Future of heart medicine: Stem cells to grow cardiac muscle and smaller medical implants

Future of heart medicine: Stem cells to grow cardiac muscle and smaller medical implants

If heart transplantation - 50 years after Christiaan Barnard carried out the first operation - has become routine, what exactly ...
'To lose them would be a disaster': More than 20 wild relatives of modern crops added to 'threatened' list

‘To lose them would be a disaster’: More than 20 wild relatives of modern crops added to ‘threatened’ list

Wild relatives of modern crops deemed crucial for food security are being pushed to the brink of extinction, according to ...
Should we 'genetically modify' humans to fit the demands of space travel?

Should we ‘genetically modify’ humans to fit the demands of space travel?

It takes something special to be an astronaut – an extraordinary combination of bravery, fitness, intelligence, lightning-fast decision-making and calmness ...
Stalemate continues: EU fails to agree on glyphosate herbicide renewal as deadline looms

Stalemate continues: EU fails to agree on glyphosate herbicide renewal as deadline looms

An EU vote has failed to resolve a controversy over the use of glyphosate, the world's biggest-selling weedkiller. ... The ...
Polygamy and genetics: Short Creek, Utah’s inbreeding mutation epidemic

Polygamy and genetics: Short Creek, Utah’s inbreeding mutation epidemic

[In 1990], 10-year-old boy was presented to Theodore Tarby, a doctor specialising in rare childhood diseases. ... [S]oon Tarby had diagnosed a ...
Trace amounts of neonicotinoid pesticides found in 75% of honey samples worldwide—'far below' levels dangerous to humans

Trace amounts of neonicotinoid pesticides found in 75% of honey samples worldwide—’far below’ levels dangerous to humans

A new study has found traces of neonicotinoid chemicals in 75% of honey samples from across the world. The scientists ...
Here's what we do and don't know about pornography and violence

Here’s what we do and don’t know about pornography and violence

Porn has transformed over the past few decades, due to the availability of the internet and faster web connections. […] ...
Marriage changes everything--including your personality

Marriage changes everything–including your personality

[R]esearch suggests the experience of committing to and settling down with another person really does change our personalities for better ...
Skin transplant between twins treats aggressive cancer

Skin transplant between twins treats aggressive cancer

Marian Fields had an aggressive and very rare form of skin cancer, which left her with large, open wounds around ...
Polygamy and disease: Intermarrying Mormon town faces genetic disaster

Polygamy and disease: Intermarrying Mormon town faces genetic disaster

Brigham Young, who led the [Mormons] back in the mid-19th Century, was a passionate believer in [polygamy]. By the time he died, his ...
All thumbs or all toes? Man surgically has his pollex replaced by his big toe

All thumbs or all toes? Man surgically has his pollex replaced by his big toe

Zac Mitchell, 20, was injured in April while working on a remote farming property in Western Australia. "A bull kicked ...
Can a virus be 'trained' to fight ovarian cancer?

Can a virus be ‘trained’ to fight ovarian cancer?

A Cardiff scientist is to explore whether viruses can be "trained" to tackle ovarian cancer after being given a £250,000 ...
Secret to a longer, healthier life: Eating less?

Secret to a longer, healthier life: Eating less?

Researchers worldwide are pursuing various ideas [to enhance the length and quality of our lives], but for Julie Mattison from ...
Social media, pornography or work: What's to blame for our decrease in sex?

Social media, pornography or work: What’s to blame for our decrease in sex?

We live in one of the most sexually liberated times of human history. Access to new technologies over the past ...
Do we know enough about genetics for personalized DNA tests to improve our health, fitness?

Do we know enough about genetics for personalized DNA tests to improve our health, fitness?

The latest health and fitness trend involves taking a DNA test to find out more about how our bodies respond ...
Does 'G' mark the spot? Science struggles to explain the female orgasm

Does ‘G’ mark the spot? Science struggles to explain the female orgasm

Why are orgasms so intensely pleasurable? How come women can experience multiple orgasms? And does the fabled G-spot even exist? ...
Neonicotinoid insecticide may reduce wild bumblebee queens' egg development, lab study finds

Neonicotinoid insecticide may reduce wild bumblebee queens’ egg development, lab study finds

Use of a common pesticide in spring could have an impact on wild bumblebees by interfering with their life cycle, ...
Read the tea leaves: Decoded plant genome unlocks flavor secrets for future breeding

Read the tea leaves: Decoded plant genome unlocks flavor secrets for future breeding

A team in China has decoded the genetic building blocks of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis, whose leaves are used ...
Dow, DuPont merger clears hurdle with approval by European Union

Dow, DuPont merger clears hurdle with approval by European Union

The European Commission has given the go-ahead to the merger of US chemical giants Dow Chemical and DuPont. The deal ...
Royal disagreement: UK's Princess Anne contradicts brother Charles, says 'we have to accept' GM crops

Royal disagreement: UK’s Princess Anne contradicts brother Charles, says ‘we have to accept’ GM crops

Princess Anne has said genetically-modified crops have important benefits for providing food and she would be open to growing them ...
Secrets to male infertility may lie in how sperm propel themselves to reach female egg

Secrets to male infertility may lie in how sperm propel themselves to reach female egg

Researchers from the UK and Japan found that the head and tail movements of sperm made patterns similar to the ...
Life on Earth's roof: Ancient interspecies mating with Denisovans helps Tibetans thrive at high altitudes

Life on Earth’s roof: Ancient interspecies mating with Denisovans helps Tibetans thrive at high altitudes

[A]fter looking more closely at the EPAS1 gene from the Tibetan genomes, [Rasmus Nielsen from University of California in Berkeley] ...
Sickle cell gene therapy offers hope to afflicted families in Africa, where proper care is sparse

Sickle cell gene therapy offers hope to afflicted families in Africa, where proper care is sparse

[Editor's note: This article is an interview with Sia Evelyn Nyandemo who runs a campaign group to support sickle cell ...
Producing 'super foods': Unlocking quinoa genome opens door to new breeding techniques

Producing ‘super foods’: Unlocking quinoa genome opens door to new breeding techniques

Scientists have successfully decoded the genome of quinoa, one of the world's most nutritious but underutilised crops. ... [P]rices for ...
Podcast: British scientist defends field trials of high-yield GMO wheat

Podcast: British scientist defends field trials of high-yield GMO wheat

[Editor's note: Listen to the full interview here.] Genetically modified crops may be in regular use by farmers in the United ...
Earliest known ancestor of humans: 540-million-year-old fossil unearthed

Earliest known ancestor of humans: 540-million-year-old fossil unearthed

Researchers have discovered the earliest known ancestor of humans - along with a vast range of other species. They say ...
'Super yield' GMO wheat gets green light for field trials in UK over critics' objections

‘Super yield’ GMO wheat gets green light for field trials in UK over critics’ objections

The GM wheat has been engineered to use sunlight more efficiently and has boosted greenhouse yields by up to 40%. Researchers ...
Human-pig embryos could offer more for us than their organs

Human-pig embryos could offer more for us than their organs

Embryos that are less than 0.001% human - and the rest pig - have been made and analysed by scientists ...