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Stem cell research and use in veterinary medicine

Stem cells show so much promise in human medicine. Cells that have the ability to become anything that the body needs is nothing short of a miracle. What is the role of stem cells in veterinary medicine? Do stem cells have a place? Many say they very much do. Stem cells are able to be harvested from animals and are primarily used in horses, dogs, and cats for arthritic conditions. There is much less controversy in...

Who wants to live forever? Scientist sees aging cu...

(Reuters) – If Aubrey de Grey’s predictions are right, the first person who will live to see their 150th birthday has already been born. And the first person to live for 1,000 years could be less than 20 years younger. A biomedical gerontologist and chief scientist of a foundation dedicated to longevity research, de Grey reckons that within his own lifetime doctors could have all the tools they need to...

Coffee buzz protects brain from Alzheimer’s

For years we’ve been told that caffeinated coffee was bad for us. It’s unhealthy and addictive, doctors warned. But as vindication for all who stuck by their energizing elixir, a new study shows that guzzling caffeinated coffee may actually be good for our brains. In fact, it may help keep Alzheimer’s at bay. The study, which was published early online in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, was in mice whose DNA...

Hemophilia Is Target of Therapy on Genome

Researchers using a new technique for editing the genome of living cells have shown that they can cure hemophilia in mice, at least in principle, with a couple of injections that carry out the “cut” and “paste” operations needed to insert a corrective gene. This is the first time this genome-editing technique has succeeded in a live animal. Along with other applications, like two AIDS treatments in preliminary...

Genome Maps Solve Medical Mystery For Calif. Twins

Ever since scientists began to sequence the entire genomes of individuals —beginning with those of Nobelist James Watson and scientific entrepreneur J. Craig Venter in 2007 — skeptics have wondered just how useful this elegant and expensive trick would become. A pair of 14-year-old twins, Alexis and Noah Beery, now provide a compelling answer, even if it’s not yet clear how generalizable their case is to...

Bacterium that nips malaria in the bud ‘iden...

Scientists claim to have identified a bacterium which nips malaria in the bud by stopping the development of Plasmodium falciparum parasite that causes the disease in humans. Malaria afflicts more than 225 million people worldwide. Each year, the disease kills nearly 800,000 people. Now, a team at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that the Enterobacter bacterium is part of the naturally...
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