Is Cancer the Next Frontier for a Nobel-winning Therapy?

(DGIwire) – There is no greater reward for a new medical treatment than its successful application across a wide variety of conditions. Consider the evolution of RNA interference (RNAi) since its discovery by Craig C. Mello and Andrew Z. Fire, co-recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2006 for their discovery. An […]

The Eyes Have It: A Unique Therapy for Ocular Disorders

(DGIwire) – We depend on our vision to complete everyday simple tasks. Unfortunately, there are many ocular disorders that can cause problems in both the front and the back of the eye that interfere with our vision and may prevent our ability to function. The cornea is the eye’s outermost layer, according to the National […]

Skin Fibrosis: Could RNAi Therapy Fill an Unmet Need?

(DGIwire) – Imagine skin around a healed wound that feels so tight that flexing it becomes a painful chore. Sounds like a nightmare? It is a reality for those with skin fibrosis—a serious condition characterized by the inflammation and hardening of skin tissue, and ultimately tissue dysfunction, reports Scleroderma News. In the most severe cases, […]

RNAi: Turning Off Genes to Treat Disease

(DGIwire) – In high school biology class, students are taught “DNA codes for RNA codes for proteins.” These days, scientists not only have the capability to manipulate the basic molecules of life; they are also able to prevent the production of proteins that play roles in certain diseases. The way this works is through a […]

Vision Problems to Rise as Baby Boomers Age

(DGIwire) – Baby boomers have seen dramatic shifts in society over the past few decades. But as they get older, their ability to see might degrade. In June 2016, the deputy clinical director of the National Eye Institute (NEI), a division of the National Institutes of Health, told the Pocono Record that as the youngest […]

Broccoli and Vision: A Surprising Connection

(DGIwire) – Carrots are supposedly beneficial for eyesight but—broccoli? Researchers from the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, located in Novato, CA, recently boosted the potency of a broccoli-related compound by 10 times and identified it as a possible treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss affecting more than two […]

Is RNAi the ‘Next Big Thing’ in Consumer Skin Care?

(DGIwire) — When it comes to skin care, many cosmetic products promise a lot…and deliver a lot less. But what if skin care products were able to harness a cutting-edge molecular tool that directly blocked the proteins that trigger problems like uneven skin tone and wrinkles? According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, one […]

RNAi: How One Man Helped Discover a Potential Road to Better Treatments

(DGIwire) – Dr. Craig Mello received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2006—but he didn’t always want to be a life scientist. Instead, digging for dinosaur bones lured him into science, according to a profile published by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Mello’s father, a paleontologist with the Smithsonian Institution, often took […]

RNAi: Turning Off Genes to Treat Disease

(DGIwire) – In high school biology class, students are taught “DNA codes for RNA codes for proteins.” These days, scientists not only have the capability to manipulate the basic molecules of life; they are also able to prevent the production of proteins that play roles in certain diseases. The way this works is through a […]

5 Technologies That Could Totally Transform Healthcare

(DGIwire) – What does the future hold for healthcare? Cutting-edge technologies could transform medicine as it is practiced today and ensure a wondrous array of breakthroughs for the patients of tomorrow. What’s especially exciting is that some advances are already in various stages of development today. Here is a brief glimpse of five of them: […]

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