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Why COVID-19 won’t be our last pandemic: We’ve created a ‘perfect storm’ for wildlife disease spillover

[Researchers] have now developed a pattern-recognition system to predict which wildlife diseases pose most risk to humans. [Editor's note: Health ...
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‘Paradigm-changing’: Artificial nerve cells could lead to treatments for Alzheimer’s, other brain disorders

Scientists have made artificial nerve cells, paving the way for new ways to repair the human body. The tiny "brain ...
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‘Virus really has no chance’: Protein-suppressing treatment could stop common cold in its tracks

A team at Stanford University and the University of California, San Francisco, found one of the components which the viruses ...
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‘Testes in overdrive’: Male efforts to improve attractiveness can damage ability to have children

Scientists have uncovered an evolutionary paradox where men damage their ability to have children during efforts to make themselves look ...
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Dream quest: Why you can’t remember your dreams—and how you can change that

For many of us, dreams are an almost intangible presence. If we’re lucky, we can only remember the most fleeting ...
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Stonehenge mystery solved! DNA analysis tells us where builders came from

The ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean before reaching Britain, a study has shown ...
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Taking cancers apart ‘piece-by-piece’ in search for vulnerabilities that could be attacked with precision medicine

Scientists have taken cancer apart piece-by-piece to reveal its weaknesses, and come up with new ideas for treatment. A team ...
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Birth control pill for men: Why is it taking so long?

A birth control pill for men has passed initial human safety tests, experts at a leading medical conference have heard ...
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Do our brains hamper our response to climate change’s growing threat?

In early phases of human existence we faced an onslaught of daily challenges to our survival and ability to reproduce ...
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Why setting testosterone levels for female athletes risks setting ‘far reaching’ ‘unscientific precedent’

New rules to reduce naturally high testosterone levels in female athletes have been branded "unscientific". [In 2018], athletics chiefs ruled ...
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First human test for gene therapy targeting most common cause of blindness

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?

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

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?

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

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

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.

[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’

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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Choosing an alternative cancer therapy cuts survival chances, study shows

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

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?

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

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

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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If we can keep bodiless brains alive, do they deserve special protection?

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

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’

More than half of your body is not human, say scientists. Human cells make up only 43% of the body's ...