When the Supreme Court decided on June 13 that unaltered human DNA cannot be patented, it was more than a victory for cancer patients and corporate rivals in the field of genetics; it was a reason to celebrate for Dr. Wayne Grody, a professor at UCLA School of Medicine who assisted in the case that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brought against Myriad Genetics.
Expectant mothers long have faced the choice of finding out the gender of their child while still in the womb.
A team of Israeli and U.S. scientists has discovered a gene that increases longevity in mammals. The team, led by Dr. Haim Cohen of Bar-Ilan University's Mina and Everard Goodman Faculty of Life Sciences, and including researchers from Hadassah Medical Center, the Hebrew University and Carnegie Mellon University, said the discovery increases the likelihood that similar activity can be found in a human gene. The results were published this week in the scientific journal Nature.
Shout it out loud: Gene Simmons thinks Israel boycotters among his rocking colleagues are "fools." Simmons, the Kiss co-founder known for his seemingly endless tongue, returned to Israel this week as part of his reality show, "Gene Simmons' Family Jewels."
MRI is increasingly being recommended as a complimentary screening tool, especially to find invasive tumors.
In some families, breast and ovarian cancers take an inordinately fierce toll, striking one generation after another, menacing mothers, daughters, sisters and cousins.
Thousands of Jews in Southern California, among hundreds of thousands worldwide, carry the gene for a fatal disease that's as prevalent as Tay-Sachs and just as devastating, but local Jewish leaders have failed to let the public know that the disorder exists -- and is now preventable.
The families of children with Canavan disease are suing the researchers who found the gene responsible for the illness, using blood and tissue from two children in Chicago and other children who died of the disease.