September 24, 1995 |
A controversial conference on genetics and crime sponsored by the University of Maryland was disrupted by demonstrators who charged that the event smacked of racism. As the meeting got under way in Queenstown, the demonstrators, who had come in vans, burst into the conference room, waving red flags and chanting: "Maryland conference, you can't hide. We know you're practicing genocide," and, "Jobs yes, racism no. Genetics conference has to go." The conference resumed after the hourlong protest.
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July 31, 1989 |
A radical new finding that genes passed on by fathers may be different from those passed on by mothers may explain many puzzling cancers and inherited diseases, researchers announced last week. The finding contradicts one of the principles of modern genetics. Dr.
September 5, 1992 |
A conference exploring possible links between genetics and crime was postponed Friday because federal money was withheld amid criticism from black leaders. The decision by the National Institutes of Health to freeze $78,000 earmarked for the meeting at the University of Maryland in College Park amounts to an assault on academic freedom, a university official said. The institutes decided in July to withdraw funds for the conference, scheduled for Oct. 9-11.
December 3, 2005 |
Canadian researchers have identified a mutant gene that impairs the body's ability to handle vitamin B12, producing diseases that are accompanied by an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and dementia. The team reported this week in the journal Nature Genetics that a defective form of a gene called MMACHC interferes with the vitamin's ability to help synthesize red blood cells and maintain the nervous system.
November 23, 2002 |
Scientists have identified a gene that plays a central role in the development of obesity and diabetes and could pave the way for new drugs to treat the diseases. Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston discovered that mice genetically prone to obesity or those fed a high-fat diet had higher activity in a gene called JNK than normal mice.
June 28, 1987 |
Researchers at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles and the USC School of Medicine say they can now identify many people who have inherited a defective gene known to be responsible for retinoblastoma, a childhood cancer of the eye. The report in the current issue of Science is the latest from scientists who have isolated the gene. The Childrens Hospital team said its study provided the first proof that the gene that was isolated is indeed the gene responsible for the cancer. Dr.
December 27, 2004 |
Lung cancer appears to run in families, researchers have found, though exposure to tobacco smoke is still the dominant cause of the disease even for those who may be genetically predisposed. The strongest family link was found in the relatives of patients who developed the disease at age 60 or younger. The parents of such people had nearly a 3 1/2 times higher risk of also developing the disease compared to the general population, the study said.
June 11, 1998 |
Scientists have pulled off the equivalent of stealing an enemy fort's blueprints: They've deciphered all the genetic material of the bacterium that causes tuberculosis. That should help researchers develop new drugs and vaccines by exposing potential targets within the germ. The accomplishment is reported in today's issue of the journal Nature by scientists in the United States, England, France and Denmark. The scientists found about 4,000 genes in Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
September 25, 1993 |
Mention the word biology and a glaze may form over most TV viewers' eyes. Mention genetics , though, and watch the fear grow. The very legitimate concerns about the misuses of genetic engineering have stirred anew the kind of media-generated terror that fed camp sensibilities in 1950s science-fiction movies. When friendly, gentle David Suzuki mentions the G-word, things tend to calm down.
November 11, 1991 |
If a Nobel Prize is ever awarded for research on the genetics of cancer, the most likely recipient, many scientists agree, is Bert Vogelstein of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. His research on the development of colorectal cancer has provided the first clear understanding of the complex pathway by which a tumor develops. "Dr.