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September 13, 2012 | By Elaine Herscher
Genes make us who we are - in sickness and in health. We get our genetic makeup from our parents, of course, but in the future, we might be getting genes from our doctors too. Imagine your doctor promising to cure your cancer or heart disease by prescribing some new snippets of DNA. For some diseases, gene therapy is already a reality. In other cases, genetic cures are still years away. Despite many challenges and setbacks - including some that are surely yet to come - experts predict that gene therapy will eventually become a crucial and even common part of healthcare.
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.
August 10, 2011 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / for the Booster Shots blog
Intelligence is in the genes, researchers reported Tuesday in the journal Molecular Psychology. The international team, led by Ian Deary of the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and Peter Visscher of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research in Brisbane, Australia, compared the DNA of more than 3,500 people, middle aged and older, who also had taken intelligence tests.  They calculated that more than 40% of the differences in intelligence among...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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