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Reported Breakthrough in Growing Embryos in Vitro Could Raise Ethical Issues for Research

Medic Image/Getty(NEW YORK) -- Scientists have reported they have grown human embryos in vitro for 12 to 13 days, significantly longer than the previous record of nine days.If scientists are able to conduct experiments on embryos past 14 days, they may be able to "study all aspects of early human development with unprecedented precision," according to commentators on the two breakthrough studies published Wednesday in Nature and Nature Cell Biology.Two groups of researchers were able to get embryos to grow for 12 days and 13 days,...
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Girl Diagnosed With Rare Genetic Disorder Thanks to Reddit

Hero Images/Getty(NEW YORK) -- Bo Bigelow and his wife wondered for year why their daughter was different. Bigelow's daughter, Tess, was non-verbal, has gastronintestinal symptoms and seemed to have periodic seizures, but doctors were baffled about the cause.Bigelow said he and his wife were desperate to understand Tess' condition but that multiple genetic tests didn't give a clear answer. Geneticists figured out that Tess had a mutation on her USP7 gene, but they didn't know if that was at all related to her symptoms.Bigelow said Tess'...
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Wolbachia Bacteria Could Help Stop Mosquitoes Spreading Zika Virus, Study Finds

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- In the fight against the spreading Zika virus, scientists have uncovered an unlikely ally in the form of a bacteria called "Wolbachia."The Aedes aegypti mosquito, the more abundant of the two species known to spread the Zika virus, are less able to spread the virus if they are exposed to the bacteria, according to a study published today in the medical journal Cell Host & Microbe.The bacteria is already being used on the same mosquitoes as a way to curb the spread of...
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Tips to Guard Against Mosquito Bites as Zika Fears Grow

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) --  It is now “very likely” the mosquito-borne Zika virus will spread from mosquitos to humans in America, U.S. health officials say.With summer right around the corner, experts are weighing in on the best things families can do to combat the disease at home in the United States.Consumer Reports found three products to be most effective in combating the mosquito known for carrying Zika: Sawyer Fisherman’s Formula Picaridin, Natrapel 8 Hour and Off! Deepwoods VIII.Michael Raupp, a professor of entomology at the...
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