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Health > Genetics
A day after an exhaustive national report on cancer found the United States is making only slow progress against the disease, one of the country's most iconic -- and iconoclastic -- scientists weighed in on "the war against cancer." And he does not like what he sees.
 
Gene detectives on Sunday said they had pinpointed how a hospital superbug arose in North America in the early 2000s and spread to Europe before becoming a source of global concern.
 
Up to 100,000 Britons suffering from cancer and rare diseases are to have their genetic codes fully sequenced and mapped as part of government plans to build a DNA database to boost drug discovery and development.
 
Around a hundred residents from Kouhu Township (口湖鄉) in Yunlin County protested in front of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) in Taipei yesterday about a plan to install undersea cables between Yunlin and Penghu County.
 
Researchers are reporting a key advance in using stem cells to repair hearts damaged by heart attacks. In a study, stem cells donated by strangers proved as safe and effective as patients' own cells for helping restore heart tissue.
 
Dutch biotech company uniQure said Monday it would start selling the first human gene therapy to be approved in the West by mid-2013 and predicted an explosion of similar therapies to come.
 
A Danish sperm donor has passed a potentially severe genetic disorder to five children after a screening test failed to catch that he had the disease, health officials said Monday.
 
More than 1,000 women in Taiwan have their eggs frozen for future pregnancy for reasons ranging from no marriage plans in the near future to physical conditions.
 
Researchers at Academia Sinica, Taiwan's highest research institute, said yesterday that they have found a possible cause of a progressive, fatal and incurable motor neuron disease.
 
European and Australian scientists on Sunday said they had snared four more genes that highlight an inherited cause for common migraines.
 
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