June 26, 1987 |
Research with mice indicates that it may be possible to treat fetuses infected with the AIDS virus in the womb, a preliminary finding that scientists said could lead to decreased symptoms and prolonged life for the youngest victims of the deadly disease. Researchers said Thursday that they infected mice in the womb with a retrovirus distantly related to the one that causes AIDS and were able to delay nervous system symptoms of the resulting disease with an antiviral drug.
December 14, 1989 |
Individuals infected with the AIDS virus have much higher concentrations of the virus in their circulation than previously thought, according to studies by researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and the University of Washington in Seattle published in today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
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February 12, 1990 |
On the corner of Dr. David Page's desk rests a foot-high stack of newly published genetics textbooks. They matter-of-factly describe the location of the sex-determining factor, the single gene that settles the question of whether a fertilized egg will be a boy or a girl. The gene was Page's discovery. Its rapid rise to the status of accepted wisdom is hardly a surprise, for when he revealed it at a news conference, the announcement was a major event in the world of genetics.
January 18, 2013 |
Scouring information available to anyone with an Internet connection, a team of genetic sleuths deduced the names of dozens of supposedly anonymous people who had their DNA analyzed for scientific and medical research. The snooping feat, which took advantage of genealogy websites that let people compare their DNA to search for relatives, was in full compliance with federal privacy regulations. Experts said it underscored a stark reality about genetic privacy in the age of social media: Don't count on it. "Nobody can promise privacy," said Mildred Cho, who heads up Stanford University's Center for Integration of Research on Genetics and Ethics, and wasn't involved with the study.
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July 29, 1999
Researchers have for the first time transformed human cells into tumors by genetic manipulation, a team from the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research in Boston reports in today's Nature. It has been relatively easy to convert rodent cells into tumors in the laboratory, but human cells have previously resisted such attempts. The team achieved their success by altering just three genes, demonstrating that production of cancer is controlled by a short, defined genetic process.
February 15, 1992
Edwin C. Whitehead, 72, a philanthropist and developer of scientific equipment who with his father founded Technicon Corp. in 1939. The company created a more accurate and easier-to-read electrocardiograph, the first device to automate the reading of microscope slides and the first portable respirator. Whitehead sold Technicon to Revlon in 1980 for $400 million and established an investment firm.