013 The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) has learned that DNA pioneer and Nobel Prize winner, James Watson recently published a scathing article against America´s cancer research establishment. His paper was published in the journal, Open Biology and in it, he argued that the $100 million U.S. project to determine the DNA changes that drive...

Genetic Tumor Testing Aids Breast Cancer Treatment
2012-10-21 09:45:26

redOrbit staff & Wire Reports — Your Universe Online Experts at the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) have started using a new DNA sequencing technique they say will help devise individualized, more effective methods of treating breast cancer. According to oncologists at the BCM Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, the methods used to treat a patient's cancer are dependent upon several factors, including the size of the tumor, its biological state, the stage the illness is...


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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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