NEW YORK, April 23 (Reuters) – Biologists in China reported
carrying out the first experiment to alter the DNA of human
embryos, igniting an outcry from scientists who warn against
altering the human genome in a way that could last for
The study from China appeared last weekend in an obscure
online journal called Protein & Cell. In an interview published
on Wednesday on the news site of the journal Nature, lead author
Junjiu Huang of Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou said both
Nature and Science had rejected the paper, partly for ethical
NEW YORK (Reuters) – An experimental Ebola drug from Tekmira Pharmaceuticals Corp cured all three monkeys intentionally infected with the virus, scientists reported on Wednesday, the first such success against the strain of Ebola in West Africa’s 2014-2015 outbreak.
Although other experimental treatments appeared to help Ebola patients last year, especially in the United States, those one-time uses cannot prove efficacy against the “Makona” strain, since patients’ recovery might be due to other causes. Similarly, drugs, including Mapp Biopharmaceutical’s ZMapp, cured monkeys in lab experiments, but in a strain of Ebola different from that responsible for the current outbreak, the worst ever recorded.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – In what would be a significant and hard-fought victory for U.S. businesses, the Obama administration on Thursday said it will propose new rules for workplace wellness programs that would treat as voluntary programs that penalize workers thousands of dollars for not participating.
That decision, which will be published in the Federal Register on Monday, opening 60 days for public comment, would likely remove a legal challenge to the wellness program at Honeywell International Inc.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – When hundreds of U.S. college faculty members rated junior scientists based on scholarly record, job interview performance and other information with an eye toward which should be hired, they preferred women over identically qualified men two-to-one, scientists reported on Monday.
The “candidates” were invented in order to see which factors – professional ones as well as things like gender and parental status – affect the evaluation of potential hires, part of an effort to explain women’s underrepresentation in academic science.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Early-stage trials of an experimental Ebola vaccine, two in the United States and four in Africa and Europe, have found that it appears to be safe and triggered robust production of Ebola-fighting antibodies, scientists reported on Wednesday.
Since trials cannot ethically expose volunteers to Ebola, the production of antibodies is a proxy for whether vaccines could prevent or even treat the disease.
CHICAGO/NEW YORK, March 29 (Reuters) – With painstaking
effort, a group of Chicago hospitals has managed to cut by half
the number of infections caused by an especially deadly type of
superbug. Now U.S. health officials want that kind of campaign
to go national.
The White House on Friday told the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention to slash rates of infections from
antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 2020 as part of a plan to
prevent patient deaths and curb overuse of antibiotics
administered to humans and animals.
NEW YORK, March 26 (Reuters) – Two experimental Ebola
vaccines, one from GlaxoSmithKline PLC and the other
from biotech start-up NewLink Genetics Corp, “appear to
be safe” part way through a clinical trial being conducted in
Liberia, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) said on
The two vaccines, each given in a single injection, are
being tested for safety and efficacy on more than 600 people in
Liberia in a mid-stage clinical trial sponsored by the National
Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a branch of NIH.
NEW YORK (Reuters) – The largest manufacturer of medical devices at the center of recent superbug outbreaks in the U.S. issued an “urgent safety notification” to health providers on Thursday, detailing new procedures for disinfecting the equipment and urging them to adopt the procedures “as soon as possible.”
Manufacturer Olympus Corp said in a 13-page letter and detailed instructions for cleaning the devices, called duodenoscopes, that a small-bristle brush required for the new cleaning procedures would be shipped “no later than May 8.”
NEW YORK, March 26 (Reuters) – Employers have ratcheted up
the financial incentives they offer workers to participate in
wellness programs to a record $693 per employee, on average,
this year from $594 in 2014 and $430 five years ago, found a
report released on Thursday.
And fewer employers are imposing penalties such as charging
more for insurance if workers do not participate or achieve
goals such as losing weight.
(Reuters) – Two years after her double mastectomy, actress, director and humanitarian Angelina Jolie said she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to avoid the risk of ovarian cancer, the disease that killed her mother at age 56.
The wife of actor Brad Pitt and the mother of six children said in an op-ed column in the New York Times on Tuesday that she had the surgery last week after blood tests showed what could have been early signs of the disease.