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  • Sex Differences in Brain Cell Development Offer Clues Into Disease Risk

    A new Yale study reveals that astrocytes, a type of glial cell found in the central nervous system, develop at different rates in male and female mice, differences that could affect how neural networks are constructed and may have implications for disease risk. The findings were published Feb. 1 in Cell Reports.

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  • Yale doctor creates new weapons to kill cancer

    The battle against cancer is increasingly being fought on the genetic level, and Dr. Samuel Katz is aiding the body’s immune system by creating safer, more effective weapons. His research is focused on treating cancers of the blood, such as multiple myeloma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma and acute myeloid leukemia, but his technique could eventually be used against solid tumors as well, including cancers of the breast, ovary, pancreas and colon. Most gene therapy uses genetically modified DNA in the body’s T lymphocytes — a type of white blood cell that is an integral part of the body’s immune system — to find, attack and kill cancer cells.

    Source: New Haven Register
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  • Promising Yale cancer research supported by Stamford based non-profit leading charge in gene therapy studies

    Support from ACGT has Dr. Samuel Katz at Yale School of Medicine refining the current research. He is reprogramming cells, with RNA, the genetic material that delivers the message, to destroy the cancerous ones — acting as soldiers in battle, if you will. “We give them the message,” says Dr. Katz, “and then the message goes away, and when the soldier is done with his job he returns back to normal.” If successful, this approach will make safer and stronger cells – a super-soldier that reintegrates into society when the war is won.

    Source: WTNH News Channel 8
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