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Thursday, March 8, 2007

Today's Globe: viral outbreak, Fernald's future, Pembroke Hospital probe, cancer genes, donated bodies

About 200 elderly residents and 100 workers at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Roslindale have been stricken in the past two weeks with a gastrointestinal illness that caused the sprawling facility to stop accepting new patients and summon reinforcements for its depleted staff.

Supporters and families of Fernald Development Center residents applauded when a judge walked into a federal courtroom yesterday to hear US Attorney Michael J. Sullivan present his report on a yearlong investigation that recommends that the beleaguered facility remain open.

Two investigations of Pembroke Hospital, initiated last year by the Department of Mental Health and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, were closed in February without findings of wrongdoing by the hospital. Meanwhile, a new probe of the private psychiatric facility has been launched.

About 100 new genes have been linked with cancer in a study that increases the amount of DNA that may be probed for new therapies by almost a third. The genes can change into cancer drivers with the potential to stimulate abnormal behavior in cells, said Michael Stratton, a geneticist at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge, England, who helped lead a multinational study released yesterday by the journal Nature.

A former UCLA official and an associate were arrested yesterday on charges that they illegally sold parts of bodies donated for research in a scheme that produced more than $1 million in profits.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:29 AM
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