Richard Harris

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Scientists Battle In Court Over Lucrative Patents For Gene-Editing Tool

Monday, December 05, 2016

A gene-editing technology called CRISPR-cas9 could be a gold mine for its inventors, but it's not clear who owns the idea. U.S. patent judges will soon hear oral arguments to decide the issue.


Congress Poised To Pass Sweeping Law Covering FDA And NIH

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The House could vote Wednesday on a vast bill that stretches nearly a thousand pages and holds changes large and small for the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.


Big Data Coming In Faster Than Biomedical Researchers Can Process It

Monday, November 28, 2016

There's a plethora of projects to gather data about the brain, various kinds of cancer and every type of cell in the body. But researchers are struggling to keep up with the information explosion.


Patients Increasingly Influence The Direction Of Medical Research

Monday, November 28, 2016

Medical researchers are no longer ignoring the people who have the most to gain — or lose. But as patient advocates become more influential, they risk being co-opted by the biomedical industry.


Biomedical Researchers Ponder Future After Trump Election

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The federal government spends more than $30 billion a year to fund the National Institutes of Health. How will a new administration affect academic research? What about pharmaceutical research?


DNA Is Not Destiny When It Comes To Heart Risk

Sunday, November 13, 2016

People with unlucky genes but good health habits were half as likely to develop heart disease as those who had an unhealthful lifestyle and genes that increased their heart risk, a study found.


Cigarette Smoking In The U.S. Continues To Fall

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says smoking rates have fallen from 21 percent of the adult population in 2005 to 15 percent in 2015, when the agency conducted its latest survey.


Testing Begins On An Experimental Zika Vaccine With Inactivated Virus

Monday, November 07, 2016

Scientists are racing to create a vaccine. The latest effort being tested uses inactivated virus, a technique that has been used successfully to fight other diseases, and human volunteers.


Renowned Authority On Climate Change Science, Ralph Cicerone Dies At 73

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Up until he retired as head of the National Academy of Sciences, the soft-spoken atmospheric scientist spent his career diligently directing a skeptical public to the human causes of climate change.


First Cases Of New, Infectious Fungus Reported In U.S.

Friday, November 04, 2016

The fungus Candida auris has infected hospitalized patients with weakened immune systems or other serious conditions. Four of the seven patients died, but it's unclear if the fungus was the cause.


Simplified Study Aims To Quickly Test A Long-Shot ALS Treatment

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Fifty patients with Lou Gehrig's disease have volunteered for a study of a dietary supplement as an experimental treatment. Even a failure could help by eliminating a dead end from consideration.


When A Fainting Spell Is Caused By A Serious Blood Clot

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Blood clots are on the list of conditions that doctors are supposed to consider when figuring out unexplained fainting spells. An Italian study suggests physicians should be more alert to clots.


Small Savings For Drugs Made To Mimic Biotech Blockbusters

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Pfizer is poised to start selling Inflectra, its version of the blockbuster rheumatoid arthritis drug Remicade. But the price of Inflectra is only 15 percent less.


Reviews Of Medical Studies May Be Tainted By Funders' Influence

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Researchers often combine the results of many medical studies to evaluate treatments. But when the combiners have a financial interest, the results might be inaccurate, a scientist says.


3 Chemists Share Nobel Prize For Work On 'Molecular Machines'

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

The 2016 Nobel for chemistry goes to Jean-Pierre Sauvage, Sir J. Fraser Stoddart and Bernard L. Feringa. The chemists are French, Scottish and Dutch, respectively.


Flawed Research Tool Leads To Faulty Medical Findings

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Just as natural antibodies help your body find and fight microbial invaders, tailored research antibodies let scientists target and study cancer cells. But too many are poorly made, scientists say.


Controversy Continues Over Muscular Dystrophy Drug, Despite FDA Approval

Saturday, September 24, 2016

The Food and Drug Administration approved a muscular dystrophy drug despite deeply flawed evidence. Was the decision a dangerous precedent or flexible pragmatism reflecting patients' values?


Are We Reaching The End Of The Trend For Longer, Healthier Lives?

Friday, September 23, 2016

In the past 50 years, better medical care and healthier habits have greatly reduced the risk of dying young from heart disease. But the obesity epidemic threatens to reverse that happy trend.


HHS Issues New Rules To Open Up Data From Clinical Trials

Friday, September 16, 2016

The aim is to make clinical trial data available to volunteers and scientists, even if a drug or therapy being tested turns out to be a failure. That could help identify serious side effects.


Trump Releases Medical Information In Doctor's Letter

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Trump campaign released information about the candidate's health Thursday. It shows normal test results.