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Inside Google's Secretive Life Sciences Lab

January 29, 2015 4:11 pm | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

This is the first official look at the life sciences division of Google X.                               

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Creating ‘Genomic Origami’

December 12, 2014 9:05 am | Comments

In a triumph for cell biology, researchers have assembled the first high-resolution, 3-D maps of entire folded genomes and found a structural basis for gene regulation, a kind of “genomic origami” that allows the same genome to produce different types of cells.

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Meniscus Regenerated with 3-D-printed Implant

December 11, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

Researchers have devised a way to replace the knee’s protective lining, called the meniscus, using a personalized 3-D-printed implant, or scaffold, infused with human growth factors that prompt the body to regenerate the lining on its own.    

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Viewing Your Genome on a Blackberry Passport

December 10, 2014 1:15 pm | Comments

One of the recurring themes of the 2014 Forbes Healthcare Summit was that smartphones and mobile apps would play a larger role in the industry. However, the safety and security of these platforms are being debated. Nanthealth’s CEO Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong feels he may have a solution.

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Preeclampsia During Pregnancy Linked to Greater Autism Risk

December 9, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

Children with autism spectrum disorder were more than twice as likely to have been exposed in utero to preeclampsia, and the likelihood of an autism diagnosis was even greater if the mother experienced more severe disease, a large study has found.

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Scientists Pinpoint a New Line of Defense Used by Cancer Cells

December 8, 2014 3:00 pm | Comments

Scientists have discovered a new line of defense used by cancer cells to evade cell death, according to new research. The team identified a critical pathway of molecular signals which throw a lifeline to cancer cells.         

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Drug Development in a Time of Ebola

December 8, 2014 11:44 am | by Ryan Bushey, Associate Editor | Comments

Forbes kicked off the 2014 Healthcare Summit with a session titled, “Drug Development in A Time of Ebola,” where Forbes senior editor Matthew Herper interviewed Edward Cox and Lucianna Borio, two high-ranking officials at the FDA.

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Stickleback Leaders are Stickleback Loners

December 2, 2014 12:25 pm | Comments

Research reveals that sticklebacks with bolder personalities are not only better leaders but also less sociable than more timid fish. The behavior of these bolder fish shapes the dynamics of the group.              

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Scientists Seek to Map Origins of Mental Illness

November 26, 2014 8:30 am | Comments

An interdisciplinary team of scientists has convened to map the origins of mental illnesses in the brain and develop noninvasive technologies to treat the conditions.                        

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Gene Therapy Pioneered to Cure 'Bubble Baby' Disease

November 20, 2014 10:35 am | Comments

Researchers have pioneered a stem cell gene therapy cure for children born with adenosine deaminase (ADA)-deficient severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), often called "Bubble Baby" disease.                 

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In Chimpanzees, Long-term Bullying Makes More Babies

November 14, 2014 10:38 am | Comments

In a long-term study of interactions between chimpanzees in the famous Gombe National Park in Tanzania, researchers have found that males who consistently bully females tend to father more babies with their victims.          

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Scientists Solve Mystery of ‘Frankenstein’ DNA

November 11, 2014 11:19 am | Comments

Scientists have uncovered how the massive DNA molecules that appear in some tumors are formed like Frankenstein’s monster, stitched together from other parts of the genome.                       

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Stem Cell Transplants for Parkinson’s Edging Closer

November 7, 2014 11:47 am | Comments

A major breakthrough in the development of stem cell-derived brain cells has put researchers on a firm path towards the first-ever stem cell transplantations in people with Parkinson’s disease.                 

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Study Replicates Human Brain-to-brain Connection

November 6, 2014 1:03 pm | Comments

Researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a scientific study following the team’s initial demonstration a year ago.                   

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How Fast Can an Epidemic Spread?

November 5, 2014 10:19 am | Comments

The current Ebola outbreak shows how quickly diseases can spread with global jet travel. Yet knowing how to predict the spread of these epidemics is still uncertain, because the complicated models used are not fully understood, according to scientists.

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