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First human test for gene therapy targeting most common cause of blindness

Fergus Walsh | 
A woman from Oxford has become the first person in the world to have gene therapy to try to halt ...
1-30-2019 skinny

Are thin people just lucky to have ‘skinny’ genes?

Smitha Mundasad | 
Scientists say they have discovered the secret behind why some people are skinny while others pile on the pounds easily ...
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Genetically modified chickens lay cancer-treating eggs

Pallab Ghosh | 
Researchers have genetically modified chickens that can lay eggs that contain drugs for arthritis and some cancers. The drugs are ...
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Were humans superior to Neanderthals? Or just luckier?

Clive Finlayson | 
Prof Clive Finlayson, director of the Gibraltar Museum, explains why some old assumptions about the intellectual capabilities of our evolutionary ...

Can a simple breath test detect cancer?

Researchers want to find out if signals of different cancer types can be picked up in patterns of breath molecules ...

Why humans may not be to blame for ancient African mammal extinction

New research has disputed a longstanding view that early humans helped wipe out many of the large mammals that once ...

‘Baby bust’—Why fertility rates are plummeting around the world

James Gallagher | 
There has been a remarkable global decline in the number of children women are having, say researchers. Their report found ...

‘Moonshot for biology’: Inside the quest to sequence all life on earth

Victoria Gill | 
A mission to sequence the genome of every known animal, plant, fungus and protozoan - a group of single-celled organisms ...
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Some US towns were untouched by 1918 Spanish flu pandemic. The military wants to know why.

Richard Gray | 
[On 4 June 1919, the Spanish flu] had finally found its way to the remote native Inuit communities that dotted ...
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Golden eagle genome gives conservation effort a ‘blueprint for life’

Victoria Gill | 
British scientists have made a breakthrough that could help safeguard the future of one of the world's most admired birds ...

Scientists hunting Asian hornet—invasive ‘honey bee killer’ spotted in U.K.

Daniel Clark | 
An Asian hornet sighting has been confirmed in Cornwall, sparking a hunt for the honey bee killer's nesting sites. The ...
Witch Hunt for Alternative Practitioners

Choosing an alternative cancer therapy cuts survival chances, study shows

Alex Therrien | 
Cancer patients who use alternative therapies may be more likely to shun conventional treatments and risk their chances of survival, ...

New superbug? Little-known sexually transmitted disease creates worry

Michelle Roberts | 
A little known sexually transmitted infection could become the next superbug unless people become more vigilant, experts are warning. Mycoplasma ...

Gene therapy cures rat’s paralysis—could human beings be next?

James Gallagher | 
Scientists say they have taken a significant step towards the goal of giving paralysed people control of their hands again ...

The genetics behind malaria’s evolution into a deadly global killer

Victoria Gill | 
The secrets of how malaria became a human-killer have been revealed by a genetic study. The work, led by researchers ...
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Snail ‘memory transplant’ achieved through RNA transfer

Shivani Dave | 
Memory transfer has been at the heart of science fiction for decades, but it's becoming more like science fact. A ...
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Switzerland’s citizens to vote on complete ban of synthetic pesticides

Matt McGrath | 
Swiss citizens will get the chance to vote on a complete ban on the use of synthetic pesticides after campaigners ...
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Carnivorous waterwheel plant ten times faster than Venus flytrap

Mary Halton | 
Scientists have characterised the movement of the Venus flytrap's aquatic cousin in detail for the first time. The carnivorous Aldrovanda vesiculosa, ...
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If we can keep bodiless brains alive, do they deserve special protection?

Pallab Ghosh | 
Researchers at Yale University have restored circulation to the brains of decapitated pigs, and kept the organs alive for several ...
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Boosting production of key malaria drug with genetically engineered plant

Paul Rincon | 
Scientists have modified a plant's genetic sequence to make it produce high levels of a key malaria drug, potentially helping ...
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Hidden half of us: ‘You’re more microbe than you are human’

James Gallagher | 
More than half of your body is not human, say scientists. Human cells make up only 43% of the body's ...
Macular degeneration patients see hope in embryonic stem cell treatment

Macular degeneration patients see hope in embryonic stem cell treatment

James Gallagher | 
Doctors have taken a major step towards curing the most common form of blindness in the UK - age-related macular ...

Kenyan cave spears suggest human trade may have developed 100,000 years earlier than thought

Mary Halton | 
Humans may have developed advanced social behaviours and trade 100,000 years earlier than previously thought. This is according to a series of ...
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Abnormally large breasts in boys linked to ‘essential oils’ used in common shampoos, soaps and lotions

A suspected link between abnormal breast growth in young boys and the use of lavender and tea tree oils has ...

Obese millennials and cancer: Controversy over straight talk and ‘fat shaming’

Alex Therrien | 
When Cancer Research ... revealed that millennials are set to become the most overweight generation since records began, there was ...

Do antidepressants really work? This study says they do

Alex Therrien | 
Scientists say they have settled one of medicine's biggest debates after a huge study found that anti-depressants work. The study, ...

‘Like a mobile phone’: The genome sequencer that fits in your pocket

James Gallagher | 
Scientists have used a device that fits in the palm of the hand to sequence the human genome. They say ...
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Stop blaming rats for the Black Death—humans may have spread the plague

Victoria Gill | 
Rats were not to blame for the spread of plague during the Black Death, according to a study. The rodents and ...
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