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Scientists Edit a Dangerous Mutation from Genes in Human Embryos

The day of “editing severe mutations out of the fertilized egg (zygote)” is here. The CRISPR/Cas9 editing must be done before the zygote divides beyond the eight- or sixteen-cell stage (after which differentiation into specialized cell types and tissues begins). … Continue reading

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Ssubstantially higher levels of certain cytokines are found in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome

This [below] is an article from ABC News, and this topic fits perfectly within the ‘gene-environment interactions’ theme. When I was editor (1994-2oo6) of the Center for Environmental Genetics (CEG) newsletter “Interface”, we invited readers (many of whom were lay … Continue reading

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Another form of fraud and corruption in science: This time it has to do with fake data in drug trials

We’ve shared articles on “predatory online open-access” journals (at least 15,000 of them having popped up in the past 6-8 years) and recently fake research reagents being sold to scientists. Here [see attached article] is yet another form of fraud … Continue reading

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Potentially a HUGE breakthrough !!! Liquid biopsies for lung cancer parients improves treatment (of tumors that are constantly changing their phenotype)

The “evolution” of tumor formation (carcinogenesis) symbolizes the quintessence of gene-environment interactions. The “biggest obstacle” (to the survival of a cancer cell) is how it can mutate and undergo epigenetic changes –– in order to survive chemotherapy and any other … Continue reading

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Graphene layers (atom-thick sheets of carbon, in near future) can provide a visual indication of “mechanical stress”, potential structural failure

This email is not about your “garden-variety gene-environment interactions,” but rather it presents a detector system to search for early signs of architectural stress. From this standpoint, I find this exciting, intriguing. And perhaps, through further development, these graphene nanoplatelets … Continue reading

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