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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Today's Globe: DNA challenge, aging workers, diet pill

A massive international study of the human genome has caused scientists to rethink some of the most basic concepts of cellular function. Genes, it turns out, may be relatively minor players in genetic processes that are far more subtle and complicated than previously imagined.

An aging workforce, combined with the growing obesity epidemic and the high cost of medical care, could result in an epidemic of preventable illness that might cripple the region's economy, according to a study being released this morning by the New England Health Care Institute and the Boston Foundation.

Sanofi-Aventis SA's weight loss pill Acomplia shouldn't be approved in the United States because the company hasn't showed that the benefits outweigh the risk of suicidal thoughts among those taking the drug, an advisory panel said.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 06:34 AM
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