From Gizmodo: In a ‘Key Milestone,’ Scientists Get a Clear Look at Huntington’s Disease Protein 

Scientists announced that they have observed the structure of huntingtin, a large and essential protein in many animals’ bodies which, when produced by a mutated gene, causes Huntington’s disease in humans.Read more…

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From Geek.com: New Research Finds Low Doses of Alcohol May Boost Brain Health

Can a glass of wine a day keep the doctor away? According to new research published by the University of Copenhagen, low levels of alcohol consumption may help “clean the brain.” Before you […]
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From Engadget RSS Feed: Study says e-cigarettes may lead to cancer and heart disease

Regulators may have had a change of heart about the danger of using e-cigarettes, but scientists would beg to differ. A newly published New York University School of Medicine study indicates that vaping may put you at a "higher risk"…

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From Geek.com: The Nose Knows: Electronic Schnoz Sniffs Out Colon Diseases

Taking a cue from disease-sniffing dogs, researchers in Spain developed an electronic nose that can distinguish between patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Dubbed Moosy 32 eNose, the device can recognize whether the condition […]
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From GeekWire: An ‘awesome year’? Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann has a radical view on 2017


It would be easy for Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to look back on 2017 as a year to forget. This year has brought a new presidential administration threatening cuts in U.S. foreign aid and global health funding, a major change in leadership at the U.S. Department of Education, and an epidemic of sexual harassment allegations illustrating the ongoing struggle for gender equality — to name just a few of the challenges facing the world in the areas where the Gates Foundation focuses. What’s more, Desmond-Hellmann herself started 2017 in the hospital, using a walker,… Read More

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From Geek.com: CRISPR Might Be Able to Cure Disease, Without Changing Genes

CRISPR is our genetic superweapon. Derived from the cellular machinery of bacteria, Scientists have already started using it to fight everything from cancer to HIV. This mostly works by snipping out little bits […]
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From VentureBeat: AI could help eradicate biological disease

GUEST: What does it mean to be human? The answer to this is, like humanity, in constant flux, evolving with our species and the times. But one essential, defining element for centuries is our mortality. All people get sick, and all people die. But advanced technologies like AI could help change all of that — if […]

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From Digital Trends: U.S. approves plans to release weaponized mosquitoes — for your own good

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed off on a plan to release weaponized lab-grown mosquitoes to hunt down and destroy other disease-carrying mosquitoes. Here’s how it works.
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From Engadget RSS Feed: The FDA just changed how it reviews genetic health risk tests

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced new rules today regarding direct-to-consumer genetic health risk (GHR) tests and the process by which they’re approved for sale. In a statement, Gottlieb explained that these sorts of tests can provide more a…

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