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Promiscuous bacterial ‘sex’ plays role in antibiotic resistance

Bacteria and fungi created natural antibiotics eons before drug companies turned them into medicines. To counter these natural microbe killers, ...
Do vaccines contain glyphosate? Examining the anti-GMO claim

Do vaccines contain glyphosate? Examining the anti-GMO claim

Many GMO critics believe that vaccines are contaminated with glyphosate. A look at how vaccines are made and how glyphosate ...
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Blood test predicts autism with 90% accuracy

New research, published Sunday [Feb. 18] in the journal Molecular Autism, might provide one of the first steps needed toward developing an accurate ...
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Growing human organs in sheep could help solve transplant shortage

Growing human organs inside other animals has taken another step away from science-fiction, with researchers announcing they have grown sheep ...
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Keep hitting the gym: Exercise can help stave off brain deterioration

In recent years, there has been a groundswell of science-based evidence linking the triad of (1) brain health, (2) cognitive function, and (3) ...
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Why biodiversity might not always be such a good thing for our health

While some think of the "dilution effect" as settled science, some ecologists argue that claiming conservation will broadly reduce disease ...
2-17-2018 education-in-STEM

Why don’t more women pursue STEM fields? There’s no easy answer

Many academics in the modern world seem obsessed with the sex difference in engagement with science, technology, mathematics, and engineering ...
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Breastfeeding breakthrough: Transgender woman is first to feed her baby

A 30-year-old transgender woman has become the first officially recorded to breastfeed her baby. An experimental three-and-a-half-month treatment regimen, which included hormones, a ...
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With imaging advances, brain researchers no longer rely on cadavers and freak accidents

The increased use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a research tool could lead to better understanding of a wide ...
Melanoma mystery: Obese men undergoing immune-therapy survive longer than those with normal weight

Melanoma mystery: Obese men undergoing immune-therapy survive longer than those with normal weight

Obese men with metastatic melanoma who are treated using targeted or immuno-therapies survive for more than twice as long as ...
Should we be treating autism with marijuana?

Should we be treating autism with marijuana?

4-year-old Benjamin is repeatedly smashing his head against the wall. He spins wildly in circles, screeching at full volume. … ...
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Viewpoint: From coffee to BPA to glyphosate, California activists misrepresent cancer risks

Coffee is only the latest example of a trend that has become all too common. Activists who profess concern for ...
2-15-2018 brain-machine-3

Brain-machine interfaces: Biology and body upgrades on the way. How will we handle them?

Upgrading our biology may sound like science fiction, but attempts to improve humanity actually date back thousands of years. Every ...
End ‘yo-yo dieting': Fat-burning molecular switch could block hunger impulse

End ‘yo-yo dieting’: Fat-burning molecular switch could block hunger impulse

Australian scientists have discovered a new molecular switch in our brains that controls fat burning – and by flicking it ...
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Cancer quest: Moonshot initiative melds genetic data with supercomputers, but keep expectations in check

It’s been two years since the Cancer Moonshot Initiative was unveiled during President Obama’s final State of the Union speech ...
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Stop flu symptoms in one day? Experimental pill could be available in the US by 2019

A new medicine can rid flu suffers of their symptoms in as little as a day, but the drug will ...
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Digging in the dirt may yield new class of antibiotics

It might come as a surprise to learn that dirt, that canonical cause of infection, is also a megafactory for ...
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Piecing together the complex puzzle of the brain’s decision-making functions

A group of 21 neuroscientists are joining forces in an effort to better understand how different parts of the brain ...
California may soon label coffee as a cancer risk—more than 100 studies suggest the opposite

California may soon label coffee as a cancer risk—more than 100 studies suggest the opposite

In what's got to be the dumbest idea yet from the nanny state of California (sorry, guys, but it's true), coffee sold ...
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Is there a link between autism spike and ultrasound tests?

[A]s ultrasound use has sharply increased, so too have diagnoses of autism—prompting questions about a potential relationship. A rigorous new ...
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Can we boost memory through brain stimulation?

In a study appearing [February 6] in Nature Communications, [...] a team of researchers succeeded at enhancing memory more reliably, by stimulating ...
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Harnessing bacteria like E. coli to dispense medicines shows promise, but hurdles remain

We’ve already seen the first cellular medicines, human immune cells genetically reprogrammed to attack cancer cells. Now the first bacterial medicines ...
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Lab-grown human eggs may offer hope for the infertile

In a landmark development, scientists have been able to replicate the process where egg cells mature in the ovaries outside ...
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Viewpoint: Your family should know if any of your genetic mutations are linked to cancer

Editor's note: Charité Ricker is a cancer genetic counselor at the University of Southern California For 15 years I have counseled patients ...
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Why electrical brain stimulation to enhance memory or relieve depression may not work

[S]cientists and hobbyists alike look for ways to change the activity of neurons without cutting into the brain and implanting ...
Viewpoint: This flu season is a ‘wake-up call’—we need a universal flu vaccine

Viewpoint: This flu season is a ‘wake-up call’—we need a universal flu vaccine

Editor's note: Henry I. Miller, a physician, molecular biologist and former flu virus researcher, is the Robert Wesson fellow in scientific ...
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3-parent embryos: UK doctors identify two women to undergo breakthrough, controversial procedure

Doctors in Newcastle have been granted permission to create Britain’s first “three-person babies” for two women who are at risk ...
Is there a difference in the toxic effects of glyphosate versus herbicides like Roundup that include surfactants?

Is there a difference in the toxic effects of glyphosate versus herbicides like Roundup that include surfactants?

Glyphosate is rarely used on its own in the field. Herbicide formulations as a whole include a variety of other ...