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New research provides key insight about mitochondrial replacement therapy

By Erik Robinson November 30, 2016
A new discovery may unlock the answer to a vexing scientific question: How to conduct mitochondrial replacement therapy, a new gene-therapy technique, in such a way that safely prevents the transmission of harmful mitochondrial gene mutations from mothers to their children.

Kill the cancer, protect the brain

By Erik Robinson November 28, 2016
When the possibility of death is the only alternative, most people will opt for the most aggressive cancer treatments possible. The problem is, a new study by researchers at OHSU suggests that a robust combination of therapies that are effective in targeting the cancer can lead to harmful cognitive effects in the brain if the patient survives.

Study: Enhancing cancer response to radiation

By Amanda Gibbs November 28, 2016
OHSU researcher Sudarshan Anand, Ph.D., has a contemporary analogy to describe microRNA: “I sometimes compare MicroRNA to tweets — they’re short, transient and constantly changing.”

Cholesterol lowering drugs cut risk of a first heart attack or stroke

By Elisa Williams November 15, 2016
Cholesterol-lowering drugs help prevent heart attacks and strokes in adults with cardiovascular risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking, but have not yet had a heart attack or stroke, according to a large-scale analysis of clinical trial data.

New technique could increase success of infertility treatment

By Erik Robinson November 10, 2016
Families struggling with infertility or a genetic predisposition for debilitating mitochondrial diseases may someday benefit from a new breakthrough led by scientists at OHSU and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.
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