September 25, 2014
University of Rochester researchers, discussing their work in Nature Communications, report that retrotransposons, commonly called “jumping genes” may become active as the body ages and proteins designed to keep them contained begin to serve other functions. In theory, when the Sirt6 protein is “called away” to repair DNA damage elsewhere, retrotransposons can play a role in the development of age-related diseases such as cancer. In future studies, scientists will determine if increasing Sirt6 protein can serve the twofold purpose of keeping DNA damage in check and prevent “jumping genes” from initiating damage.
August 8, 2016
Millennials are struggling. We see it in the media every day. About 45% of Millennial college grads are working low-wage, dead-end jobs and have record levels of student debt. The number of young people making less than $25,000 per year is higher now than at any time in the last 25 years.
October 24, 2016
The CDC has expanded its count of Miami neighborhoods with verified local transmission of the Zika virus. As a result, pregnant women are taking precautions. Some have left the area. Others are donning hazmat suits.
November 14, 2016
The presidential campaign made one fact very clear. Most of the media and public aren’t focused on economic growth. They fail to see that in the end, it doesn’t matter what a candidate’s policy priorities are. Growth powers and funds everything else. Just take a look at the enormous federal deficit and you’ll see that economic health keeps taking a back seat to short-term goals.
January 16, 2017
Last week, Donald Trump complained about drug prices in a press conference. Drug companies, he said, are “getting away with murder.” During that presser, pharma and biotech stocks lost over $20 billion in value. Investors should have learned an important lesson. They probably didn’t.