Bird flu expected to hit West Coast by summer

The H5N1 virus in birds is expected in the next couple of months in the United States," California Health and Human Services Secretary Kim Belshe told reporters on Thursday at a state bird flu pandemic preparedness meeting.

Bird flu expected to hit West Coast by summer - Yahoo! News

Consumers Turn to Their DNA for Answers

Discount retailer Target Corp. now sells DNA collection and profile kits online. Some specialty drug stores have begun stocking DNA-based nutritional tests. Ancestry tests have taken on new prominence with a project by the National Geographic Society encouraging people to explore 'the ultimate human history, as written in our genes.

Consumers Turn to Their DNA for Answers:

The Human Genome [On The Trail Again]

If a motorcycle will transport one from one town to the next as efficiently as a luxury town car, evolution will not evolve a town car, even though the town car is a better way to go. Humans travel through life with more luxuries then other species do. This concept would show more support for creation then evolution.

The Human Genome [On The Trail Again]

BioBOOM Op/Ed: Good article by a Tracey Stevens to open up more thought on the evolution vs. creationism theories. Tracy seems inclined to the creationism camp and in the light of fairness it is worth a read.

Testicles may provide a better kind of stem cell

Men may be carrying in their testicles an almost limitless supply of spare part cells for treating disease and injury, research has suggested. It could become possible to harvest the stem cells from testicles and grow them into specialised tissues for treating conditions such as diabetes, Parkinson’s disease and paralysis. As the cells would come from the patient’s own body, they would be a precise genetic match and would not risk rejection. This source of tissue would thus remove any need for therapeutic cloning.

Testicles may provide a better kind of stem cell - World - Times Online

BioBOOM Op/Ed: In possibly related stories there is expected to be a big decline in male to female sex change operations and adult video arcades are now selling, for big profit, any floor mopping material which in the past they disposed of. (just kidding) Sure we will hear more along these lines from Jay Leno and others. Stay tuned...

Studies Suggest Avian Flu Pandemic Isn't Imminent

Peter Palese, a virologist at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, said he did not believe the H5 virus could infect people except when they were exposed to large doses, for example, by sleeping in the same room as chickens. "I feel strongly that H5 has been around in humans for a long time and never caused a pandemic, suggesting that this is not the virus which is likely to be the next pandemic," he said.

Studies Suggest Avian Flu Pandemic Isn't Imminent - New York Times

BioBOOM Op/Ed: Very interesting article noting some hakuna matta verbage on the H5N1 virus threat.

Aging Japan builds robot to look after elderly

A Japanese-led research team said it had made a seeing, hearing and smelling robot that can carry human beings and is aimed at helping care for the country's growing number of elderly.

Aging Japan builds robot to look after elderly - Yahoo! News

BioBOOM Op/Ed: One of the more interesting statements in the article: In the future, we would like to develop a capacity to detect a human's health condition through his breath.

DNA Diet: Bogus or Breakthrough?

ABC News: DNA Diet: Bogus or Breakthrough?: "On the Sciona diet, dieters swab the inside of their cheek to collect a DNA sample, fill out a questionnaire, and send them both back to Sciona.
The Sciona laboratory analyzes 19 genes that affect bone health, heart health, antioxidant and detoxification, insulin resistance, and inflammation, according to the Sciona Web site. Based on the findings, Sciona recommends several dietary changes to counteract the genetic weaknesses. "

Fisher to buy Athena, stake in Nanogen

Fisher agreed to buy privately held medical test maker Athena Diagnostics Inc. for $283 million cash from investment firm Behrman Capital, as well as a minority interest in biotech company Nanogen Inc. for $15.1 million.

Fisher to buy Athena, stake in Nanogen

BioBOOM Op/Ed: The move is on in MDx acquizition and investments (See Asuragen from Ambion too). Be prepared for assimilation. Third Wave can only hope to be next for someone so they can be put out of their misery. Of course there are some bad risks and losers out there too. Call us if you'd like to be warned.

Gene therapy gives hope to haemophiliacs

Dr. Chris Troedson, 35, received a cloned version of what's known as the Christmas disease gene, which expresses the blood-clotting agent Factor IX, deficient in some haemophiliacs because of a genetic defect inherited from their mother. The gene, which was encased in a harmless virus, known as adeno-associated virus (AAV), was injected via a catheter through his groin into the blood vessel which supplies the liver. The virus casing allowed the gene, cloned from an anonymous person's DNA, to infiltrate Dr Troedson's liver cells, telling them to make Factor IX.

Gene therapy gives hope to haemophiliacs - Breaking News - National - Breaking News:

Scientist does "origami" folding with DNA

Paul Rothemund of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena , who described his DNA origami in the latest edition of the journal Nature, has constructed DNA objects as diverse as a triangle, five-pointed star, a smiley face and a tiny map of the Americas smaller than a typical bacterium.

"A biologist might use DNA origami to take proteins which normally occur separately in nature, and organize them into a multi-enzyme factory that hands a chemical product from one enzyme machine to the next in the manner of an assembly line," said Rothemund.

Science News Article |

DNA-Shaped Nebula Spotted in Space


Magnetic forces at the center of the galaxy have twisted a nebula into the shape of DNA, a new study reveals. This is the first time it has been observed in the cosmos.

Cosmic 'DNA': Double Helix Spotted in Space - Yahoo! News

BioBOOM Op/Ed: Intelligent Design??? Posted by Picasa

Playing Stem Cell Lottery

Embryonic stem research in the U.S. is not restricted in any way, as is often popularly believed in this hotly contested debate. The real issue at hand is federal funding.

Playing Stem Cell Lottery - "AMGN74.89- 0.12

Discoveries about the variability of the human genome help shed light on disease and evolution.

The old thinking held that coiled in our cells, we all carry the same instruction book with just a few alternative spellings. But upon closer scrutiny, it appears our DNA is full of long strings of genetic code that are copied sometimes hundreds of times, the number of copies varying wildly from person to person. Last year, scientists found that your odds of getting infected with HIV after an unprotected sexual encounter with someone who has the virus depend partly on how many copies you carry of a gene called CCL3L1.

Philadelphia Inquirer | 03/13/2006 | Nobody's perfect

News in Science - Menstrual bloodldsstem cells

At the meeting of the American College of Cardiology, Dr Shunichiro Miyoshi reported that he and his colleagues at Keio University in Tokyo collected menstrual blood from six women and harvested stem cells that originated in the lining of the uterus. They were able to obtain about 30 times more stem cells from menstrual blood than from bone marrow, Miyoshi says.

News in Science - Menstrual blood yields stem cells - 14/03/2006: "
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Plant sterol pills significantly lower LDL cholesterol

researchers studied patients who already were eating a heart-healthy diet and taking statin drugs to control cholesterol. The addition of plant sterols helped further lower total cholesterol and contributed to a nearly 10 percent reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the so-called "bad" cholesterol. Results of the study were published in the American Journal of Cardiology

Plant sterol pills significantly lower LDL cholesterol

BioBOOM Op/Ed: Even though the article says there is no commercial pill yet we do know of a new candy bar we got at a Henry's Grocery store that contains the same plant sterols and claims same affect. Go figure, a candy bar a day keeps the grim reaper away?

Government Health Researchers Pressed to Share Data at No Charge

A key federal advisory committee has recommended that scientists who receive NIH grants be required to post their results within six months of publication. And the Senate is considering legislation that would mandate such disclosures for an even broader array of federally funded scientists

Government Health Researchers Pressed to Share Data at No Charge

BioBOOM Op/Ed: Well as shareholders or rather should we say bond holders (due to all this debt) in the good old USA we say great. We should get all the information we want when ever we want especially if we hard working tax payers paid for it.

Canadian claims to have developed world's first blood test for brain diseases

The test, which looks for clumps of "misfolded" proteins that underlie such diseases, will enable a "definitive diagnosis" of such illnesses, which is not currently possible, researcher Neil Cashman told AFP.

Canadian claims to have developed world's first blood test for brain diseases - Yahoo! News

Hey Starbucks, how about a genetic test to go with that espresso?

Here's a real caffeine jolt — heart attacks might be a risk for coffee drinkers with a common genetic trait that makes caffeine linger in their bodies, a study suggests. "The new study 'clearly illustrates that one size does not fit all,' said University of Toronto researcher Ahmed El-Sohemy, a study co-author. 'Perhaps in the future we'll be making different (dietary) recommendations based on people's genetic makeup.'"

Coffee May Spell Heart Trouble for Some - Yahoo! News:

Sensor instantly detects cocaine or other toxins in blood

The sensor contains a specific, artificially fabricated DNA molecule that reacts when it meets cocaine. In seconds, the molecule turns from a floppy, formless shape into a rigid structure. When adding a blood or saliva sample contaminated with cocaine to the sensor, the change can be instantly measured by sending electrons through the DNA and seeing how they travel.

"The sensor can be built into a portable, handheld platform, and (the test) can be done here, in real time, within a few minutes, not a few hours," said Alan Heeger, a physics professor and Nobel Prize winner, who is part of the research team.

The testing device can be built from existing, inexpensive electronics. Heeger said the sensor is a major improvement on today's drug tests, where a sample of blood or urine has to be separated into its components before drugs can be identified.

Sensor instantly detects cocaine in blood - New York Times

Parents Sue Over Pregnancy Test Said to Tell Baby's Sex

Acu-Gen Biolab of Lowell, Mass., said the kit could detect the gender of the fetus with 99.9 percent accuracy — and as early as five weeks into pregnancy. The test costs $275 and comes with a 200 percent money-back guarantee. In the suit, the claimants said they relied on the company's promise to refund the fee if their tests weren't accurate, but when they tried to get their money back, the company refused to provide a refund and instead changed the terms of the refund policy, acccording to the lawsuit

ABC News: Parents Sue Over Pregnancy Test Said to Tell Baby's Sex

BioBOOM Op/Ed: This the Boy's "R" Us story?
We can only hope these charitans get hammered. A diagnostic with no data? Or better yet we are going to start selling some new collect at home tests with no data or claims ourselves.... seems like good money. Hello FDA - this is the kind of thing you should be stopping instead of the painstaking efforts you some times make proper scientifically founded assays jump thru hoops. Worse yet you restrict from use when there is data and proper claims. But hey if you wanna try it go here:

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