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Mosquito spit might be a universal vaccine ‘Holy Grail’ – preventing everything from malaria to Zika

Her idea revolved around mosquito spit. Building on the work of colleagues and other scientists, [Jessica] Manning, a clinical researcher ...
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Century-old lung helps scientists trace measles back to now-eradicated cattle virus

For years, the lung sat in the basement of the Berlin Museum of Medical History along with hundreds of other ...
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Recreating evolution: Human gene triggers bigger brains in monkeys

Researchers in Germany and Japan introduced a human-specific gene to the fetuses of common marmosets, Callithrix jacchus. In turn, that ...
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Infographic: Deadly opioid overdoses are way more common than we think

Researchers looked at data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on about 630,000 people who died of drug ...
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DNA analysis of 5,000-year-old Irish remains reveals an incestuous elite social class

[Researchers found] an adult male buried at the 5,000-year-old Newgrange monument; his DNA revealed that his parents were first-degree relatives, ...
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Gene editing cures hereditary deafness in mice. Are humans next?

Two to three out of every 1,000 children born in the United States have a diminished level of hearing or ...
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Estrogen slows down adult bone growth, leading to generally taller men and shorter women

Human sexual size dimorphism, the difference in height between males and females, is often touted as a classic example of ...
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Population health vs personalized medicine? Coronavirus pandemic highlights the importance of multiple approaches

“If we are to advance health care in the United States, where is the dollar best spent? Is it spent ...
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30 years later in Romania: What happened to the babies deprived of human contact?

In 1990, the outside world discovered [Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceaușescu’s] network of “child gulags,” in which an estimated 170,000 abandoned ...
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Certain autism behaviors and seizures might have a common origins

Early behavioral signs predict seizures in autistic children, according to a new study. Previous work has shown that 5 to ...
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Injecting live bacteria into tumors? Synthetic biology revives a controversial century old cancer cure

Could the body, in fighting against a pathogen, also be battling a tumor? After injecting bacteria into a patient who ...
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Why space travel demands a well-stocked cosmic pharmacy

In space, no one can hear you sneeze. But if an astronaut does catch the flu, it can be a ...
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Bioprinting human ears inside living mice—all without a single surgical cut

Tissue engineering just got wilder and weirder. Using nothing but light and bioink, scientists were able to directly print a ...
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Viewpoint: Genetics research was supposed to change human health. Is it time to reconsider investments in the field?

Since its birth 30 years ago, proponents of the Human Genome Project have promised that genetics research would yield untold ...
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‘Vaccine hesitancy scale’: Parents are especially suspicious of flu shots, study finds

About 1 in 15 US parents (6.1%) is hesitant about routine childhood vaccines, and more than 1 in 4 (26%) ...
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Autism linked to eating disorders—but which comes first?

At least 20 percent of adults and 3 percent of children with eating disorders also have autism. But much of ...
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Platinum mesh device moves us closer to wearable or implantable artificial kidney

Kidneys clean our blood using nephrons, which are essentially filters that let fluid and waste products through while blocking blood ...
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Scanning the horizon for the next decade’s biotech breakthroughs, including tools to fight the next pandemic

In 2017 we published the results of a ‘horizon scan’ that looked at emerging issues in bioengineering (Wintle et al., ...
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Infographic: Decreasing metabolism inefficiency could tackle obesity at the source

Obesity affects millions worldwide and drives health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and many cancers. Now researchers from the ...
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CRISPR provides ‘functional cure’ for patients with beta thalassemia, sickle cell disease, preliminary study shows

Result of this ongoing trial, which is the first to use CRISPR to treat inherited genetic disorders, were announced [June ...
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Why do some people never get sick? How genes, habits and your surroundings can make or break immune health

“People get exposed to the same virus, the same dose, even the same source. One gets very sick, and the ...
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Exercise may benefit your brain more than any other part of your body

The Norwegian Directorate of Health recommends that people exercise at moderate intensity a total of 2.5 hours each week – ...
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How the COVID-19 pandemic has emboldened ‘armchair’ virologists

[W]hen the Olympics are being broadcast, I transform into an armchair commentator, catching a full-blown case of what I like ...
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Engineering transparent human cells brings us one step closer to a true ‘Invisible Man’

The project involves genetically engineering human cells to have the ability to vary their transparency. This is based on a ...
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Social and health complications in children linked to aging parents. Should age restrictions on fertility treatments be raised?

For nearly 40 years, fertility treatment has grown ever more advanced and so entrenched that it’s not uncommon for couples ...
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‘Bridge to transplant’: Mini human livers grown in rats spurs research that could alleviate transplant shortage

Using skin cells from human volunteers, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have created fully functional mini ...
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Another COVID-19 casualty: ‘Major delays’ for gene therapy trials for rare diseases

While the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic won’t have much of an impact on cash available for new biotech startups, it has ...
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People with PTSD may have trouble suppressing memories—good and bad

One question the researchers want to explore through the lens of the [November 13, 2015] Paris attacks is why some ...