September 13, 2000 |
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.
February 19, 2013 |
Anthem Blue Cross is backing off a decision to require some policyholders to buy their prescription drugs from a single mail-order pharmacy -- a requirement that the California attorney general's office said may be illegal. Anthem, California's largest for-profit health insurer, said in November that it was imposing the new requirement for so-called specialty medications used to treat major illnesses. The company said the limitation would help keep costs down for patients and businesses.
August 24, 2000 |
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.
January 20, 1998 |
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.
August 18, 2007 |
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.
November 21, 2012 |
Thanks to vaccination efforts, smallpox - killer of hundreds of millions people around the world over the course of the 20th century alone - was eradicated in 1979. But even today the lethal variola virus, which causes the disease, is not completely impossible to come by. A team of French and Russian researchers recently found new snippets of smallpox DNA in 300-year-old mummies from Siberia, according to an article in the New England Journal...
December 6, 2013 |
Peering far deeper than ever before into humanity's murky genetic past, scientists sequenced the DNA of an ancient European relative and found a puzzling connection to the Far East. The genetic sample came from a 400,000-year-old thigh bone pulled from the cold, damp depths of a Spanish cave called Sima de los Huesos, or “Pit of Bones.” Researchers surmised that it belonged to an extinct species of hominin known as Homo heidelbergensis, a direct ancestor of Neanderthals, and they expected it to resemble DNA extracted from of a handful of Neanderthal bones found in Spain, Croatia and other sites in Europe.
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August 16, 2003 |
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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September 2, 1991 |
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.