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Noninvasive Prenatal Testing is a Safe Way to Screen for Genetic Abnormalities

Noninvasive prenatal testing is a way for parents to screen their unborn child for a variety of chromosomal anomalies. . . . → Read More: Noninvasive Prenatal Testing is a Safe Way to Screen for Genetic Abnormalities

Engineered Algae Doubles Bio-Oil Content

An industry biotechnology team created a genetically-engineered variety of algae that doubles its oil content without limiting its ability to grow. . . . → Read More: Engineered Algae Doubles Bio-Oil Content

Coalition to Make 10,000 Open-Access Synthetic Genes

A company with a process for creating synthetic DNA and a foundation promoting open access to biotechnology agreed to produce 10,000 synthetic genes made available at no cost to researchers. . . . → Read More: Coalition to Make 10,000 Open-Access Synthetic Genes

First Agricultural Crispr Products Expected by 2020

While the genome editing technique known as Crispr is generating discussion in the health field, its first commercial applications are likely to be in agriculture. . . . → Read More: First Agricultural Crispr Products Expected by 2020

Precision Medicine Trial Shows Reduced Pain, Opioid Use

A large-scale clinical trial tracking pain treatments guided by genetic testing shows large majorities of participants report less pain, with fewer individuals using opioid drugs. . . . → Read More: Precision Medicine Trial Shows Reduced Pain, Opioid Use

Bacteria Engineered to Act as Long-Term Gut Sensors

A bioengineering team developed a synthetic form of bacteria that live in the gut, and detect inflammation in lab mice for 6 months. . . . → Read More: Bacteria Engineered to Act as Long-Term Gut Sensors

Bacteria Traffic Tracked in New Hospital

The opening of a new hospital in Chicago offered an opportunity to follow the formation of bacterial communities and their movement in a health care facility. . . . → Read More: Bacteria Traffic Tracked in New Hospital

Broad Inst., Intel Make Genomics Software Open-Source

A new release of software that speeds and streamlines analysis of genomic sequencing variations is being released under an open-source license by the Broad Institute. . . . → Read More: Broad Inst., Intel Make Genomics Software Open-Source

Trial to Test Spherical Nanotech Brain Cancer Drug

An early-stage clinical trial will soon begin testing spherically-shaped nanoscale particles to treat glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. . . . → Read More: Trial to Test Spherical Nanotech Brain Cancer Drug

Trial to Examine Immune System Workings

Unlike conventional clinical studies testing a particular treatment, this trial aims to explore in more detail the body’s interactions with a class of drugs, in this case vaccines. . . . → Read More: Trial to Examine Immune System Workings