Genetic variation linked to age-related mental decline; $5M donation supports new stem cell institute;

Stem Cells

A new technique is being used to help researchers identify the cells they need to extract from a stem cell culture, helping blow through an R&D bottleneck. News

Some prominent scientists at work at The Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco have landed a $5 million donation to help launch a new stem cell institute. Report

Genetics

A variation in the BDNF gene has been linked to the age-related decline in brain activity. Story

A team of investigators from Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine and Brigham and Women's Hospital say they have pinpointed a rare mutation called CFH R1210C that predicts a very high risk of age-related macular degeneration, a common cause of blindness among older people. Release

Researchers already know that the 9p21 gene carries with it a higher risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease. But a new study indicates that people who rely on a diet that concentrates on fruit and vegetables can alter their risk profile. Article

Cancer Research

The Department of Defense Lung Cancer Research Program has awarded Boston University School of Medicine $13.6 million to conduct a two-phase study on the potential of molecular biomarkers to diagnose lung cancer. Story

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