Removal of aged cells found to boost longevity in mice: study

Feb 4, 2016

Removal of aged cells found to boost longevity in mice: study

Zapping worn-out cells in the organs of “middle-aged” mice caused the rodents to live longer, healthier lives, said a study Wednesday that raised intriguing prospects for anti-aging treatments. Mice minus these aged “senescent” cells went on to enjoy better kidney function and stronger hearts, ...

Jan 28, 2016

Chinese man stole protected seeds major U.S. firms

A Chinese man pleaded guilty in a U.S. court Wednesday to stealing patent-protected corn seed from agribusiness giants Monsanto and DuPont to take back to China for commercial use. Robert Mo Hailong, 46, participated in a plot to steal inbred corn seeds from the ...

Dec 4, 2015

Summit urges limit on genome editing

Human cells or embryos that undergo a process of gene-editing must not be used to establish a pregnancy, an international scientific panel said Thursday, urging strict limits on the controversial research. The statement by the organizing committee for the International Summit on Human Gene ...

Dec 2, 2015

Scientists debate morality of editing babies' genes

Rewriting your DNA is getting closer to reality: A revolutionary technology is opening new frontiers for genetic engineering — a promise of cures for intractable diseases along with anxiety about designer babies. Hundreds of scientists and ethicists from around the world gathered Tuesday in ...

Nov 20, 2015

Fake pesticides endanger crops and human health in India

Millions of unsuspecting Indian farmers are spraying fake pesticides onto their fields, contaminating soil, cutting crop yields and putting both food security and human health at risk in the country of 1.25 billion people. The use of spurious pesticides has exacerbated losses in the ...

Nov 5, 2015

Case for testing cancer in blood builds, one study at a time

Two new studies published on Wednesday of patients with breast and prostate cancers add to growing evidence that detecting bits of cancer DNA circulating in the blood can guide patient treatment. Enthusiasm is building for “liquid biopsies,” which offer a noninvasive alternative to standard ...