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    July 15, 2016

    First case of Zika sexual transmission from female to male reported

    The first case of female-to-male Zika virus transmission has been reported in New York City, according a press release from the CDC. Previously, only incidents of male transmission to other partners had been reported.

    Dr. Mark R. Schleiss, Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology, University of Minnesota Medical School: "This case demonstrates, for the first time, that female-to-male sexual transmission of Zika virus can occur..."

    Dr. Amelia Pinto and Dr. James D. Brien, Saint Louis University School of Medicine: "This work clearly advances our understanding of Zika virus biology and disease, considering that Zika virus out of all studied..."

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    June 28, 2016

    UPDATE: Congress passes mandatory labeling bill for genetically engineered foods

    Congress has passed a bipartisan bill that will require mandatory disclosure of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. It will supersede the Vermont labeling law that went into effect July 1st.

    Dr. William Hallman, Chair, Dept. of Human Ecology, Rutgers University: "Like all pieces of legislation, the provisions of this bill are open to interpretation and the devil is in the details. The wording of the bill is both rather specific and ambiguous..."

    Dr. Gary Marchant, Regents’ Professor of Law, Arizona State University: "If we are going to have mandatory GMO labeling in the United States, the proposed bill by Senators Roberts and Stabenow is about as rational and reasonable as it can get..."

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    July 12, 2016

    Red hair gene variants associated with increased mutations in skin cancer

    Skin cancer patients who have variations in the MC1R gene, linked to red hair and freckles, have more mutations in their tumors, according to a study in Nature Communications.

    Dr. Brian P. Pollack, Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine: "It is well established that individuals with red hair and light skin are at increased risk for melanoma, a potentially aggressive form of skin cancer...."

    Dr.Raymond J. Cho, Assistant Professor, niversity of California, San Francisco: "Past epidemiological research has shown that individuals born with certain genetic variants linked to red hair develop skin cancer more often.People with red hair usually show low levels..."

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    July 11, 2016

    Canola genetically engineered to produce commercially relevant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids

    Scientists from Dow AgroSciences have for the first time genetically engineered canola, a widely grown oilseed crop, to produce commercially relevant amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.

    Dr. Kan Wang, Global Biotechnology Professor, Department of Agronomy, and Director, Center for Plant Transformation, Iowa State University: "The group at Dow AgroSciences introduced a microalgal polyunsaturated fatty acids system into canola, a major oil seed crop. The system was expressed specifically in the seed, which leads to the production of omega-3 fatty acids. The transgenic canola lines were...

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    July 8, 2016

    Patient deaths halt clinical trial testing genetically engineered cells to treat cancer

    Three patients have died in a clinical trial that is testing the use of genetically engineered immune cells known as CAR-T cells to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia in adults. The Food and Drug Administration has temporarily halted the trial being conducted by the company Juno Therapeutics.

    Dr. Stephan Grupp, Novotny Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine: "We have not seen significant brain swelling in any of our pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia patients on the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/Penn study treated with CTL019 CAR-T cells. Most of these patients received fludarabine..."

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    June 28, 2016

    First primate model of Zika virus infection allows scientists to study new treatments

    Scientists report that healthy, pregnant rhesus macaque monkeys can be infected with Zika, providing a means for studying the mechanisms of infection.

    Dr. Peter Barry, Core Scientist, California National Primate Research Center: "This paper should be viewed as a critical first step in animal modeling of Zika virus, and the authors have provided..."

    Dr. Amelia Pinto, Assistant Professor, St. Louis University: "This study of the natural course of Zika infection in macaques does not provide us with any understanding of a possible link between Zika infection and..."

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Three patients have died in a clinical trial that is testing the use of genetically engineered immune cells known as CAR-T cells to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia in adults. Continue reading


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Scientists report in Nature Communications that healthy, pregnant rhesus macaque monkeys can be infected with Zika, providing a means for studying the mechanisms of infection. Continue reading


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Congress has passed a bipartisan bill that will require mandatory disclosure of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. It will supersede the Vermont labeling law that went into effect July 1st. Continue reading


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