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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.

Obama Makes Risky Bid to Increase Science Spending

scientificamerican.com — With less than a year before he leaves office, US President Barack Obama is making a strong push to increase spending on scientific research. His fiscal year 2017 budget plan, released on February 9, calls for a 4% bump in research and development funding across the federal government.

U.S. Panel Green-Lights Creation of Male 3-Person Embryos

scientificamerican.com — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should approve clinical trials to transfer DNA from healthy human eggs to diseased embryos, the US National Academy of Medicine said today. The controversial gene-therapy technique involves replacing an embryo's energy-producing mitochondria with healthy mitochondria from the egg of a second woman.
Feb 03, 2016

US Panel Green-Lights Creation of Male 3-Person Embryos scientificamerican.com/article/u-s-pa… Federal law may prevent regulators from approving technique

U.S. Panel Greenlights Creation of Male Three-Person Embryos

scientificamerican.com — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should approve clinical trials to transfer DNA from healthy human eggs to diseased embryos, the US National Academy of Medicine said today. The controversial gene-therapy technique involves replacing an embryo's energy-producing mitochondria with healthy mitochondria from the egg of a second woman.

US panel greenlights creation of male 'three-person' embryos

nature.com — Zephyr / Science Photo Library The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should approve clinical trials of a gene-therapy technique to create embryos with genetic material from three people, the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine said on 3 February. The goal would be to prevent mothers from passing down disabling or fatal genetic disorders.
Feb 03, 2016

US National academies recommends in favor of mitochondrial replacement IVF. But only for male embryos: nature.com/news/us-panel-…

Feb 03, 2016

RT @NatureNews: US panel greenlights creation of male 'three-person' embryos, reports @Sara_Reardon ow.ly/XUj4o pic.twitter.com/zoeiC0Mvee

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Spread of antibiotic-resistance gene does not spell bacterial apocalypse - yet

nature.com — TREND WATCH: Researchers have discovered that bacteria worldwide are sharing a gene that confers resistance to colistin, a 'last resort' antibiotic. Reports of the discovery originated last month from China, and have been followed by findings of similar resistance in countries including Denmark, the Netherlands, France and Thailand.
Dec 21, 2015

RT @BioAndBaseball: Spread of antibiotic-resistance gene does not spell bacterial apocalypse — yet nature.com/news/spread-of…

Dec 21, 2015

Colistin is rarely used, so resistant bugs in Europe & Asia don't spell bacteriocalypse - yet. #antibioticresistance nature.com/news/spread-of…

Dec 22, 2015

Phew: spread of antibiotic-resistance gene does not spell bacterial apocalypse — yet nature.com/news/spread-of…

Biomedicine wins big in US budget deal

nature.com — Chip Somodevilla/Getty Biomedical research advocates are revelling in holiday cheer as a budget bill passed by the House of Representatives on 18 December gives the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) its biggest funding increase since 2003.
Dec 20, 2015

RT @NatureNews: US budget bill gives the NIH & other research agencies a healthy increases for 2016 ow.ly/W58Hf https://t.co/up…

Brain Manipulation Studies May Produce Spurious Links to Behavior

scientificamerican.com — In the tightly woven networks of the brain, tugging one neuronal thread can unravel numerous circuits. Because of that, the authors of a paper published in Nature on December 9 caution that techniques such as optogenetics-activating neurons with light to control brain circuits-and manipulation with drugs could lead researchers to jump to unwarranted conclusions.

Brain manipulation studies may produce spurious links to behaviour

nature.com — In the tightly connected brain, pulling out one neuronal thread can unravel numerous circuits. Because of that, the authors of a paper published in Nature on 9 December caution that techniques such as optogenetics - activating neurons with light to control brain circuits - and manipulation with drugs may lead researchers to jump to unwarranted conclusions.
Dec 09, 2015

Optogenetics and other brain manipulations may be causing unintended changes in behavior. My story @NatureNews. nature.com/news/brain-man…

Dec 10, 2015

Ruh-roh. Evidence of significant off-target effects for optogenetic studies? nature.com/news/brain-man…

Dec 10, 2015

Permanent and temporary brain manipulations cause different behavioral effects. Can we trust optogenetic findings? nature.com/news/brain-man…

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Global summit reveals divergent views on human gene editing

nature.com — Yorgos Nikas/SPL When nearly 500 scientists, ethicists, legal experts and advocacy groups from more than 20 countries came together in Washington DC last week to produce guidelines for the use of gene editing in humans, the meeting served as a potent reminder of how far genetic engineering has permeated society.
Dec 08, 2015

Culture and laws will shape future of human-gene editing. #GeneEditSummit aired some non-Western views. @Naturenews nature.com/news/global-su…

Dec 08, 2015

Global summit reveals divergent views on human gene editing. Smart angle on recent #geneeditsummit by @Sara_Reardon nature.com/news/global-su…

Brain Study Seeks Roots of Suicide

scientificamerican.com — Suicide is a puzzle. Fewer than 10% of people with depression attempt suicide, and about 10% of those who kill themselves were never diagnosed with any mental-health condition. Now, a study is trying to determine what happens in the brain when a person attempts suicide, and what sets such people apart.
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Feb 11, 2016

RT @vmjaggard99: Feeling a little 😢 for any non-gravitational #AAAS2016 news coming out today ...

Feb 11, 2016

Hopkins begins transplanting #HIV+ organs after decades-long fight against stigma. Backstory @NatureMedicine (free!) bit.ly/1Q9RW6v

Feb 10, 2016

Hopkins begins transplanting #HIV+ organs after decades-long fight against stigma. Backstory @NatureMedicine (free!) rdcu.be/ggHO

Feb 09, 2016

RT @edyong209: It is "the world’s worst Transformer: instantly changing shape from a cockroach into a much flatter cockroach" theatlantic.com/science/archiv…

Feb 08, 2016

@rking_19 Who's the reporter wearing a sport coat over a Broncos jersey?

Feb 05, 2016

RT @NatureNews: The final results of our poll are in: 62% agree with the decision to grant licence for UK scientists to edit genes in human embryos. #CRISPR

Feb 03, 2016

Drinking gets women pregnant, according to condescending CDC warning. Finally, an explanation for the virgin Mary! washingtonpost.com/blogs/compost/…


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