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March 19, 2015

More than 200 infectious disease researchers from the Boston area converged at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard last week to swap business cards and drug discovery ideas and talk about the biggest medical challenges ahead. Michael Gilmore, Sir William Osler Professor of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, is quoted.

March 19, 2015

In a study published online this week, UC San Dieago researchers report that an introduced mutation disabled both normal copies of a pigmentation gene on the fruit fly chromosomes, transmitting itself to the next generation with 97% efficiency—a near-complete invasion of the genome. The secret of its success: an increasingly popular gene-editing toolkit called CRISPR, which the researchers adapted to give the mutation an overwhelming advantage. George Church, Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics, is quoted.

March 18, 2015

Research that uses powerful gene-editing techniques on human embryos needs to be restricted, scientists agree — but they are split over why. George Church, Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics, is quoted.

March 18, 2015

Executives at drug company Actavis knew they had to move fast to avoid a plunge in sales of their top-selling drug, Namenda, a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease that would lose patent protection in July. When that happened, generic knockoffs would flood the market, and doctors and pharmacists could switch patients to the lower-cost equivalents. Jerry Avorn, professor of medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital, is quoted. 

March 17, 2015

Kasley Killam, visiting postgrad research fellow in primary care at the Center for Primary Care, authored this article about the cold fighting power of hugging.

March 17, 2015

Although numerous studies have shown that regular use of aspirin or related drugs can reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by about 30 percent, scientists have found an important exception: The medicines can actually increase the risk in people with certain genetic variants, new research shows. Andrew Chan, associate professor of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, is the paper's senior researcher.

March 16, 2015

Boston-Cambridge is ground zero for the development and deployment of many of the bleeding edge life science discoveries and technologies. One corner alone, Vassar and Main Street in Cambridge, will likely generate 1 to 2 percent of the future world GDP. The following HMS faculty are cited: George Church, Eric Lander, Robert Langer, Doug Melton, David Reich, Jack Szostak and Ting Wu.

March 16, 2015

A Cambridge startup is using Google Glass to teach children with autism how to better engage and socialize with people. Martha Herbert, assistant professor of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital, will direct the upcoming clinical trial of the device.

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