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Experimental cancer blood test shows promise, but also hits some snags

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A blood test has detected cancer in individuals who had no history or symptoms of cancer. A trial of the ...
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Infographic: 3 factors affecting how viruses jump from animals to humans

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Raina Plowright of Montana State University is working with infectious disease experts, ecologists, and a range of other scientists to ...
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Injecting tumors with a flu shot ignites cancer-killing immune response in mice

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Nearly 5,000 years ago, Egyptian physician Imhotep observed a grotesque but revealing detail about tumors: some grew so large that ...
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Plants communicate to fight off pests. Their ‘conversations’ might help us safeguard our food crops

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When a beetle larva bites into the leaf of a goldenrod plant .... [t]he bite damages the goldenrod .... causing ...
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Losing sense of taste and smell could be ‘early warning sign’ of coronavirus infection

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Nearly two weeks ago, Alessandro Laurenzi, a biologist working as a consultant in Bologna, Italy, was mowing the grass in his ...

Infographic: How the coronavirus appears ‘seemingly out of nowhere’

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When Emma Hodcroft read that, seemingly out of nowhere, a rash of cases of the novel coronavirus had popped up in Britain ...

Infographic: Tracking the global spread of the coronavirus through its genetic signature

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Several years ago, Richard Neher, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, and his colleagues wanted to ...
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Children from extramarital affairs not as common as we think, study shows

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That old joke about the milkman fathering many of a town’s children—it’s far from true, a new study reaffirms. Researchers ...

Rethinking what causes Parkinson’s: Studies suggest we may be looking in the wrong place

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During her time as a postdoc at the University of Basel in Switzerland, Sarah Shahmoradian decided to study the abnormal aggregates of ...
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Researchers may get better access to marijuana if DEA follows through on latest pledge

The Scientist | 
[August 26], the Drug Enforcement Administration announced plans to create new regulations to expand scientific and medical research on marijuana ...

Exercise creates a ‘unique microbiome’ in our guts. We don’t know why.

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Teaming up with microbiologists and toxicologists from Rutgers and a pathologist from Oklahoma City, [researcher Sara] Campbell designed an experiment ...
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Chasing links between mental illness and microbes living in our guts

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“If you would have asked a neuroscientist 10 years ago whether they thought the gut microbiota could be linked to ...
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Are we fighting diseases wrong? Researcher suggests a better approach is building tolerance to infection

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[Researcher Janelle] Ayres was running the experiment to determine what causes genetically identical mice to respond differently to the same ...

Can the flu cause Parkinson’s and other brain disorders?

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One of the earliest links between influenza and neural dysfunction was a correlation between the 1918 Spanish flu, caused by ...

China is growing crops on the moon in preparation for its proposed lunar base

The Scientist | 
There’s cotton growing on the far side of the moon—the first time plants have sprouted there. On January 3, a ...

Exercise as a treatment for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s?

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Researchers have long recognized that exercise sharpens certain cognitive skills. Indeed, [researcher Hiroshi] Maejima and his colleagues have found that ...

Life-forming water droplets could have jump-started early evolution

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Reactions in tiny droplets of water may have given rise to some of the molecules essential for the origin of ...
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