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Stop blaming rats for the Black Death—humans may have spread the plague

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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Breast cancer and BRCA: Mutation doesn’t affect patient survival rate

Young breast cancer patients with faulty BRCA genes have the same survival chances as those without, a study has found ...
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Extending human life: What are the age limits?

How long do you want to live - to 85, 90, 100 or beyond? More important than how long we ...
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Hemophilia A gene therapy trial results: ‘This is huge’

British doctors say they have achieved "mind-blowing" results in an attempt to rid people of haemophilia A. Patients are born ...
AncestryDNA faces criticism for retaining customer's DNA data

AncestryDNA faces criticism for retaining customer’s DNA data

Privacy campaigners have criticised genealogy company Ancestry.com for continuing to keep customers' DNA data. The move comes despite the firm ...
Beta-thalassemia blood disorder removed from human embryo with gene editing

Beta-thalassemia blood disorder removed from human embryo with gene editing

Precise "chemical surgery" has been performed on human embryos to remove disease in a world first, Chinese researchers have told ...
Oxitec to produce one billion Zika-fighting mosquito eggs each week

Oxitec to produce one billion Zika-fighting mosquito eggs each week

Plans to produce one billion mosquito eggs in the UK every week have been announced by a company working to ...
Do black athletes face a higher risk of a heart attack while playing sports?

Do black athletes face a higher risk of a heart attack while playing sports?

The recent death of Ivorian footballer Cheick Tiote on the pitch brought an outpouring of sadness in the world of ...
Origin of flight: Fossils of feathered dinosaurs reveal bird evolution

Origin of flight: Fossils of feathered dinosaurs reveal bird evolution

A dinosaur that lived 160 million years ago had drumstick-shaped legs much like living birds, according to paleontologists. ... "In ...
Yoshinori Ohsumi wins 2016 Nobel Prize for his work in “self eating” cells

Yoshinori Ohsumi wins 2016 Nobel Prize for his work in “self eating” cells

The 2016 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine goes to Yoshinori Ohsumi of Japan for discoveries about the secrets of ...
Future without women? 'Pseudo-embryos' could one day replace eggs in baby making process

Future without women? ‘Pseudo-embryos’ could one day replace eggs in baby making process

Scientists say early experiments suggest it may one day be possible to make babies without using eggs. They have succeeded ...
Mitochondrial DNA reveals what Iceman Oetzi wore 5,300 years ago

Mitochondrial DNA reveals what Iceman Oetzi wore 5,300 years ago

DNA analysis of Oetzi the Iceman's clothes has traced their origin to at least five different species of animal. Among ...
Are gene banks doing enough to conserve genetic diversity of our food crops' wild relatives?

Are gene banks doing enough to conserve genetic diversity of our food crops’ wild relatives?

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. More needs to be ...

Lab-grown skin grows hair, mimics natural skin

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Scientists in Japan have ...
Northern Ireland bans cultivation of GMOs

Northern Ireland bans cultivation of GMOs

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Northern Ireland's environment minister has ...

GM trees that prevent pest disease tied up in regulation, anti-GMO attacks

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion, and analysis. U.S. researchers say it ...

BBC debate: Is GMO opposition grounded in science?

Should we embrace technology that could help feed the world, or are concerns about the impact of global agribusiness and ...
Researchers across Europe 'appalled' at scrapping of EU science advisory, caving to anti-science Greens

Researchers across Europe ‘appalled’ at scrapping of EU science advisory, caving to anti-science Greens

Despite strong support from scientific bodies, Prof Anne Glover's mandate expired at the end of the Barroso presidency - and ...

African leaders call for efforts to increase agricultural productivity, including biotech

African ministers and business leaders have gathered in Ethiopia to consider ways to trigger a green revolution and improve the ...

Genes reveal biological processes underlying schizophrenia

Scientists found more than 100 genes that make people more susceptible to schizophrenia- 83 of which have never been pinpointed ...

Friends have (slightly) similar genomes

A study from a controversial pair of US researchers claims that we are more genetically similar to our friends than ...
'Buttressed against punches': Did human face evolve to protect against fights?

‘Buttressed against punches’: Did human face evolve to protect against fights?

Fossil records show that the australopiths, immediate predecessors of the human genus Homo, had strikingly robust facial structures. For many ...

Meet the coolest new species discovered in 2014

A top 10 list of species discovered in the last 12 months is topped by the olinguito (Bassaricyon neblina), a ...

UK Scientists call for new GM crop trials

A new report on genetically modified (GM) crops, commissioned by the prime minister, calls for more UK field trials and ...

Health data boom heralds new era of personalized medicine

We are moving from a world where we treat illnesses to one where we predict and prevent them, advised by ...
Acid bath stem cell method scientist retracts study

Acid bath stem cell method scientist retracts study

The researchers behind the acid bath stem cell method that caused a stir in January have asked to retract the ...

Developing a test to predict prostrate cancer risk

DNA testing can predict which men face the highest risk of deadly prostate cancer, scientists say. The team at the ...

Longleat Safari Park lions destroyed because of genetic defects

Five lions were destroyed at Longleat Safari Park because they had serious genetic defects caused by inbreeding, managers said. In ...