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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Martha Chase, 75, a researcher who in her early 20s became part of one of the most famous DNA experiments ever conducted, the so-called "blender experiment," died Aug. 8 of pneumonia at a hospital in Lorain, Ohio, according to her guardian and lawyer, Brent English of Cleveland. Chase had been suffering from dementia for many years. Chase and biologist Alfred D. Hershey, working at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Long Island, N.Y.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Japanese researchers have demonstrated that a human virus called HTLV-1 can cause rheumatoid arthritis in mice. Experts said the discovery provides strong proof that viruses can cause arthritis. HTLV-1 is a so-called retrovirus, closely related to the AIDS virus, that is capable of inserting its own genetic information into the genes of its host during an infection. It causes leukemia and at least two rare degenerative nerve disorders.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 1988
Scientists at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte said Monday that they have developed a new test for the AIDS virus that could reduce the risk of tainted blood transfusions and help scientists study the effectiveness of experimental drugs. Current tests detect antibodies to the virus, which can take months to develop. But John J. Rossi, a molecular geneticist at the City of Hope, said the new test would allow detection of the virus just a few days after exposure.
NEWS
July 1, 1994
Deputies assigned to the security floor at the courthouse said that spectator seats have been assigned this way: News media: 25 Victims' families: 18 Public: 10 Defense and prosecution: 7 Simpson's family: 5 DNA Tests DNA test results will not play a part in the preliminary hearing of O. J. Simpson. Some preliminary results have been returned, but the final results are not expected for weeks. Sources have said the preliminary results point to Simpson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1998
A team led by Dr. Barry Forman of the City of Hope Diabetes Center in Duarte has identified what they call the first steroid-like hormone to be discovered in 30 years. They report in today's Nature that the hormone, called androstanol, appears to have a mechanism of action different from that of most other steroids. Most steroid hormones stimulate the transcription of genes, the process in which genetic information contained in DNA is converted into proteins.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1996 | From Times staff and wire reports
Biologists have taken a small step closer to reproducing the origins of life by creating self-replicating RNA, the substance used by cells to transmit genetic information from DNA to cellular machinery. Many scientists now think that the first life was composed entirely of RNA. Self-replicating RNA would thus have many properties of the first "living" organism.
NEWS
May 24, 1997 | From Newsday
Alfred D. Hershey, a chemist who won the Nobel Prize for showing that DNA is the carrier of genetic information, has died. He was 88. Hershey, a staff member at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York since 1950, died Thursday in New York. He shared the 1969 Nobel Prize in medicine with physicist-biologist Max Delbruck and biologist Salvador Luria. The three were known collectively as "the phage group."
NEWS
June 24, 2001 | JAMES GERSTENZANG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush on Saturday equated discrimination based on genetic information with race, age and gender bias, and said he would support legislation to make it illegal. The nearly complete mapping of the human genetic code has given rise to concerns that information about a person's genetic makeup could be used to deny jobs or health insurance or to raise insurance premiums. "Genetic discrimination is unfair to workers and their families," Bush said in his weekly radio address.
NATIONAL
April 25, 2008 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Times Staff Writer
The vast promise of an era of personalized medicine based on genetic testing long has been haunted by a disturbing possibility: The same data that could alert people to serious medical problems might be used to deny them jobs or insurance coverage. But Thursday, the Senate voted 95 to 0 to outlaw such discrimination, with the House expected to add its approval quickly.
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