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Rady Children's Hospital Begins Search For Birth Defect Genes

April 27
By David Wagner
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The goal is to pinpoint the genes or environmental factors driving problems like cleft palate and certain heart defects.

San Diego Researchers Caught Up In Ethical Debate About Altering Human DNA

April 27
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A DNA modification technique that helps mothers avoid passing serious medical conditions on to their children is raising ethical and safety questions.

A Shrinking Salton Sea Raises Health Concerns

April 27
By David Wagner
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Agencies and residents are turning their attention to air quality as shoreline dries up along California's largest inland body of water.

Salk Scientists Propose New Mitochondrial Disease Fix

April 23
By David Wagner
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San Diego researchers have discovered a way to cut bad mitochondrial DNA out of mouse embryos. But they say ethical debate is needed before ever trying the technique in humans.

Scripps Research Institute Receives $3.8M To Fund Addiction Study

April 21
By City News Service
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The $3.8 million will fund a five-year study of brain mechanisms that suppress relapses of cocaine and alcohol addiction.

Scientists Find Microbial Riches In Isolated South American Village

April 17
By David Wagner
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Members of an isolated Amazonian tribe carry the most diverse collection of bacteria ever seen in humans, according to a new study.

Genetic Chain Reaction Sets Off Scientific Debate

April 17
By David Wagner
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UC San Diego researchers have discovered a powerful new way to spread modified genes. Some experts say it could combat deadly diseases; others say their experiment was unsafe.

San Diego Whale Bones Airlifted By Coast Guard For Research

April 13
By Erik Anderson
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The effort was a training exercise and a public service to help the San Diego Natural History Museum's research on whales.

Could A Giant Magnet Like This Help Power The World?

April 10
By David Wagner
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This week, General Atomics unveiled the beginning of work on a magnet more than four stories tall. This magnet's job is an even taller order: making good on the clean energy promise of nuclear fusion.

Survey Asks Residents What They Want To See In City Of San Diego's Website

April 8
By City News Service
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City staff hopes to learn what locals and visitors think about San Diego as well as why users visit the city website, what tasks they hope to accomplish once they are there and how it can be optimized for a better user experience in the future.