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Biomedical Research and Policy Reporter — Nature Magazine

Biomedical research and policy reporter at @NatureNews covering brains, bugs, and @NIH. Recovering molecular biologist, nature lover, music snob. Opinions mine.

“Young Blood” Anti-Aging Mechanism Called into Question

nature.com — Getty Images The hunt for the fountain of youth is back to square one - at least for those seeking it in blood. New findings cast doubt on research that attempted to explain why the muscles of an old animal can be rejuvenated with a dose of blood from a young animal.

'Young blood' anti-ageing mechanism called into question

nature.com — Getty Images The hunt for the fountain of youth is back to square one - at least for those seeking it in blood. New findings cast doubt on research that attempted to explain why the muscles of an old animal can be rejuvenated with a dose of blood from a young animal.

US science academies take on human-genome editing

nature.com — IHM/National Library of Medicine The US National Academy of Sciences (NAS) and National Academy of Medicine (NAM) will launch a major initiative to develop guidelines for editing human genomes, they said on 18 May. The initiative follows the April announcement that researchers had used a gene editing system called CRISPR-Cas9 to remove a mutated gene from a human embryo.

Hidden African typhoid epidemic traced to drug-resistant bacteria

nature.com — An antibiotic-resistant strain of typhoid bacterium is driving a previously unrecognized epidemic in Africa, researchers report on 11 May in Nature Genetics. Typhoid, which is caused by a variant of Salmonella known as Typhi, remains a major health threat in developing countries, particularly in areas with poor sanitation.

New Type of Stem Cell Could Make It Easier to Grow Human Organs

nature.com — Mpi Muenster/dpa/Corbis A newly discovered type of stem cell could help provide a model for early human development - and, eventually, allow human organs to be grown in large animals such as pigs or cows for research or therapeutic purposes.

Fear of hackers holds back online voting in the US

newscientist.com — DESPITE perennial efforts to "get out the vote", voter turnout in the US remains low - just 60 per cent in the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections. The main excuse is that getting to polling stations is too inconvenient. But with smartphones and computers at everyone's fingertips, why can't people vote online?

Scientists stumble across unknown stem-cell type

nature.com — Mpi Muenster/dpa/Corbis A newly discovered type of stem cell could help provide a model for early human development - and, eventually, allow human organs to be grown in large animals such as pigs or cows for research or therapeutic purposes.

Ban DNA Editing Human Embryos, NIH Says

scientificamerican.com — The U.S. National Institutes of Health reiterated its position after researchers delete a disease gene in nonviable zygotes The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has reaffirmed its ban on research that involves gene-editing of human embryos.

Embryo editing sparks epic debate

nature.com — Yorgos Nikas/SPL In a world first, Chinese scientists have reported that they have used powerful gene-editing techniques to modify human embryos. Their paper, published in the Beijing-based journal Protein & Cell on 18 April, came as no surprise to the scientific community, but it has ignited a wide-ranging debate about what types of gene-editing research are ethical.

NIH reiterates ban on editing human embryo DNA

nature.com — Michael Reynolds/EPA/Corbis The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) has reaffirmed its ban on research that involves gene-editing of human embryos. In a statement released on 29 April, NIH director Francis Collins spelled out the agency's long-standing policy against funding such research and the ethical and legal reasons for it.
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May 22, 2015

House *authorises* $10b for NIH. Goes nowhere until @HouseAppropsGOP ok's the $$. And no Senate bill til December. twitter.com/HankGreelyLSJU…

May 19, 2015

Back to the drawing board: The promising explanation for how young blood restores old mice may be wrong. @NatureNews nature.com/news/young-blo…

May 15, 2015

One very cool theory: People who see #TheDress as blue are night owls accustomed to correcting for artificial light. gu.com/p/49vxc/stw



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