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Baylor, Miraca Holdings agree to joint venture on clinical genetic testing

Baylor College of Medicine and Miraca Holdings Inc., today agreed on a joint venture in which the College will share ownership and governance of its clinical genetics diagnostic laboratories with the Japan-based international healthcare company that has a focus on clinical diagnostics and laboratory tests. Baylor Miraca Genetics Laboratories will be built on Baylor’s existing … Continue reading

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Control of genesis of new neurons in the adult hippocampus by GABAergic interneurons impaired by dysfunctional amyloid precursor protein

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. Amyloid precursor protein (APP) modulates the many processes through which newborn neurons are generated in the adult brain, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a report that appears in the Journal of Neuroscience. An important component of the proper formation of these neurons are the GABAergic interneurons, which maintain … Continue reading

Ebola not the first disease to frighten the public
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Ebola not the first disease to frighten the public

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. – George Santayana  The current furor over Ebola, a viral infection, and the few cases that have come into the United States or occurred among health care workers brings to mind earlier panics that occurred as diseases happened in the United States. What truly … Continue reading

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Blocking a coactivator may be answer to androgen-resistant prostate cancer

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. Treating advanced prostate cancer with drugs that block androgens or male hormones can result in resistance to the drugs, and is one of the most difficult problems in treating the disease. A nuclear receptor coactivator known as steroid receptor coactivator-2 (SRC-2) drives the progression of such cancers, and finding a way … Continue reading

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Experts Tackle 3 Key Policy Areas for Using Cutting-Edge Sequencing in Patient Care

By Dr. Maggie Curnutte As techniques such as next generation sequencing, which determines the precise order of the nucleotides that make up DNA, are used in patient diagnosis and treatment, three critical policy areas remain ill-defined: Regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Reimbursement policies for clinical … Continue reading

A matter of health: Ebola: New products needed for neglected tropical diseases
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A matter of health: Ebola: New products needed for neglected tropical diseases

By Peter Hotez MD PhD and Maria Elena Bottazzi PhD The devastating Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now expected to affect at least 20,000 people in the coming weeks, with some estimates suggesting that those numbers could climb several times higher.  Link those numbers with additional recent estimates that Ebola virus infection causes 70 … Continue reading