Jul 11, 2014

Pros and cons of genetic testing

More and more nonmedical companies are offering genetic testing services that inform people of their risks of developing cancer, diabetes and other diseases, but customers often don't understand the limits of such tests. Nor do they know what providers may do with such personal ...

Eucalyptus DNA finding raises hope

Jun 21, 2014

Eucalyptus DNA finding raises hope

Scientists said last week that they had unraveled the genome of a eucalyptus tree, gaining insights into its fast growth and adaptability that could one day enhance forests grown for biomass and timber. Eucalyptus is native to Australia, but has become the most widely-cultivated ...

After decades on death row, former inmate returns home

May 27, 2014

After decades on death row, former inmate returns home

Iwao Hakamada, 78, who was recently released from death row on a court decision to reopen his case 34 years after his sentence was finalized, returned to his hometown of Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture, on Tuesday. A bullet train carrying Hakamada from Tokyo arrived at ...

Obokata beefs up defense with new papers

Apr 21, 2014

Obokata beefs up defense with new papers

by Masaaki Kameda

Embattled stem cell researcher Haruko Obokata submitted additional documents to the state-backed Riken Institute on Sunday to back up her denials of alleged misconduct in her research methods, and called for more time to prepare evidence, her lawyer said Monday. The documents, emailed to ...

Sep 5, 2013

Down syndrome reversed in lab mice

U.S. researchers said Wednesday they have found a way to reverse Down syndrome in newborn lab mice by injecting an experimental compound that causes the brain to grow normally. While the study in the journal Science Translational Medicine offers no direct link to a ...