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Building a better GMO virus for Hemophilia B

When youre trying to cure a genetic disease with a genetically modified virus, you dont have to get a perfect score. You dont have to cure everyone in the trial. You dont even really have to cure them– Just make their lives a little easier, making it so that they can skip a few invasive…

BWAHAHAHAHA GMO virus to replace pacemakers

Im seriously, you guys. ANY MEDICAL CONDITION YOU CAN THINK OF: There is a scientist, somewhere, trying to use viruses to treat/cure that condition. The latest: Direct conversion of quiescent cardiomyocytes to pacemaker cells by expression of Tbx18 Lots of people, either through age or genetic defect, need pacemakers. Pacemakers, while functional, come with a…

A lot of folks have been forwarding me this story from the New York Times–  In Girl’s Last Hope, Altered Immune Cells Beat Leukemia It is a FANTASTIC story about a little girl who had been sick from leukemia for two years, wasnt responding to conventional therapies, and her parents chose to try alternative medicine. …

GMO corn for LSD

Since the anti-science foo-foo hippies lost their bid to have all foods labeled ‘CONTAINS GMO WARBLEGARBLE! TEACH THE CONTROVERSY!’, a group of scientists at the Evil League of Evil have generated GMO corn for LSD. I guess as a gesture of good-will, or something. There. I hope everyones happy now. *whisperswhisperswhispers* What? *whisperswhisperswhispers* The GMO…

NICE! Gene therapy of pancreatic cancer targeting the K-Ras oncogene Cancer sucks, but some kinds of cancers suck worse than others.  One that really sucks is pancreatic cancer.  From the intro of this paper: Pancreatic cancer (PC) is the fourth leading cause of cancer death among men and women, comprising 6% of all cancer-related death.…

Lets play a game. Think of a human disease.  Any disease.  Viral, bacterial, genetic, acquired, anything. Im pretty sure that no matter what disease you just thought of, there is a scientist, somewhere, trying to use a virus to cure/treat that disease. As I was doing my rounds on PubMed, looking for cool new research,…

GMO HSV-1 vs Brain Cancer

Orac wrote yesterday about the abominable union between anti-vaxers and anti-GMOers: “Genetically modified” vaccines and GMOs: Sapping and impurifying all our precious bodily fluids? My ‘message’ to these kinds of people?  Get over it.  Fast.  Because you look ridiculous. Skinner: Im telling you people, the earth revolves around the sun! Abe: Burn him! [lights the…

GMO Virus for Nicotine Addiction

I used to think gene therapy was an absurd ‘solution’ for HIV/AIDS.  Well, ‘absurd’ is putting it lightly.  I thought gene therapy was a perverted solution– Even if it ‘worked’, it would only be available for the richest people in the richest countries, not the millions and millions and millions of individuals living in poverty…

Last fall, a bizarre but interesting paper was published in Nature Cell Research: Exogenous plant MIR168a specifically targets mammalian LDLRAP1: evidence of cross-kingdom regulation by microRNA (subsequent correction after they duplicated images in their figures LOL!!!! Nature/Science, you so crazy!) What they suggest, is that when humans eat Oryza sativa (Asian rice), a microRNA highly…

Green terrorists destroy GM wheat

This is why we need science blogs like Tomorrows Table, Biofortified, GMO Pundit, and James and the Giant Corn**. “I’m sick of being treated like a dumb Mum who doesn’t understand the science. As far as I’m concerned, my family’s health is too important. GM wheat is not safe, and if the Government can’t protect…