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DNA tests create incest dilemma

The use of DNA microarrays to diagnose developmental disabilities and congenital anomalies in children can also unexpectedly identify that some of those children have been conceived through incest, creating social and legal issues that are now challenging the scientific community. To understand the ramifications of these chance discoveries, medical researchers from the Baylor College of […]

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Shortage of medical isotopes at crisis point

Radioactive isotopes are used to perform tens of millions of medical scans and treatments every year, but scientists at this week’s Meeting of the American Chemical Society said a global shortage of these materials will likely jeopardize patient care and drive-up health care costs. “Although the public may not be fully aware, we are in […]

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Centrifuge made from a salad spinner for developing countries

A salad spinner, plastic lids, yogurt containers and a hot-glue gun could be saving lives in the developing world this summer, thanks to two Rice University undergraduates. Their rudimentary blood centrifuge, which can separate blood without electricity, will be taken abroad for nearly two months this summer as part of Beyond Traditional Borders (BTB), Rice’s […]

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Doctors Outline Policy To Prevent Genetic Discrimination

The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released a policy document which they believe should be integral to new laws designed to protect against genetic discrimination in employment and insurance. Six policy positions, appearing below, are the focus of the document. “While they’re not quite there, Congress does continue to move closer to passing federal […]

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RNA Used As Nano-Scaffolding

Microscopic scaffolding to house the tiny components of nanotech devices could be built from ribonucleic acid (RNA), the same substance that transports messages around a cell’s nucleus, says a research group at Purdue University. By encouraging RNA molecules to self-assemble into 3-D shapes resembling spirals, triangles, rods and hairpins, the group has found what could […]

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