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Nanopore technique rapidly decodes long DNA strands

A low-cost technique may make DNA sequencing more convenient and less cumbersome, perhaps eventually replacing large lab machines with hand held devices.

Stem cell therapy regenerates heart muscle in primates

Regenerative medicine researchers successfully attempted stem cell therapy to repair damaged heart muscle in non-human primates.

Data suggest new class of drug may be potent against genital herpes

A new drug, called pritelivir, may offer a new treatment option for patients with genital herpes, a new industry-sponsored – study led by University of Washington researchers has found.

Genetically identical bacteria can behave in radically different ways

When a bacterial cell divides into two daughter cells there can be an uneven distribution of cellular organelles. The resulting cells can behave differently from each other, giving them an evolutionary advantage.

Single bacterial super-clone behind world epidemic of drug-resistant E. coli

Virulent, drug-resistant forms of E. coli that recently have spread around the world emerged from a single strain of the bacteria, not many different strains, as has been widely supposed.

Brain may play key role in blood sugar metabolism and diabetes development

Future diabetes treatment approaches might target regulatory systems in both the brain and the pancreas to achieve better blood glucose control, or even put the disease into remission.

Two common drugs may help treat deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome

A combination of interferon-alpha 2b and ribavirin, drugs routinely given for hepatitis C, may be an effective treatment for the coronovirus that causes this new disease.

Gene for most common childhood cancer identified

In children with this form of leukemia, damage to chromosome 9 removes part of a normal copy of the gene in question, and leaves the mutated copy unopposed.

Pioneer bacteria lay down trails that draw new recruits

New research shows bacteria may draw other bacteria to an infection site by laying down trails of a “molecular glue” that attract free-swimming individual bacteria.

UW Medicine launches multi-media health and wellness initiative April 1

In partnership with Fisher Communications, UW Medicine Health will provide information on healthy living and on the latest treatments and medical breakthroughs

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