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Sharon Terry: Science didn’t understand my kids’ rare disease until I decided to study it

Meet Sharon Terry, a former college chaplain and stay-at-home mom who took the medical research world by storm when her two young children were diagnosed with a rare disease known as pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE). In this knockout talk, Terry explains how she and her husband became citizen scientists, working midnight shifts at the lab to find the gene behind PXE and establishing mandates that require researchers to share biological samples and work together.

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The End of the RNA World Is Near, Biochemists Argue | Quanta Magazine

For decades, an origin-of-life story starring RNA has prevailed. New research may be shaking that theory’s hold on our understanding of life’s beginnings.

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Doctors are gene editing inside the body of a living human for the first time

Brian Madeux’s life hasn’t been easy. So far, he’s had 26 operations to fix problems in everything from hernias to eyes. He has a rare disease called Hunter syndrome, which is caused by the lack of a gene that’s used to produce an enzyme that breaks down certain carbohydrates. As a result, the carbohydrates build up…

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Projects | The Francis Crick Institute

The Crick is dedicated to researching the science underlying health and disease, turning discoveries into treatments to improve lives. Free exhibitions & events.

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Assay of nearly 5,000 mutations reveals roots of genetic splicing errors

Brown biologists have developed a new system, described in Nature Genetics, that identified and tracked hundreds of genetic variations that alter the way DNA is spliced when cells make proteins, often leading to disease.

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Juno pulls the plug on a once-promising cancer treatment

J uno Therapeutics is abandoning a cancer therapy that once looked like a revolutionary advance, reacting to a rash of patient deaths that made the customized treatment too risky to push forward. The company’s decision changes the landscape in a blockbuster race to commercialize the first CAR-T technology, a promising new approach to cancer in which …

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Historian: When Computers and Biology Converge, Organisms Become Algorithms

Historian: When Computers and Biology Converge, Organisms Become Algorithms 05/18/2016 07:29 pm ET | Updated May 19, 2016 113 Daniel A. Bell Philosopher, Tsinghua University; author “The China Model” Zap Art via Getty Images On May 11, 2016, the Berggruen Philosophy and Culture Center invited Yuval…

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Taking flight: Cape parrot identified as new species | @GrrlScientist

GrrlScientist: The endangered cape parrot really is a distinct species, according to a newly-published molecular study — a finding that could impact conservation decisions and strategies in South Africa for decades to come

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Taking flight: Cape parrot identified as new species | @GrrlScientist

GrrlScientist: The endangered cape parrot really is a distinct species, according to a newly-published molecular study — a finding that could impact conservation decisions and strategies in South Africa for decades to come

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Study finds males may contribute to offspring’s mental development before pregnancy

A new study from Indiana University provides evidence in mice that males may play a positive role in the development of offspring’s brains starting before pregnancy.

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Study finds males may contribute to offspring's mental development before pregnancy

A new study from Indiana University provides evidence in mice that males may play a positive role in the development of offspring’s brains starting before pregnancy.