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Like almost everything with COVID, the scientific debate over the virus’s origins has become politically toxic

Like almost everything with COVID, the scientific debate over the virus’s origins has become politically toxic

Victoria Gill | 
Scientists often disagree with each other - that is part of the scientific process... But the "lab leak v natural spillover" ...
Dogs and cats can contract and transmit COVID

Dogs and cats can contract and transmit COVID

Jim Reed | 
Covid is common in pet cats and dogs whose owners have the disease, research suggests. Swabs were taken from 310 ...
Frustrated by flavorless fruits and vegetables? Genetic engineering is poised to change that

Frustrated by flavorless fruits and vegetables? Genetic engineering is poised to change that

Emma Woollacott | 
You might be surprised that flavour ever went out of fashion. But finding truly tasty fruit and vegetable varieties can ...
Infographic: How contagious are the various COVID variants compared with other diseases?

Infographic: How contagious are the various COVID variants compared with other diseases?

James Gallagher | 
The cleanest way of comparing the pure biological spreading power of viruses is to look at their R0 (pronounced R-naught) ...
India and Pakistan face a deluge of COVID patients struggling with mysterious black fungus infections. What’s its origin? Are other countries threatened?

India and Pakistan face a deluge of COVID patients struggling with mysterious black fungus infections. What’s its origin? Are other countries threatened?

Shruti Menon | 
About 12,000 cases of a condition known as "black fungus" have been reported in India, mostly in patients recovering from ...
Florida Atlantic salmon? Recirculating aquaculture systems without antibodies or vaccinations poised to spur boom in in-land fish farming

Florida Atlantic salmon? Recirculating aquaculture systems without antibodies or vaccinations poised to spur boom in in-land fish farming

Dan Gibson | 
In a series of indoor tanks 40 miles south west of Miami, Florida, five million fish are swimming in circles ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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‘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 ...
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‘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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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