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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

Fly genetics and genomics to speed identification of human neurological disease genes
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Fly genetics and genomics to speed identification of human neurological disease genes

By Glenna Picton Magnified and viewed close up, the fruit fly is beautiful, with delicate wings, a small body and huge compound eyes of varying colors. However, their simple genome and the fact that many of their genes are conserved through evolution – even to humans – make them a powerful laboratory tool. When you … 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