Midnight In The Desert — FDA

FDA approves 1st ‘living drug’ to treat cancer in the US

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FDA approves 1st ‘living drug’ to treat cancer in the US

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first-ever gene therapy to treat cancer in the US. The treatment offers a totally new approach to fighting the disease and could lead to novel treatments of other serious and life-threatening maladies. On Wednesday, the FDA approved a new leukemia treatment from the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, which the agency said is “the first gene therapy available in the United States.” The treatment, called Kymriah, is a “genetically-modified autologous T-cell immunotherapy,” where each dose is created by using the patient’s own T-cells, a type of white blood cell known as a lymphocyte....

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Gene Therapy May Have Reversed Human Aging For First Time

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Gene Therapy May Have Reversed Human Aging For First Time

The controversial process of reversing aging through gene therapy is no longer solely for mice, if–and it’s a big if–new data from biotech firm BioViva can be validated. The company claims that their 44-year-old CEO, Elizabeth Parrish of Seattle, has become the first human to be “successfully rejuvenated by gene therapy,” after two experimental procedures appear to have reversed 20 years of normal telomere shortening. BioViva explains: In September 2015… Elizabeth Parrish received two of her own company’s experimental gene therapies: one to protect against loss of muscle mass with age, another to battle stem cell depletion responsible for diverse...

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U.S. environmentalists sue to overturn approval of GMO salmon

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U.S. environmentalists sue to overturn approval of GMO salmon

U.S. health regulators are facing a lawsuit from a coalition of environmental organizations seeking to overturn the government's landmark approval of a type of genetically engineered salmon to be farmed for human consumption. The Center for Food Safety, Food and Water Watch, Friends of the Earth and other groups allege in the lawsuit, filed on Wednesday, that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) failed to consider all of the environmental risks of the fish when the agency approved it in November. The FDA also cleared the product, made by Massachusetts-based AquaBounty Technologies, without having the proper authority to regulate genetically...

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