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US Government Is Once Again Funding Animal-Human Hybrids

As long as scientists don't create a super-smart pig or something

(Newser) - Deciding that, you know what, humans can play God after all, the National Institutes of Health is lifting a year-old moratorium on federal funding for the creation of partially human animal embryos, otherwise known as chimeras. NPR reports the NIH had instituted the moratorium over ethical concerns—like what happens... More »

Woman With Super-Rare TB Traveled to 3 States

Officials trying to find 'hundreds of people' who may have been in contact with her

(Newser) - CDC officials say a woman with an extremely rare form of tuberculosis came to the US from India and traveled to three different states before being diagnosed with an active case of the disease. Now she's isolated at a National Institutes for Health clinic in Maryland, and authorities are... More »

How the Sugar Industry Meddled With Cavity Research

Study of 40-year-old papers compares sugar, tobacco industries

(Newser) - Perhaps the sugar industry isn't so sweet after all: A new study finds not only did the industry know sugar caused tooth decay as early as 1950, it pushed to keep the idea of limiting sugary snacks and beverages from National Institute of Health guidelines throughout the 1960s and... More »

To Fight Ebola, Experts Look to Blood of Survivors

Method used on Kent Brantly debated at WHO meeting

(Newser) - As the Ebola outbreak reaches apocalyptic proportions , an experimental method to help fight the virus is emerging: injecting victims with the blood of survivors. American Dr. Kent Brantly underwent the procedure in July, though it isn't clear if it improved his condition. Yet with vaccines only just beginning human... More »

$43M Quest: Solve Mystery of Rarest Diseases

NIH will pour millions into 6 research centers over 4 years

(Newser) - They're baffling, mysterious, confounding: the rarest of rare diseases, ones that often plague no more than 50 people on the globe. The quest to diagnose them is getting a big boost from the National Institutes of Health, which yesterday announced the creation of a an "Undiagnosed Diseases Network.... More »

Big Pharma Paid for Seat at FDA Advisory Table

Gave up to $25K per meeting on painkiller safety

(Newser) - Drug companies shelled out in a big way to get a seat at meetings between the FDA and an advisory panel, paying up to $25,000 per meeting, the Washington Post reports based on hundreds of emails. The panel, which was funded by the money, helped the FDA evaluate painkiller... More »

Family Cuts Deal Over Famous Cancer Cells

Henrietta Lacks' DNA has been studied 74K times

(Newser) - After 62 years, scientists have struck a deal with the family of a woman whose cells are still at the heart of cancer research, the New York Times reports. The National Institutes of Health made the agreement with descendants of Henrietta Lacks, a poor, uneducated, black woman who died of... More »

Studies Suggest Our View of Cancer Is Outdated

It's not about a particular organ, it's about gene mutations

(Newser) - Two major studies of common cancers have zeroed in on the particular gene mutations associated with both, a breakthrough that could lead to better treatment for those with acute myeloid leukemia and endometrial cancer, reports the Boston Globe . But the studies also lend credence to a broader idea: that our... More »

Obama Announces $100M Brain-Mapping Project

Set to devote $100M to initiative

(Newser) - President Obama today unveiled a major federal project to map out the human brain , discovering "how millions of brain cells interact," in the words of a White House scientist. Obama is directing $100 million toward the program, which has been compared to the Human Genome Project and could... More »

NIH May Soon Retire Almost All Its Research Chimps

New recommendations would keep just 50 on hand

(Newser) - The National Institutes of Health could soon be letting most of its 451 research chimpanzees retire in sanctuaries, if new recommendations are put into effect. The NIH Council of Councils approved a report yesterday that unanimously recommends almost all the chimps should no longer be used for research, with just... More »

Junior Seau Had Brain Disease CTE

Doctors find NFL great's brain had signs of 'repetitive head injury'

(Newser) - NFL great Junior Seau had a degenerative brain disease when he committed suicide last May, the National Institutes of Health told the AP today. Results of an NIH study of Seau's brain revealed abnormalities consistent with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The NIH conducted a study of three unidentified brains,... More »

'Superbug' Killed 6 at NIH Hospital Last Year

Maryland breakout highlights dangers of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

(Newser) - A "superbug"—deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacterium—rampaged through a Maryland hospital last year, killing six patients. The revelation was not made public until today, notes the Washington Post . It all began in June 2011, when a patient harboring the superbug known as Klebsiella pneumoniae checked into the National Institutes... More »

Cancer Research Held Back by ... Wrong Labels?

Cell lines used in study are often misidentified: Wall Street Journal

(Newser) - As many as one-third of cancer cell lines used by scientists around the world could be wrongly labeled, undermining huge amounts of medical research, reports the Wall Street Journal . For basic biology research, the problem is probably not so serious. But for the study of specific cancers and treatment, wrongly... More »

Feds Halt Chimp Research

NIH's temporary measure follows critical report

(Newser) - A new report suggests that the use of chimpanzees in health research is rarely justified, and the National Institutes of Health has taken it to heart. The organization has placed a temporary ban on using chimps in new research, "effective immediately," the Washington Post reports. A committee will... More »

Judge Dismisses Suit Against Stem Cell Research

Decision means federal work can continue with embryonic stem cells

(Newser) - A lawsuit that had threatened to end the Obama administration's funding of embryonic stem cell research was thrown out today, allowing the US to continue supporting a search for cures to deadly diseases over protests that the work relies on destroyed human embryos. The lawsuit claimed that research funded... More »

Formaldehyde Joins List of Carcinogens

Common chemical styrene added to suspected category

(Newser) - The government has declared formaldehyde to be a carcinogen, and it says the common chemical styrene—used in everything from plastic cups to bathroom stalls and boats—is on the list of suspected cancer triggers, reports Bloomberg . Consumers should do what they can to steer clear, but the risks are... More »

Judge Blocks Stem Cell Research Funding

Ban on using federal funds for embryonic research reinstated

(Newser) - President Obama's executive order expanding embryonic stem cell research has been blocked by a district judge who says it violates a ban on federal money being used to destroy embryos. US District Judge Royce Lamberth granted an injunction to stop federal funding of the research, a move that deals a... More »

Obama OKs 11 New Human Stem Cell Lines

NIH authorizes 11 new lines, promises more to come

(Newser) - The Obama administration approved 11 new lines of human embryonic stem cells for federally funded research today, in the first expansion of stem cell support since Obama officially overturned George W. Bush’s policy against them. “This is a real change in the landscape,” said the director of... More »

Swine Flu Vaccine Trials to Hit 8 Cities in Aug.

(Newser) - The National Institutes of Health will supervise a nationwide test of a swine flu vaccine in eight cities starting in August, the Seattle Times reports. Test subjects will be drawn from Seattle, Baltimore, Iowa City, St. Louis, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Houston, and Nashville. Thousands will receive “a vaccine you can't... More »

Obama's Health Czar Brings God Into Lab

Choice of geneticist a breakthrough for evangelicals: Gerson

(Newser) - Francis Collins, President Obama's nominee to lead the National Institutes of Health, is a pioneering biologist who led the team that mapped the human genome. He's also an evangelical Christian—a rarity among scientists, only 7% of whom say they believe in God. For Michael Gerson of the Washington Post,... More »

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