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The Making of Medicine

Author: Josh Barney (Page 38)

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The Future of Genome Modification

Did you know that scientists have already genetically modified a type of mosquito to help reduce the spread of malaria? That tidbit's from an interesting article on UVA Today about the future of genome editing. It's a Q&A with UVA public policy professor Randall Lutter, a faculty member at UVA’s…

2016 was a Big Year for the Brain

National Public Radio has done a roundup of 2016's major discoveries about the brain. You'll see the School of Medicine's Jonathan Kipnis, PhD, featured up high. And for good reason. His work is really forcing science to rethink what it thought it knew about the brain. Click the link above…

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The Challenges of Gene Editing

The possibility of editing our genes to prevent disease is tremendously exciting, but this interesting article from National Public Radio highlights what a daunting task it is.  (The piece also includes the fun tidbit that mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells, are thought to have once been primitive bacteria that…

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Wishes for the New Year

Happy new year, everyone. May it bring even more discoveries and breakthroughs than we saw in 2016. Medical research can happen slowly, but each step forward is just that: a step forward.

An Amazing Series of Discoveries

Jonathan Kipnis is on fire. First his lab discovered a previously unknown connection between the brain and the immune system, then his lab discovered that our immune system can influence our behavior, and now his lab has discovered powerful defenders of the brain that weren't thought to exist. He's pictured…

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Because Parents Demanded It

Dr. Leigh Grossman has a new book out for parents about daycare-acquired infections, and there's an interesting story behind it. She had written a popular book for physicians on the topic, but parents were so hungry for information that they started buying it online. The book clearly wasn't written for…