| Oct 22, 2009
| 4:32 PM
Genetic tests that can help predict and refine a patient's response to drug therapy may be the first big thing in personalized medicine. But the vast majority of physicians don't know how to use them, a new survey finds. Individual......
| Dec 28, 2008
Science and medical leaders
Judah Folkman, 74; groundbreaking cancer researcher (Jan. 14)
Peter Staudhammer, 73; TRW engineer helped design the engine that landed astronauts on the moon
Werner K. Dahm, 90; aerodynamics expert worked on the early...
| Feb 16, 2009
A good friend of mine was approaching her 49th birthday with trepidation. Why, I asked her, was she so afraid of 49?
"My mother died at 49 of a heart attack. The same thing will probably happen to me," she said. Not likely, I replied. And we started to...
| Aug 5, 2008
| 8:34 AM
Bernann McKinney says her beloved pit bull "Booger" saved her life when another dog attacked her, then learned to push her wheelchair while she recovered from a severe hand injury and nerve damage.
He died in 2006, but now he's back - at least in clone...
| Oct 17, 2008
Paul Mullin's "The Sequence," currently at The Theatre @ Boston Court, chronicles the race between two scientists to map the human genome. Drawn from real-world events, this flashy and ambitious new play spotlights an important scientific breakthrough but...
| Apr 14, 2008
Will genome scan services improve people's health -- or not? So far, the limited evidence on behaviors after genetic testing has yielded mixed results.
For example, a 1997 study on 426 smokers conducted at Georgetown University Medical Center found...
| Apr 14, 2008
The last two years have seen an exponential increase in the rate of gene discovery, thanks in large part to the advancements in so-called genotyping chip technology. These small glass or silicon platforms have made quick and easy work of simultaneously...
| Apr 14, 2008
MY MATERNAL grandmother had Alzheimer's disease. Before she died, she forgot our names, our faces and, eventually, how to speak and think.But my grandfather's heartbreak was the most painful to witness. I remember watching the two of them on the sofa...
| May 19, 2008
Swapping spit: The term takes on a more refined meaning at the new dating site ScientificMatch.com. A prerequisite for signing up -- in addition to having a bit of cash to spare -- involves swishing a cotton swab inside your cheek and mailing a juicy...
| Dec 19, 2007
The news last week that scientists induced homosexual courtship in male fruit flies by changing levels of a neuro chemical was greeted with predictable headlines: "Scientists make fruit flies gay, then straight again." On science blogs, discussion raged...
| Jan 11, 2008
Scientists reported Thursday that for the first time they have made human embryonic stem cells without destroying embryos, a development that the government's top stem cell official said would make the controversial research eligible for federal funding....