Perspectives in Research

The Genetic Reality of a Jurassic World

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As some of the most impressively gargantuan creatures to ever roam the earth, dinosaurs are a constant source of intrigue and inspiration. In the latest remake of the classic Jurassic novel, Jurassic World, dinosaurs again steal the spotlight by giving moviegoers’ imaginations an exquisite bite (pun intended) of life among these magnificent beasts. But as(...)

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Clinical trial to target cancer drugs to gene mutations for individualized therapy

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Imagine a scenario where a patient comes into the clinic with a suspected cancer. The clinician not only confirms that the patient does indeed have cancer, but also identifies a specific gene abnormality that is driving the tumor. Without hesitating, the doctor prescribes a cancer drug that specifically targets the gene mutation responsible for the(...)

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Church Attendance Could Lower HIV Rates in High-Risk Women

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A potential tool to combat the HIV epidemic in Baltimore is gaining attention, and it may involve an unlikely location — the church. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Memphis School of Public Health have identified church attendance as a possible way to encourage communication about sexual(...)

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BRCA Testing: The Hidden Cost of Knowledge

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In late March 2015, Angelina Jolie penned a new op-ed, “Diary of a Surgery,” in which she detailed her continued struggles with hereditary cancer risks. After having a preventive mastectomy in 2013, she recently shared her decision to have her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, in an effort to prevent a cancer that killed three(...)

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