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September 13, 2000 | Associated Press
Using a high-volume manufacturing process, Corning Inc. is swooping into the business of making microarrays--DNA chips used to analyze thousands of genes at once. The Corning, N.Y.-based materials company said that its new technology will speed production of microarrays at least tenfold. That could accelerate genetic research and speed the discovery of new drugs.
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 24, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Incyte Genomics Inc. said President Randy Scott will leave the genomics information company to head a new company that plans to provide Incyte's genetic information over the Internet. Scott, an Incyte founder and chief scientific officer since the company began in 1991, will also become chairman of Incyte's board, succeeding retiring board Chairman Jeff Collinson. Collinson, a founding investor in the company, will stay on as an Incyte board member.
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.
September 19, 2007 | Karen Kaplan, Times Staff Writer
Thirty-five years after genetic screening was first used to identify babies at risk of being born with debilitating diseases, a new study of a potentially serious but treatable illness among Ashkenazi Jews questions whether such testing has gone too far. One-quarter of fetuses found to have Gaucher disease were aborted over an eight-year period, even though half of all children with the metabolic disorder will never experience any symptoms, such as pain, organ enlargement and anemia.
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.
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.
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