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March 23, 2020
We hope you are safe and well and taking all necessary steps to stay that way. In a time like this, one marvels at how much effort has gone into medical progress over the centuries, as well as the importance of science now under way.
March 12, 2020
Microorganisms on and in your body can tell scientists your age – sometimes within four years– setting the stage for new interventions and diagnostic tools built on analyses of microbes in your mouth, on your skin, and in your fecal matter.
March 5, 2020
A blood draw has successfully predicted the recurrence of gastric cancer long before it would otherwise be detectible in the latest example of liquid biopsy’s promise.
February 20, 2020
Life science researchers are increasingly discovering the value that iSpecimen’s Marketplace and its growing network of supply partners – hospitals, clinical labs, biobanks, blood collection centers, and healthy cell processing sites – provide by enabling increased access to large cohorts of specimens and annotated data, efficiently and in a scalable way.
February 13, 2020
Instead of starting with a disease and looking for a cure, Boston area researchers recently started with thousands of drugs and watched what they did to cancer.
February 5, 2020
What’s the best way to understand a patient’s specific cancer? Quickly recreate a facsimile outside his or her body. That appears to be the thinking behind Penn Medicine’s work to grow organoids from patients’ brain tumor tissue.
January 21, 2020
Although January is just another month and the 2020s are just another decade, big changes in the calendar give us pause. As another year unfolds, I marvel at how far biomedical research has come and where it will take us in the next year and beyond.
January 9, 2020
New research is helping to clarify scientists’ understanding of how post-heart-attack cardiac function sometimes improves after injections of cells. Hearts are healing, not actually regenerating tissue as many thought, the new research suggests.
December 20, 2019
The taller you are the more likely you are to develop atrial fibrillation, according to a new study relying on genetic data from more than a million people. Every inch in height over 5 feet 7 inches translates into about a 3 percent increase in AFib risk, according to the Penn Medicine study.
December 12, 2019
Two patients with serious conditions have shown remarkable results after receiving cutting-edge treatment using CRISPR, the revolutionary gene-editing tool, to alter blood-producing stem cells.