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CRISPR/Cas9 : Disruptive or Innovative?
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CRISPR/Cas9 : Disruptive or Innovative?

Stirring high-profile debates over the past few months, the controversial genome editing technique, CRISPR/Cas9, continues to make scientific headlines. The June 4, 2015 issue of NATURE spotlights the ethical and safety concerns this technique raises, even referring to it as “CRISPR, the disruptor.” Experts in the Center for Reproductive Medicine (CRM) at Baylor College of … Continue reading

Deep brain stimulation overcomes cognitive deficits in Rett mice
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Deep brain stimulation overcomes cognitive deficits in Rett mice

Deep brain stimulation — usually used to treat movement disorders – overcomes the learning and memory deficits in mice whose symptoms mimic those of Rett syndrome, a neurological disease usually found in young girls, said researchers led by those from Baylor College of Medicine and the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas … Continue reading

Image of the Month — Carbon black nanoparticles at fault in emphysema
Articles / lungs / nanoparticles

Image of the Month — Carbon black nanoparticles at fault in emphysema

By Ruth SoRelle, M.P.H. Autopsies on smokers who died with severe emphysema reveal lungs that are black in appearance. These emphysematous lungs strain breathing structures and ultimately other organs. Until recently, researchers and physicians could only guess at the composition of the material that gave the black color to the lungs of smokers. In two … Continue reading

Articles / Biomarkers / Public Health

A matter of health: How 2015 Nobel Prize drug might rid Africa of ancient scourges

By Dr. Peter Hotez The announcement that the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine went to three scientists who developed antiparasitic disease drugs has important implications for sub-Saharan Africa. Two of the scientists – William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura – shared the prize for the discovery of the drug ivermectin. Ivermectin (trading as … Continue reading

Novel epigenetic signature for tumor suppressors in normal cells found
Articles / Cancer / epigenetics

Novel epigenetic signature for tumor suppressors in normal cells found

By Glenna Vickers An epigenetic feature that may help identify novel cancer driver genes has been identified by researchers in the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor College of Medicine. In a recent study published in the journal Nature Genetics, Dr. Wei Li, associate professor in the Duncan Cancer Center and department of molecular … Continue reading