Author Archives: Sharon Begley

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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Scientists Gather for Genome Writing Conference, but Funding Is Scarce

More than 250 attendees are meeting in New York City to discuss synthesizing genomes from scratch

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"Mini-Me" Brains Mimic Disease, Raise Hope for Eventual Therapies

These lab creations may provides hunts about autism or other disorders

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Records Found in Dusty Basement Undermine Decades of Dietary Advice

Raw data from a 40-year-old study raises new questions about fats

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Should You Get Screened for Prostate Cancer?

New guidance updates a 2012 recommendation

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Seeking Pig Organs for Human Transplants

Researchers want to employ CRISPR to solve a huge health care problem

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