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Can human genes be patented? High court weighs genetic test
NBC News
Can a company own a patent on the genes in the human body — including yours? The U.S. Supreme Court takes up that question, diving into an issue that could help determine the future of life-saving genetic medicine. The case involves a test that has helped guide more than a million women in their medical decisions. It can determine whether the composition of their genes makes them more likely to get breast or ovarian cancer.
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Human infections with novel influenza A viruses
CDC Health Alert Network via American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
Chinese public health officials have reported 14 cases of human infection with a novel avian influenza A (H7N9) virus from four different provinces in China. All patients were hospitalized with severe respiratory illness, and six persons have died. These are the first human infections identified with an avian influenza A virus infection. These cases are a reminder that novel A influenza viruses can infect and cause severe respiratory illness in humans.
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How social networks influence parents' decision to vaccinate
Time
With so much confusing and even misleading information about vaccine safety available on the Internet, it's no surprise that parents are influenced by their friends' attitudes when it comes to immunizing their kids. Researchers who surveyed 196 parents of children 18 months or younger in areas in Washington, Vermont, Wisconsin and Minnesota found at least 95 percent of parents in two groups indicated that they had consulted their "people network" for insight into making vaccination decisions.
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Moderate drinking may increase breast cancer survival rates
CBS News
Drinking alcohol in moderation may not worsen a woman's odds of surviving breast cancer, a new study finds. In fact, alcohol may even help. A study published recently in the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed that consuming alcohol had no affect on the person's survival rate.
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Rat kidneys made in lab point to aid for humans
The New York Times
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston have made functioning rat kidneys in the laboratory, a bioengineering achievement that may one day lead to the ability to create replacement organs for people with kidney disease. The kidneys were made by stripping donor kidneys of their cells and putting new cells that regenerate tissue into them.
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Media's role in cell culture success
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
Many cell culture experts will argue that improvements in media and feed have been more responsible than any other factor in raising production titers for therapeutic proteins. While the "nature vs. nurture" argument is far from settled, culture media is at worst the partner of cell-line development in the quest for productivity, safety and efficacy.
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New tool developed to identify air travelers with infectious disease
St. Michael's Hospital via The Medical News
Researchers have developed a simple new tool to help governments worldwide decide whether to screen airplane passengers leaving or arriving from areas of infectious disease outbreaks. The tool was developed by examining all international airplane traffic in the initial stages of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic.
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New genetic link found between normal fetal growth and cancer
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Two researchers at the National Institutes of Health discovered a new genetic link between the rapid growth of healthy fetuses and the uncontrolled cell division in cancer. The findings shed light on normal development and on the genetic underpinnings of common cancers. The work, conducted using mouse and human tissue, appears in the issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Residents continue fight against Boston University infectious disease lab
WBUR-FM
Despite more than a decade of lawsuits, protests and meetings, Boston University is moving forward with its infectious disease lab while opponents continue to argue the research facility is unsafe for residents living in the the lower Roxbury and South End neighborhoods. Opponents will be in federal court arguing for a permanent injunction against so-called Level 4 research, which deals with some of the deadliest pathogens.
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Moderate drinking may increase breast cancer survival rates
CBS News
Drinking alcohol in moderation may not worsen a woman's odds of surviving breast cancer, a new study finds. In fact, alcohol may even help. A study published recently in the Journal of Clinical Oncology showed that consuming alcohol had no affect on the person's survival rate.

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China culls birds as flu deaths mount
Reuters
Chinese authorities slaughtered over 20,000 birds at a poultry market in Shanghai as the death toll from a new strain of bird flu mounted to six, spreading concern overseas. The local government in Shanghai said the Huhuai market for live birds had been shut down and 20,536 birds had been culled.

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Immune therapy offers hope in ovarian cancer
MedPage Today
A novel two-step immunotherapy process appears to be effective in nearly three-fourths of women with advanced ovarian cancer, a researcher said. The process begins with treatment with a personalized vaccine derived from the patient's own dendritic cells.

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UCLA study suggests potential therapy for HIV
Infection Control Today
UCLA scientists have shown that temporarily blocking a protein critical to immune response actually helps the body clear itself of chronic infection. Published in a recent edition of Science, the finding suggests new approaches to treating persistent viral infections like HIV and hepatitis C.
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Survey: Majority of Americans keep track of own health status
Dark Daily
There is the opportunity for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups to build closer relationships with consumers by improving the access consumers have to their medical laboratory test data. A majority of Americans are now tracking health indicators, according to a recently published study.
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Report: Oversight scant at specialty pharmacies nationwide
CBS News
Congressional investigators say pharmacy boards in nearly all 50 states lack the information and expertise to oversee specialty pharmacies like the one that triggered a deadly meningitis outbreak last year. A report released Monday by House Democrats shows that most states do not track or routinely inspect compounding pharmacies.
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