Gene therapy strategy found effective in mouse model of hereditary disease TSC

BOSTON — Patients with tuberous sclerosis complex, a genetic disorder characterized by the growth of noncancerous tumors in multiple organs of the body, have limited treatment options. A team led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) has now shown that gene therapy can effectively treat mice that express one of the mutated genes that…

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One 18-Hour Flight, Four Coronavirus Infections

The versions of the coronavirus that all seven carried were virtually identical genetically — strongly suggesting that one person among them initiated the outbreak. That person, whom the report calls Passenger A, had in fact tested negative four or five days before boarding, the researchers found. Updated  Jan. 8, 2021, 5:03 a.m. ET “Four or…

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Urs Fischer Distorts The Iconic Louis Vuitton Monogram

Courtesy of Louis Vuitton With each new year comes an aura of possibility and reinvention. That spirit is at the very heart of the new Louis Vuitton x Urs Fischer collection, which fittingly launched on New Year’s Day. The capsule’s launch marries the Swiss contemporary artist’s vision with Louis Vuitton’s iconic monogram logo for an…

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How to Remove Stubborn Quarantine Stains At Home

We might not be experiencing the pain of a yellow mustard spill at a Mets game or boozy date nights involving Cabernet, but quarantine stains hit differently. Our first world problems seem magnified in lockdown. Something as small as spilled coffee on your favorite sweats to kitchen mishaps from a TikTok recipe can reveal just…

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Why D.C. Rioters Wore Costumes to the Capitol

They came dressed for chaos. They came in red, white and blue face paint and star-spangled superhero outfits, in flag capes (American, yes, but also Confederate and Trumpian) and flag jackets and Trump bobble hats. One man came as a patriotic duck; another as a bald eagle; another as a cross between a knight-errant and…

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The virus spread faster in counties where large universities held classes in person.

The spread of the coronavirus accelerated sharply in U.S. counties where large universities held classes in person last fall, federal health researchers reported on Wednesday. Incidence rates in those counties rose more than 50 percent in the first three weeks after classes started, compared with the previous three-week period, according to a new study by…

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A Riot Amid a Pandemic: Did the Virus, Too, Storm the Capitol?

Three distinct groups — Capitol Police, rioters and members of Congress — “were spending time indoors, without social distancing, for long periods of time,” said Dr. Joshua Barocas, an infectious diseases physician at Boston University. The melee likely was a super-spreader event, he added, “especially given the backdrop of the highly transmissible variants that are…

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Los Angeles County memo responds to Covid-19 surge

With hospitals in Los Angeles County swamped with Covid-19 patients, a memo that went out to the county’s ambulance crews last week caused public alarm and prompted explanations from medics on social media about their care practices. In the memo, a slightly updated version of which was released on Monday, the county Emergency Medical Services…

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