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GMO Tomatoes to Improve Your Health

Thu, 27 Feb 2014 00:16:40 +00002014-02-27T00:16:40Z

Researchers in the UK have genetically engineered a tomato to produce anthocyanins--the compounds that give some berries and a handful of other fruits and vegetables their purple-red colors. However, anthocyanin aren't just about pretty colors. They are thought to provide significant health benefits. In fact, when the tomatoes were developed several years ago, testing showed that the provided some protection against tumors in cancer-prone mice.

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Acid-Bath Stem Cell May Be Washed Up

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:22:09 +00002014-02-19T23:22:09Z

You may have heard about the sensational study a couple weeks ago which showed that certain type of stress can turn normal adult cells into stem cells. Many news stories fixated particularly on the finding that simple acid was enough to generate pluripotent stem cells from regular mouse blood cells. Such an easy way to produce stem cells would be a phenomenal achievement. In the last several days, however, concerns about the integrity of these novel findings have begun to replace much of the initial excitement.

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Protein That Eliminates Plaque-Forming Amyloids Associated with Alzheimer's

Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:24:14 +00002014-02-17T19:24:14Z

It's been known for over 100 years that dark sticky deposits known as plaques form in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. These are caused by fragments of a protein known as amyloid. For some reason, normal amyloid sometimes folds up incorrectly and the misfolded molecule then clumps together to form these plaques between nerve cells. Alzheimer's seems to start as soon as the amyloid clumps begin to accumulate and disrupt brain cell function. The large visible plaques occur late in the process.

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Valentine's Day: A Holiday for the Heart

Mon, 10 Feb 2014 13:00:18 +00002014-02-10T13:00:18Z

There are heart transplants and artificial hearts but they are poor substitutes for the one you are born with. While the heart has been a symbol of love and desire since ancient times, it's pumping actions does truly sustain our lives from minute to minute. In fact, keeping your cardiovascular system fit may be the most important thing you can do for your personal health.

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Why Is Drug Development So Expensive

Sun, 09 Feb 2014 17:08:37 +00002014-02-09T17:08:37Z

Discovering and developing new therapeutics is incredibly expensive. Analysis shows that each new drug costs several billion dollars to develop and launch. Why is it so expensive to develop new drugs? What drives this cost?

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The Changing Drug Development Environment

Fri, 31 Jan 2014 16:31:57 +00002014-01-31T16:31:57Z

An increased understanding of disease, escalating healthcare costs, and informed patient groups are having a transformative impact on the development and approvals of new therapeutics. What do pharmaceutical and biotech companies need to do to account for these changes to maximize the success of their drug development programs?

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New Biotech Developments Anticipated This Year

Wed, 22 Jan 2014 23:47:44 +00002014-01-22T23:47:44Z

The start of the New Year has me wondering about the biomedical and biotech developments the next 12 months might bring.

The accuracy of last year's 2013 list is mixed. Some predictions like expected advances in stem cell research and cancer occurred as expected. These weren't very specific though. Also, there was the Supreme Court ruling on gene patenting. On the other hand, approval of the first GMO animal for human consumption, the AquaAdvantage Salmon, has still not occurred.

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Metabolism Boosting Hormone Found

Wed, 08 Jan 2014 05:06:42 +00002014-01-08T05:06:42Z

Most everyone is aware that regular exercise improves your body's metabolism--the rate at which you is burn calories to produce energy. The more energy you have, the more energetic you feel, and the faster your body recovers and heals.

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Some GMOs Contain Pesticides. So What?

Fri, 03 Jan 2014 04:36:11 +00002014-01-03T04:36:11Z

Many groups concerned about environmental health issues express concern that genetically modified crops have been engineered to express insecticide. For example, here is a blog from Generation Green. In fact, it is true that some crops have been modified to produce a protein lethal to some insects. Is this a reason for concern though? Only if you are an insert larva.

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The Past Year in Biotech

Sun, 22 Dec 2013 13:25:59 +00002013-12-22T13:25:59Z

Several exciting biotech development occurred in 2013. The year saw the first cloning of human embryos and a decision by the Supreme Court on patenting genes. Researchers worked out important details about the development of Alzheimer's disease, medicine learned to appreciate the microbes living all over each of us, and researchers discovered a new fast approach for gene engineering. Finally, Google also started an anti-aging venture.

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