December 18, 1987 |
Vice President George Bush has apologized to a mother of a girl with Down's syndrome for his use of the phrase "the extra-chromosome set" to refer to conservatives who oppose the recently signed arms-control treaty, a newspaper reported Thursday. The phrase had drawn fire from Kathleen Mulligan of Methuen, Mass., and other parents of children with Down's syndrome, a condition involving mental and physical handicaps caused by an extra chromosome.
August 2, 1987 |
Genetics researchers have found new evidence that may explain why some babies born with female chromosomes become male anyway. Normally, babies who inherit an X and a Y chromosome become male and those with two X chromosomes become female. But about one in every 20,000 male babies has two X chromosomes. "They are male in every sense of the word, but they are sterile," said David C.
February 22, 1987 |
An emerging technique called chromosome mapping could lead to the deciphering of the human genetic code, and such information could help researchers understand and perhaps develop new treatments for many hereditary diseases. "We're learning things already that we couldn't have anticipated," Charles Cantor of Columbia University in New York said last week at the annual meeting of the American Assn. for the Advancement of Science in Chicago.
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February 19, 1997 |
A team headquartered at UCLA and Cedars-Sinai Research Institute has narrowed the search for a gene causing the mysterious autoimmune disease lupus to a small region of the vast human genome. The finding should lead to better understanding of the causes of the disorder and eventually, to new treatments. Lupus affects as many as 2 million Americans, according to the Lupus Foundation of America.
May 19, 1998 |
Just as Your Legislature at Work has decided to continue a program permitting intersection cameras to catch red light runners. . . . . . . . comes a study from the Department of Health in San Francisco, where red light cameras are effective, but so expensive the city's installed fakes at some intersections. The cameras--real or faux--may make drivers mind their Ps and Qs, but the study found that much of the bad conduct comes down to Xs and Ys, as in chromosomes.
September 20, 2001 |
Mike Binder has his fellow men figured out. They are pigs. Babies. Y-chromosome amnesiacs unconcerned with putting the toilet seat down. Men are lost souls in relationships as they mess up what they have in the pursuit of more. They are fragile heroes with raging ids propelled by fantasies and Viagra. How could anybody fail to feel men's pain? Or, anyway, laugh ruefully at it? Behold "The Mind of the Married Man," Binder's brash new comedy premiering Sunday at 10 p.m.on HBO. Yo, men! Gotcha!
January 18, 2004 |
The literature of science offers no more brazen invitation than the opening paragraphs of a new book on the molecular biology of sex by London geneticist Steve Jones. "Ejaculate, if you are so minded and equipped, into a glass of chilled Perrier," he begins.
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October 4, 1990 |
The Salk Institute has received a $10-million federal grant, making it one of a handful of institutions with responsibility for mapping an entire human chromosome. Including this grant, more than $17 million has been committed by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Department of Energy to such research at Salk during the past few years. The efforts are part of a massive federal project to delineate the entire genetic code, or genome.
November 24, 1996 |
Defying what some believed to be insurmountable odds, researchers have narrowed the search for a prostate cancer gene to one small corner of the human genetic blueprint, a finding that promises improved diagnosis, new treatments and better survival rates for this most common of male cancers. An estimated 317,000 American men are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year and 40,000 die from it.
February 26, 2014 |
It's billed as a faster, safer and more accurate way of screening expectant mothers for fetal abnormalities like Down syndrome, and proponents say it has already become the standard for prenatal care. But as a handful of California companies market their DNA-testing services to a growing number of pregnant women, some experts complain that the tests have not been proven effective in the kind of rigorous clinical trials that are required of new drugs. Now, a study published Wednesday by the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine has verified that one of the tests can identify likely cases of Down syndrome and other genetic disorders caused by extra chromosomes in low-risk women with greater reliability than traditional noninvasive screening methods.