Can our body’s immune system become cancer-fighting machine?

Monash University researchers have discovered the way in which a common blood cancer thrives by concealing itself from the body’s ...
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Legos and Mark Ruffalo explain promises and perils of synthetic biology

Synthetic biology is proving to be one of the most promising areas of science. So far, it's given us a source of ...

Artificial blood vessels synthesized to resist clotting

Researchers from ITMO University in Russia say they have developed artificial blood vessels that reportedly are not susceptible to blood ...

Planned Parenthood offers mobile app for at-home STD test

Planned Parenthood won't allow their mission to fall behind. Knowing the future of their success in keeping men and women ...

Should doctors have authority to decide gender of intersex babies?

Roughly one in every 2,000 babies in the U.S. are born with a range of traits that fall somewhere along the ...

Why haven’t bioethicists come to aid of Freddie Gray?

When the news of Freddie Gray’s death became public, I was greeted by a surprising but familiar bioethical silence. Surprising ...

CDC requests funding from Congress to fight antibiotic resistance

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning that illnesses and deaths from antibiotic resistance will rise in the U.S. unless ...
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Human brain: ‘Squishy machine with chemical gears and switches’

The fields of behavioral and psychiatric genetics – which try to parse out how our genes affect what we do ...

Celebrity GMO critic Food Babe pitches products with ingredient she demonizes

While “Food Babe” Vani Hari’s pseudoscience has been widely debunked by qualified doctors and scientists, a more sobering fact seems ...

GMOs are a touchy subject at the dinner table. Is thoughtful debate possible?

The subject of GMOs can whip pleasant dinner conversation into an ugly froth. It’s a complicated issue, produced with complicated science. Worse, many ...

Micro device gives doctors peek into brain tissue during surgery

A dipstick inserted into the brain can check its energy levels, just like checking oil levels in a car. The ...

East meets west: How biotechnology accelerates shrinking of global economic divide

If current economic growth trends persist, the “great divergence” between Western Europe and East and South Asia in per capita ...
Health Wellness

Health not all about genetics: More focus on lifestyle needed

Much of the current research on treating disease and staying healthy has focused on our genetic makeup – from the ...

Mutations that cause infertility detected through new genotyping strategy

Cornell researchers have developed an experimental strategy to identify infertility-causing mutations found in human populations. These mutations are known as single nucleotide ...

Mitochondrial dysfunction may play role in heart failure

While all cells in the body rely on metabolic pathways that take place within the mitochondria, the cells of some ...
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Sci-Fi suspended animation: Not the same as cryonics but might save your life

Surgical research into hypothermia, long fodder for sci-fi movies, may yet reach the point of finding ways to preserve people ...
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Golden rice paper retracted over ethical concerns, not quality of science

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article from the Retraction Watch website: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition is retracting a paper that ...
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Boston Globe Editorial: GMO state labeling bills misguided, exaggerates illogical fears of food and Big Ag

Congress created mandatory nationwide food labels, and it is Congress that has a responsibility to ensure they don't stray from ...

Are too many newborns receiving costly, unnecessary intensive care?

More and more newborns are going to the neonatal intensive care unit. Between 2007 and 2012, NICU admission rates in ...

Office air-conditioning overuse promotes global warming…and sex discrimination?

It happens every summer: Offices turn on the air-conditioning, and women freeze into Popsicles. Finally, scientists (two men, for the ...
autism awareness

What accounts for autism’s steady rise?

Autism diagnosis has skyrocketed over the last several decades. In 1985, one in 2500 children were considered to be autistic; ...
3 ways GMO rice could improve world but tech hurdles and anti-GMO protests block way

3 ways GMO rice could improve world but tech hurdles and anti-GMO protests block way

New GMO varieties of rice could improve nutrition, cut potentially dangerous arsenic levels and help combat climate change, but activist ...
genomex

While UK embraces life-saving germline editing, US mired in debate as promising life-saving cases go untreated

Thousands of women with mitochondria disease have no hope of having children without genetic editing or assisted reproduction techniques. Critics ...
Imperfect or leaky vaccines

Are imperfect, ‘leaky’ vaccines resulting in emergence of nastier viruses?

Some in medicine argue that 'imperfect' vaccines that do not eliminate all viruses from the host may lead to the ...
dna

Some geneticists worry ‘gene drive’ tech could create bio-weapon or environmental disaster

A powerful new technique for generating “supercharged” genetically modified organisms that can spread rapidly in the wild has caused alarm ...

What’s the brave new world of big data genomics?

The Human Genome Project (HGP), the first endeavor and practice of genomics in its real sense, will further demonstrate its ...
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