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What is unique about this particular baby is that the embryo was screened not for a true debilitating disease, but rather for a gene that could potentially be harmful later in the child’s life. The gene, called BRCA1, increases the risk of breast cancer in females by as much as seven times.
 cancer breast cancer designer babies genetical engineering
Normally zebrafish, which carry the same p53 gene as humans, can survive low doses of radiation, which causes damage to the DNA, because the gene steps in to repair that damage. But no such repair took place in zebrafish without the isoform switch, and they died after radiation exposure. The researchers said this proved that the switch played a crucial role in enabling p53 to do its repair work.
 cancer genetical engineering tumour
A US jury has ordered tobacco giant Philip Morris to pay $8m to the widow of a lifelong smoker who died of lung disease. The jury in Florida decided in favour of Elaine Hess, whose husband Stuart died of lung cancer in 1997 at age 55. He had smoked for 40 years. The ruling could blaze a legal trail for 8,000 similar cases in Florida.

2009-02-18

 cancer smoking compensation lung cancer
A boy treated with foetal stem cells for a rare genetic disease has developed benign tumours, raising questions about the therapy's safety...

2009-02-18

 cancer tumour medicine stem cell
The new genes identified are far more common in the population than the well-known BRCA1 and BRAC2, but carry a lower risk. Between 50% and 85% of women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. In comparison, about 14% of women with one of the new genes would develop breast cancer.

2007-05-27

 cancer breast gene
Two men have been cleared of deadly skin cancer using genetically modified versions of their own immune cells. ... The US National Cancer Institute team in Bethesda has also shown it can manipulate immune cells to attack breast, liver and lung cancers.

2006-09-01

 health cancer
Scientists have pinpointed a gene linked to more than half of all breast cancers.
 toread cancer breast genetics
Scientists have proved that it is possible for a mother's cancer cells to be passed to her unborn child...
 cancer infant infection toread
The number of mutated genes that drive the development of cancer is greater than had been thought. ... Some of the processes that generated them were active decades before the cancer showed itself.

2007-03-07

 health cancer

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