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NATIONAL
January 17, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
An inmate who spent two decades on death row before DNA evidence exonerated him walked out of prison a free man, saying he just wanted to get home and be with his family. Nicholas Yarris is the first Pennsylvania death row inmate cleared by DNA testing. Yarris' 1983 conviction for rape and murder was overturned last summer when DNA tests proved that genetic material found on the victim belonged to someone else.
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BUSINESS
September 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Isis Pharmaceuticals Inc. have formed a venture uniting Nobel Prize winners David Baltimore and Phillip Sharp to create drugs from a newly discovered class of genetic material. The venture, Regulus Therapeutics, will have exclusive licenses from Alnylam and Isis for technology focused on so-called microRNAs. The molecules regulate networks of genes that may be involved in diseases including cancer, viral infections and metabolic disorders, the companies said.
NEWS
June 1, 1999 | Associated Press
Scientists in Hawaii have cloned a trio of identical mice using ordinary cells rather than DNA extracted from the female reproductive system. This time, the cloned critters were male. The clones grew using genetic material extracted from tail cells of adult male mice, but only one grew to adulthood, according to a study in the June issue of the journal Nature Genetics.
SCIENCE
December 11, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Scientists have identified the cause of Werner syndrome, a rare accelerated aging disease whose sufferers prematurely develop gray hair, wrinkled skin, cataracts, cancer and heart disease, dying in their 40s. Researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla reported in the journal Science that patients with Werner syndrome couldn't properly replicate the ends of their chromosomes due to a defective gene, WRN.
SCIENCE
February 13, 2009 | Mary Engel
Hunting for the elusive cure for the common cold, scientists have decoded the genomes of all known strains of the human rhinovirus, the main cause of the malady that makes millions miserable each year. But don't toss out the chicken soup yet. There is so much diversity among the strains that hopes for a vaccine or a treatment that would prevent or cure every cold are slim, according to the scientists' study, published online Thursday in the journal Science.
NATIONAL
August 7, 2008 | Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writer
Bruce E. Ivins, the bioweapons scientist who apparently killed himself as the government was preparing to indict him in the 2001 anthrax attacks, had a long history of mental illness that flared just before mail contaminated with the fatal spores was received in New York, Florida, Connecticut and Washington, D.C.
NEWS
December 19, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Scientists at Texas A&M University in College Station unveiled a disease-resistant black Angus bull, saying it could lead to safer beef and more efficient ranching worldwide. The month-old calf, called Bull 86 Squared, was cloned from genetic material frozen 15 years ago from Bull 86.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 20, 1997 | From Times staff and wire reports
Small defects in the male chromosome may be responsible for some cases of infertility, University of Minnesota doctors report in the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Jon Pryor and his team found that 7% of the 200 infertile men they studied were missing tiny pieces of their Y chromosomes, genetic material found only in males. However, further study revealed that the deleted pieces did not always cause infertility.
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