medical

Science and Technology
2:46 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

The Girl With Three Biological Parents

Alana Saarinen is one of only 30 to 50 people in the world who have DNA from three different people. (Screenshot via BBC)

Originally published on Tue September 2, 2014 2:12 pm

The United Kingdom could become the first country in the world to allow a scientific procedure that lets children be born with the DNA of three people.

Politicians there are holding their first debate on it today, and will vote on whether to legalize the technique in the coming months.

Scientists claim the procedure will eliminate debilitating genetic diseases, but it would also mean changing their human genetic code forever.

As the BBC’s science correspondent Rebecca Morelle reports, a handful of people have already been born this way.

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Health
2:17 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

'Exoskeleton' Lets Some Paraplegics Walk Again

Gene Laureano, a 51-year-old Army veteran from the Bronx, uses the ReWalk exoskeleton. (Sacha Pfeiffer/WBUR)

Originally published on Wed August 27, 2014 1:56 pm

One of the great dreams of the medical research world is to help paralyzed people who are unable to use their legs, to be able to walk again.

Implanting electrode stimulators into injured spinal cords has shown some promise. Stem cell spinal cord regeneration has been elusive so far. But one Massachusetts tech company is taking a completely different approach.

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Research News
3:27 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

A nematode worm glows as it nears death in this screenshot from a YouTube video showing the work of researchers in London.
Wellcome Trust YouTube

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 6:50 pm

Last year, researchers at University College London's Institute of Healthy Ageing were looking through their microscopes when they saw something amazing.

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Assignment: Radio
11:51 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Inoculated Against Fear: Vaccines In America

Credit Pascal Dolémieux

The Journal of Pediatrics recently published results from a study indicating there is no correlation between “too many vaccines too soon” and developing autism.

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