Jul 1, 2016

Hundreds of U.S. companies sell unapproved 'stem cell treatments'

Hundreds of companies across the United States are selling unapproved stem cell treatments directly to patients, raising concerns about safety and scams in a fast-growing industry, researchers said Thursday. At least 351 companies across the United States are marketing unapproved stem cell procedures at ...

Jun 5, 2016

Precision medicine can widen cancer care options, studies find

Using a patient’s individual tumor biomarkers to determine the best treatment can improve success rates, studies showed Saturday. Unlike chemotherapy and radiation therapy, targeted medicine allows for the preservation of healthy cells. This approach, especially immunotherapy, which boosts the immune system to destroy tumor ...

Scientists propose project that includes making human DNA

Jun 3, 2016

Scientists propose project that includes making human DNA

Scientists proposed a long-term project Thursday that involves creating DNA blueprints for making human beings, a prospect some observers find troubling. The researchers said they have no intention of using these genomes — huge collections of genetic material — to make people. Instead, they ...

Apr 14, 2016

Human cloning with Chinese characteristics

China’s top geneticists say the country should set its own standards and regulations on human genome research, state-run media reported Wednesday, as ethical debate erupted over a Chinese study on modified human embryos. Researchers from Guangzhou Medical University said they used a gene-editing technique ...

IPS studies give hope to people with vision loss

Mar 10, 2016

IPS studies give hope to people with vision loss

People suffering vision loss may one day have new corneas and lenses grown from their own cells and be spared the invasive transplants required today, according to new research. In papers published Wednesday in the journal Nature, a research team said they had managed ...