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SOURCE: The Washington Post, USA
AUTHOR: Rick WeissURL:
DATE: 17.08.2007

The 36-year-old Illinois woman who died last month after being treated with an experimental gene therapy was infected with a fungus that usually causes only a mild illness. But the infection spun out of control and ravaged her organs, suggesting that her immune system was seriously impaired, said a doctor who is part of the medical investigation.

Who owns your genes? Patenting life

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Michael Crichton
Published: February 13, 2007

You, or someone you love, may die because of a gene patent that should never have been granted in the first place. Sound far-fetched? Unfortunately, it's only too real.

In the United States, gene patents are now used to halt research, prevent medical testing and keep vital information from you and your doctors. Gene patents slow the pace of medical advance on deadly diseases. And they raise costs exorbitantly: A test for breast cancer that could be done for $1,000 now costs $3,000.

Patient in Experimental Gene Therapy Study Dies, F.D.A. Says

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New York Times

HEALTH - July 27, 2007

Patient in Experimental Gene Therapy Study Dies, F.D.A. Says


The case could be another setback for gene therapy, a field with a troubled history and numerous treatment failures.

A patient has died in a study of an experimental gene therapy, the Food and Drug
administration reported yesterday. The agency said it was investigating the death to determine whether the treatment was to blame.

The next Human Genome Project: Our microbes

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SOURCE: Technology Review, USA
AUTHOR: Emily Singer
DATE: 02.05.2007

A proposed project to sequence the microorganisms that inhabit our
bodies could have a huge impact on human health.

Much as we might like to ignore them, microbes have colonized almost
every inch of our bodies, living in our mouths, skin, lungs, and gut.
Indeed, the human body has 10 times as many microbial cells as human
cells. They're a vital part of our health, breaking down otherwise
indigestible foods, making essential vitamins, and even shaping our


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Biotech company turns two Peruvian hospitals into

by Silvia Ribeiro*

The biotech company Ventria Biosciences sponsored
tests on babies and children hospitalized at two
pediatric institutes in Peru, of two new experimental
drugs derived from transgenic rice that was
genetically engineered with synthetic human genes to
produce artificial human milk proteins.

The experiments - results of which were revealed this
May in the US - were carried out at the Institute for
Child Health and at the Nutrition Research Institute,

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