Author Archives: Sharon Begley

CRISPR Makes Cancer Cells Turncoats That Attack Their Tumor

The experimental approach showed promise across three types of malignancies in mice

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Psychiatrists Call for Rollback of Policy Banning Discussion of Public Figures’ Mental Health

Famed Goldwater Rule adopted by the American Psychiatric Association is said to deprive the public of expert analysis about the mental health of elected leaders 

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CRISPR-Edited Cells Linked to Cancer Risk in 2 Studies

The preliminary findings raise questions about one of the ways this tech edits genomes 

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3 CRISPR Scientists Win Prestigious Award, Fanning Controversy over Credit

The tangled history over the genome-editing tool has played out in court and scientific circles

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All You Need to Know for Round 2 of the CRISPR Patent Fight

Oral arguments take place in Washington, D.C.

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Miniature Human Brains Grow for Months When Implanted in Mice Skulls

The lab-grown cerebrums are about the size of a lentil

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Columbia’s Dismissal of Prominent Neuroscientist Prompts Demand for Answers​

An online petition calls for transparency about the removal of neuroscientist Thomas Jessell​

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FDA Approves First Direct-to-Consumer Test for Breast Cancer Risk

The 23andMe genetic offering “has a lot of caveats” 

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Scientists Have Reconstructed the Genome of a Bird Extinct for 700 Years

The work hinged on DNA from a museum specimen

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Matching DNA to a Diet Does Not Work

The results come from a rigorous, $8 million study

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Trump Administration Halts Program That Evaluates Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Therapies

The initiative was terminated without any replacement offerings set up in its place

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Genetically Modified T Cells Might Help Fight HIV

Preliminary work in monkeys suggests stem cells can be engineered to help combat the virus

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3 Brain Technologies to Watch in 2018

"Neural dust," thought-powered typing and mini-brains generate academic and corporate interest

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U.S. Lifts Moratorium on Funding Controversial, High-Risk Virus Research

The three-year-old policy had “paused” 21 publicly-funded projects

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Brain Organoids Get Cancer, Too, Opening a New Frontier in Personalized Medicine

Scientists hope to test experimental therapies on these “micro-brains”

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Tiny Human Brain Organoids Implanted in Rodents

“Micro quasi-brains” could aid disease research, but trigger ethical concerns

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Squashed in Space: Study Identifies Changes in Astronauts’ Brains

The NASA-funded work compares MRIs before and after trips

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Brain Stimulation Partly Awakens Patient after 15 Years in Vegetative State

The procedure may not work for others in a similar condition

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Gut Germs Appear to Play Role in Multiple Sclerosis

Are probiotics for MS next?

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Do Prostate Cancer Screenings Significantly Reduce Deaths?

New findings reignite controversy about current recommendations

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Democrats in Congress Explore Creating an Expert Panel on Trump’s Mental Health

There is also a bill aimed at establishing a “commission on presidential capacity”

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First Human Embryos Edited in the U.S., Scientists Say

Reports suggest researchers have altered DNA and made few errors 

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Psychiatry Group Says Members Can Comment on Trump’s Mental Health

The decision overturns decades-old norms

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Mice Show Signs of Mental Disorder After Injections of Cells from Schizophrenia Patient

The work may offer new insights into the disease’s origins  

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5 Things to Know about the Experimental Therapy for Charlie Gard

The British baby has a rare, lethal disease

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Personalized Cancer Vaccines Vanquish Melanoma in Small Study

The therapy trains the immune system to attack tumors

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Preventing Dementia: New Report Says Not Much Is Proved to Work

National Academies review says cognitive training evidence remains scant

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The Human Genome Was Never Completely Sequenced

The effort completed in 2003 used the best technology available but now scientists could do more

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"A Feature, Not a Bug": George Church Ascribes His Visionary Ideas to Narcolepsy

Projects at the famed biologist’s lab include DNA data storage and resurrecting the woolly mammoth  

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Does Living in a City Make You Psychotic?

Scientists take a fresh look at how densely populated cities affect mental health

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