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LONDON -- An experimental treatment improved symptoms of Parkinson's disease in a mid-stage test, echoing results of an earlier pilot study.


COPEMISH, Mich. -- Redwoods and sequoias towering majestically over California's northern coast. Oaks up to 1,000 years old nestled in a secluded corner of Ireland. The legendary cedars of Lebanon.


Biotechnology Headlines

Could gene tests tell if kids can be sports stars? (AP, March 10, 2011; 2:37 PM)

Should last remaining known smallpox virus die? (Post, March 8, 2011; 9:41 PM)

Edwin D. Kilbourne, scientist who developed flu vaccine, dies at 90 (Post, March 4, 2011; 10:33 PM)

Shoppers wary of GM foods find they're everywhere (AP, February 25, 2011; 11:25 AM)

Supreme Court rules vaccine makers protected from lawsuits (Post, February 22, 2011; 10:46 PM)

Health insurance rules may decide whether infertility treatment is essential (Post, January 24, 2011; 8:12 PM)

Virginia House passes bill to end HPV vaccine mandate for girls in sixth grade (Post, January 21, 2011; 11:43 PM)

Seth Mnookin's 'The Panic Virus,' on the debate over vaccine use (By Sandra G. Boodman, January 14, 2011; 8:06 PM)

Men, women and driving: Gene Weingarten puts sexism in reverse (By Gene Weingarten, January 2, 2011)

Vitamin maker Royal DSM makes $1.1 billion offer for Md.-based Martek (Post, December 21, 2010; 7:22 PM)

Biogen laying off 13 percent of its work force (AP, November 3, 2010; 4:44 PM)

Study: Brain energy crisis may spark Parkinson's (AP, November 2, 2010; 3:03 AM)

Justices divided on allowing lawsuits in childhood vaccine cases (Post, October 12, 2010; 10:38 PM)

New 'superbugs' raising concerns worldwide (Post, October 11, 2010; 5:08 PM)

Robert Edwards wins 2010 Nobel prize in medicine for in-vitro fertizilation (Post, October 4, 2010; 11:08 PM)

Gene test aims for better heart disease detection (AP, October 4, 2010; 9:09 PM)

Nobel Prize given for test tube baby research (AP, October 4, 2010; 9:08 PM)

Sanofi-Aventis launches Genzyme takeover battle (AP, October 4, 2010; 3:05 PM)

Citation excerpts for 2010 Nobel medicine prize (AP, October 4, 2010; 6:11 AM)

Sanofi-Aventis launches Genzyme takeover battle (AP, October 4, 2010; 2:21 AM)

Scientists overcome hurdles to stem cell alternatives (Post, September 30, 2010; 10:51 PM)

Kids with ADHD more likely to have missing DNA (AP, September 30, 2010; 4:32 AM)

Whooping cough makes a comeback (Post, September 27, 2010; 3:18 PM)

FDA hears concerns over approving genetically modified salmon (Post, September 20, 2010; 8:41 PM)

Sickle cell testing of athletes stirs discrimination fears (Post, September 20, 2010; 12:19 AM)

FDA rules won't require labeling of genetically modified salmon (Post, September 18, 2010; 11:20 PM)

Pandemic over, it's a normal flu season: Plenty of vaccine should be available:  Millions will get ill and thousands will die, but vaccine should be plentiful (Post, September 7, 2010)

FDA considers approving genetically modified salmon for human consumption (Post, September 6, 2010; 5:16 PM)

The feminine mistake: This time, Gene has Gina's number (By Gene Weingarten, August 22, 2010)

In India, age often doesn't stop women from seeking help to become pregnant (Post, August 13, 2010)

Company says FDA is nearing decision on genetically engineered Atlantic salmon:  If approved, fish would be first altered animal to be marketed as food (Post, August 2, 2010)

Genetic testing mix-up reignites debate over degree of federal regulation needed:  'Wild West' of commercial interests weighed against the risk of stifling innovation (Post, July 17, 2010)

By freezing embryos, couples try to utilize fertility while delaying parenthood:  By freezing embryos, a Georgetown couple tries to beat the biological clock (Post, July 6, 2010)

New study of centenarians links certain genetic variations to a long lifespan (Post, July 2, 2010)

Science, traditions of Alsatian winemakers collide in France over fanleaf virus:  Alsatian traditions clash with researchers battling fanleaf virus (Post, June 12, 2010)

Q & A:  Q&A with Amy Gutmann of Presidential Commission for Study of Bioethical Issues (Post, June 9, 2010)

Scientists create cell based on man-made genetic instructions:  'IMPORTANT ADVANCE'
Scientists transplant genome into bacterium
(Post, May 21, 2010)

Genetically modified crops may not be environmentally harmful (By Nina Shen Rastogi, May 18, 2010)

Company plans to sell genetic testing kit at drugstores:  Kit scans for likelihood of ailments; critics fear harmful domino effect (Post, May 11, 2010)

Ancient DNA shows interbreeding between Homo sapiens and Neanderthal:  RECOVERED DNA FINDS ANCESTRY
Non-Africans interbred about 100,000 years ago
(Post, May 7, 2010)

Cloning of horses prompts debate over registering genetic duplicates:  Major breeding groups rule that a clone is a horse of different color (Post, May 4, 2010)

H1N1 vaccine study investigating hints of complications from vaccine (Post, April 24, 2010)

Millions of H1N1 vaccine doses may have to be discarded:  Expiration date looms for supplies left unused as demand declined (Post, April 1, 2010)

Lawsuit attacks patent giving company control over genetic test for cancer risk:  Lawsuit targets breast cancer test controlled by one firm (Post, March 2, 2010)

Olympic champions must train hard, but the right genes are also essential (Post, February 23, 2010)

Genomes of Archbishop Tutu, Bushman decoded in developing-world health push:  Researchers hope to customize health care in developing world (Post, February 18, 2010)

A Comedy of Eros: Gene Weingarten Aces His Valentine's Day Exam (By Gene Weingarten, February 14, 2010)

Genetic testing firms draw customers, scrutiny:  New companies sell genetic readings direct to consumers, with no doctor involved (Post, January 26, 2010)

Genetic scientists explore how centuries of breeding have altered dogs' DNA:  Scientists explore how centuries of breeding altered canine DNA (Post, January 19, 2010)

Testing of cocaine vaccine shows it does not fully blunt cravings for the drug:  One danger: Some addicts take massive amounts to beat the treatment (Post, January 5, 2010)

More vaccine but fewer takers, H1N1 surveys indicate (Post, December 23, 2009)

H1N1 vaccine recall includes doses sent to Washington region:  Vaccine tested post-shipment had lost potency (Post, December 16, 2009)

Epigenetics research takes aim at cancer, Alzheimer's, autism, other illnesses:  Research on mice might have meaning for many human illnesses (Post, December 15, 2009)

Nation's preparedness for health threats will be reviewed:  TECHNOLOGY OUTDATED
Efforts to develop new defenses are at issue
(Post, December 2, 2009)

Is there a history lesson from the swine flu of '76?:  Scientists look closely for side effects of vaccine after earlier version caused outbreak of rare form of paralysis (Post, November 28, 2009)

Va. Tech to help decode the turkey's genetic gobbledygook:  Va. Tech research could lead to 'happier' birds, bigger breasts or legs (Post, November 26, 2009)

Vaccine makers are slow to perfect new techniques:  New production techniques are mostly years away from being implemented (Post, November 24, 2009)

Vaccine makers are slow to perfect new techniques:  New production techniques are mostly years away from being implemented (Post, November 24, 2009)

Scientists have high hopes for corn genome (Post, November 20, 2009)

When it comes to H1N1 vaccine, some doctors are just saying no:  Some doctors are just saying no to the swine flu vaccine (Post, November 8, 2009)

Of the 40 percent of parents who sought H1N1 flu vaccine for their children, only one-third found it, according to a Harvard School of Public Health survey (Post, November 7, 2009)

Honor rules, CDC urges vendors of H1N1 vaccine:  Some worry priority is not being given to at-risk groups (Post, November 6, 2009)

Flu outrunning vaccine, experts say:  Shots may not be widely available until December or January (Post, November 5, 2009)

One swine flu shot needed for pregnant women, studies show:  Independent panel meets for first time to review H1N1 data (Post, November 3, 2009)

Doctors' offices caught between the ill and the ill-tempered:  Satisfactory answers are in as short supply as the flu vaccine itself, workers find (Post, November 2, 2009)

Independent experts to review safety studies on H1N1 vaccine (Post, November 2, 2009)

Tempers flare in Va. over shortage of vaccine and answers:  Satisfactory answers are in as short supply as the flu vaccine itself, workers find (Post, November 1, 2009; 9:53 PM)

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