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NEWS
January 20, 1998 | ELIZABETH SHOGREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an effort to bring order to the frontier of science, the White House will ask Congress today to protect Americans from workplace discrimination based on information gleaned from genetic testing. The initiative, to be unveiled by Vice President Al Gore, will be accompanied by a Clinton administration study suggesting that the potential for misuse of genetic information will rise significantly in coming years.
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SCIENCE
June 13, 2012 | By Rosie Mestel, Los Angeles Times
After five years of toil, a consortium of several hundred U.S. researchers has released a detailed census of the myriad bacteria, yeasts, viruses and amoebas that live, eat, excrete, reproduce and die in or on us. Described in two papers in Nature and a raft of reports in other journals, the data released Wednesday describe microbes of the skin, saliva, nostrils, guts and other areas of 242 adults in tiptop health. The $170-million, federally funded Human Microbiome Project also cataloged the genes contained within this zoo of life.
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.
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.
SCIENCE
August 18, 2007 | Karen Kaplan, Times Staff Writer
Eric Miller's career as an Army Ranger wasn't ended by a battlefield wound, but his DNA. Lurking in his genes was a mutation that made him vulnerable to uncontrolled tumor growth. After suffering back pain during a tour in Afghanistan, he underwent three surgeries to remove tumors from his brain and spine that left him with numbness throughout the left side of his body. So began his journey into a dreaded scenario of the genetic age.
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