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Alnylam's gene therapy shows strong efficacy data
(Reuters) - Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc said its experimental gene-based therapy reduced the level of a disease-causing protein, which leads to a rare organ-damaging hereditary disorder, in an early-stage trial. The therapy was also found to be generally safe and well tolerated, Alnylam said in a statement. The trial was testing Alnylam's subcutaneously delivered therapy for the treatment of an inherited, progressively debilitating and fatal disease caused by mutations in the transthyretin (TTR) gene. ...
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Sequenom exploring options for genetic analysis business
(Reuters) - Sequenom Inc, a maker of diagnostic tests, said it is exploring a full range of strategic options for its genetic analysis business. The San Diego, California company has hired Jefferies LLC as financial advisor. The genetic analysis segment, which conducts research into genetic structures to explore better ways of treating diseases, is one of the two business segments of Sequenom. The other is molecular diagnostics, which handles diagnostic testing services related to prenatal and women's health. ...
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Sequenom will review genetic analysis unit options
Sequenom said Monday it will consider strategic options for its genetic analysis unit, which could lead to a sale of the business. Sequenom said its board of directors has authorized a review of alternatives ...
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Unlicensed doc gets prison in Vegas stem cell scam
This May 18, 2011 photo shows Alfred Sapse at his Las Vegas home. The unlicensed physician was sentenced, Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 in Las Vegas to 17 1/2 years in federal prison for heading a stem cell scam that prosecutors say preyed on terminally ill patients and exposed them to risky placenta implant procedures. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Review-Journal, Jessica Ebelhar)LAS VEGAS (AP) — An 87-year-old unlicensed physician was sentenced Tuesday to 17½ years in federal prison for heading a stem cell scam in Las Vegas that prosecutors said preyed on terminally ill patients and exposed them to risky placenta implant procedures.
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Gene scans solve mystery diseases in kids, adults
This Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013 photo provided by Ashley Wonderly shows Cannon Collier, 4, in Georgetown, Texas. His parents, Lindsey and Brandon Collier searched for years for an answer to what was plaguing their son. They were mystery diseases that had stumped doctors for years — adults with strange symptoms and children with neurological problems, mental slowness or muscles too weak to let them stand. Now scientists say they were able to crack a quarter of these cases by decoding the patients' genes.
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Gene discovery could lead to new types of HIV treatments
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have identified a gene which they say may have the ability to prevent HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from spreading after it enters the body. In an early-stage study in the journal Nature, researchers said the gene, called MX2, appears to play a key role in how HIV is controlled in human cells, so using it could lead to the development of new, less toxic treatments that harness the body's natural defenses and mobilize them against the virus. ...
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Gene sequences of deadly Saudi virus show complex transmission
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Genetic analysis of samples of the deadly MERS virus that has killed 58 people in the Middle East and Europe shows the disease has jumped from animals to humans several times, scientists said on Friday. At least 132 people have been infected with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus since it emerged about a year ago, and it has killed 58 of them, according to the World Health Organisation. ...
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Wash. farmer: Broker found gene-modified alfalfa
An Eastern Washington farmer who intended to grow alfalfa that's not genetically modified had his crop rejected by a broker that said it found evidence of genetically modified pesticide resistance, the ...
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The endless debate over genetic engineering
A scientist shows By Richard Schiffman Last month a popular do-gooder website featured a curious headline: "400 Farmers Destroy Life-Saving Rice Crops, and That's a Good Thing." The story went on to describe how a mob in the Philippines — not farmers, as the headline wrongly claimed, but a motley group of city kids and political activists — trampled a test plot of Golden Rice, a blazingly yellow, genetically modified variety that contains snippets of DNA extracted from maize and a bacterium. ...
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Prana Biotechnology slumps on delay for drug data
Shares of Prana Biotechnology skidded 14 percent Friday after the company said results from a study of its most advanced experimental drug will be delayed. The company completed a six-month study of its ...
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