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FDA Issues Warning to 23andMe

December 2, 2013

“23andMe, the company known for its saliva-based DNA-testing service, recently received a warning letter from the Food and Drug Administration claiming the company can no longer market their services until they prove…”

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World’s Tiniest FM Transmitter Made from Graphene

November 27, 2013

“As you know, graphene manufacturing makes goods smaller, stronger, and more powerful. Recently, researchers used a strip of graphene less than 5 micrometers long to build the smallest FM transmitter…”

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How Clinical Guidelines Can Fail Both Doctors and Patients

November 27, 2013

“How can a physician stay current on the latest research, review available data, and still find time to give all their patients the attention they deserve? The truth is, most doctors cannot. They are sometimes forced to rely on ‘one size fits all’ guidelines that can change rather quickly. Here’s what that means in daily practice…”

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FDA Clears Johnson & Johnsons Hepatitis C Drug

November 27, 2013

“Baby Boomers are five times more likely than the rest of the U.S. population to carry the Hepatitis C virus. Recently, a new breakthrough Hepatitis C treatment from Johnson & Johnson received FDA approval. This treatment, taken in pill form, blocks a specific protein the Hepatitis C virus requires to replicate…”

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DNA Pioneer Frederick Sanger Dies Aged 95

November 26, 2013

“It’s hard to believe, given the rapid pace of progress today, that genetics and genomics research is just over 50 years old. One man, awarded two Nobel Prizes during his lifetime, was instrumental in unlocking the mystery of DNA and our ability to analyze it. This same scientist was also the first to prove proteins are constructed from chains of amino acids. We owe the future to researchers like Fred Sanger…”

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Quantum World Record Smashed

November 26, 2013

“Just a few years ago, fully functional ‘quantum computers’ were merely theoretical. Today, the era of data stored via 1s and 0s might be closer to an end than we ever imagined. Quantum computing will allow even the smallest, consumer-grade machines to store exponentially more data and perform far more tasks...”

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In Warning Letter, FDA Orders 23andMe to Stop Selling Saliva Kit

November 26, 2013

“Personal genomics and biotechnology company 23andMe, known for their personal genome testing kit which won Time magazine’s invention of the year in 2008, was ordered to stop selling its Personal Genome Service this week by the Federal Food and Drug Administration. The reason for the warning letter stems from the company not obtaining clearance or approval from the agency before marketing the test…”

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Rolls-Royce Looks to Make Jet Engine Parts with 3D Printers

November 25, 2013

“Rolls-Royce Holdings—the aerospace and defense arm of the multinational company—has plans to use 3D printers as a way to reduce costs and lead times in its factories. According to the company’s head of technology strategy, using 3D printers could shave months off of the time it takes to normally manufacture simple parts used in jet engines.”

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Vitamin D May Lower Diabetes Risk in Obese Children and Adolescents

November 25, 2013

“Rates of childhood obesity and diabetes have been on the rise over the past few decades. Although the traditional methods of regulating insulin have shown positive results, new research shows that vitamin D supplements can help those afflicted with diabetes control their blood sugar levels.”

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