Tagged: disease

‘Atlas’ of Cells Could Lead to Precision Immunotherapy for Cancer

‘Atlas’ of Cells Could Lead to Precision Immunotherapy for Cancer

Doctors can potentially spot tumors before they take root then deliver a kind of preemptive immunotherapy strike. Immunotherapy is the use of drugs to stimulate the body’s natural immune system. Given enough warning, such...

Life-Extending Discovery Renews Debate Over Aging as a ‘Disease’

Life-Extending Discovery Renews Debate Over Aging as a ‘Disease’

As we get older, NAD+ levels decrease, allowing DNA damage to build up. These mutations aren’t a direct cause of the progressive deterioration associated with aging.  Cells cope with the damage by turning on the...

If your kidney is in danger, the body will give you these 8 signs; Do not ignore it and share

If your kidney is in danger, the body will give you these 8 signs; Do not ignore it and share

When your kidneys are damaged, they may not work as well as they should. If the damage to your kidneys continues to get worse and your kidneys are less and less able to do...

Cholesterol and heart disease risk could be lowered with a single injection

Cholesterol and heart disease risk could be lowered with a single injection

People born with natural mutations that disable a specific gene have a lower risk of heart disease, with no apparent side effects. Now a single injection has successfully disabled this same gene in animal...

Ebola Returns, and Central Africa’s Virus Hunters Are Ready

Ebola Returns, and Central Africa’s Virus Hunters Are Ready

A catastrophic Ebola epidemic killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa between 2013 and 2016; so far this new outbreak looks small and containable. It’s also a chance for the world’s disease response...

Harvard’s George Church: CRISPR could give us pig-to-human organ transplants within 2 years

Harvard’s George Church: CRISPR could give us pig-to-human organ transplants within 2 years

In a bold scientific step that helps open the door to organ transplants from animals, researchers at Harvard and a private company have created gene-edited piglets cleansed of viruses that might cause disease in...

Rare genetic diseases can arise from unsuspecting carriers

Rare genetic diseases can arise from unsuspecting carriers

When two people with a rare form of deafness mate, the genetic combination can yield an unusual syndrome in which the child has fragile bones, deafness, blindness and albinism. The disorder is an example of a rare disease passed on...

Genetically engineered humans will arrive sooner than you think. And we’re not ready.

Genetically engineered humans will arrive sooner than you think. And we’re not ready.

Bioengineering has already allowed human beings to take control of their own evolution. Whether it’s emergent cloning technologies or advanced gene therapy, we’re quickly approaching a world in which humans can — and will...