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FBI’s genetic tests didn’t nail anthrax killer, GAO says

Source: McClatchy, by Greg Gordon, Mike Wiser and Stephen Engelberg, 12/2014

WASHINGTON — For a second time in three years, an inquiry cast doubt Friday on the FBI’s assertion that genetic testing had cinched its conclusion that a now-dead Army bioweapons researcher mailed anthrax-laced letters that killed five people and terrorized the East Coast in 2001. 301 more words


Myth: "Men1 and Men2 are the only genetic causes of Cushing’s"

Myth: “Men1 and Men2 are the only genetic causes of Cushing’s”

FACT: This is a Myth. More current research has explored multiple etiologies of Cushing’s. It was once thought that heredity had no influence on the development of Cushing’s Syndrome/Disease and our knowledge was once limited in this sense. 119 more words


WATCH: Rare skin condition makes baby Kiira untouchable

At first glance, eight-week-old baby Kiira looks just like any other healthy baby: bright eyes, a wisp of hair and baby-soft skin.

But Kiira has a rare genetic skin condition called recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (DEB). 232 more words


The Genetics of Cancer- Is There a Test?

When Dad was diagnosed with colorectal cancer, a thought that came to my mind was if cancer was genetic. Is it possible that it lies in my family? 385 more words


Taking your Genome to the Bank

What’s more valuable than your money, equally vulnerable, and unique to you? Answer: Your genome. And just like your money, your genome should be stored as securely as possible and those institutions that store your genome should be regulated on how they store it, use it, and potentially share it. 297 more words


Genetics May Be Factor In Hangover Severity

The Guardian: With the party season ahead, many of us will indulge in the odd tipple at the office Christmas party or enjoy a drink or two with friends and family. 346 more words



Amyloidosis is the deposition of abnormal insoluble extracellular proteins in tissues such as the heart, kidneys and basement membranes of blood vessels. Amyloid is derived from different precursor proteins, and differs in that the proteins have β-pleated sheet secondary structure, which render them resistant to phagocytosis. 267 more words