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Jan 28, 2015

Obama’s ‘precision medicine’ plan to boost research, but faces hurdles

NEW YORK (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s plan to put the United States at the forefront of individually tailored medical treatment should give a much-needed boost to research in the field but experts say it won’t work without reforms to healthcare, including drug testing and insurance.

The administration is expected to give the first details this week on the “precision medicine” initiative that Obama announced in his Jan. 20 State of the Union address. Obama said he wanted the United States to “lead a new era of medicine, one that delivers the right treatment at the right time.”

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Jan 22, 2015

Gates foundation sees huge gains against disease, poverty by 2030

NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Worldwide child deaths will be
halved over the next 15 years, polio, guinea worm and river
blindness will be eradicated, and there will be a single-dose
cure for malaria.

The predictions appear in the annual letter from the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation, chaired by the Microsoft Corp
co-founder and former chief executive and his wife.

Jan 21, 2015
Jan 21, 2015

Scientists create ‘genetic firewall’ for new forms of life

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A year after creating organisms that use a genetic code different from every other living thing, two teams of scientists have achieved another “synthetic biology” milestone: They created bacteria that cannot survive without a specific manmade chemical, potentially overcoming a major obstacle to wider use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The advance, reported on Wednesday in Nature, offers what one scientist calls a “genetic firewall” to achieve biocontainment, a means of insuring that GMOs cannot live outside a lab or other confined environment.

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      "After covering science and medicine at Newsweek, then the Wall Street Journal, then Newsweek again, I joined Reuters in 2012 to report on neuroscience, genetics, cognitive science, and other research. My books have focused on the brain: 2007's Train Your Mind, Change Your Brain (the first popular account of the revolution in neuroplasticity), and 2012's The Emotional Life of Your Brain (with Richard J. Davidson)."
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