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Slow motion waves of jumping genes in the human genome

Nature is full of parasites—organisms that flourish and proliferate at the expense of another species. Surprisingly, these same competing roles of …

Hey, Baby, Meet Peanuts: How And When To Safely Introduce The Food

Peanut allergies can be among a parent's biggest worries, though we've had good evidence for more than a year that when most babies are 6 months old or so, introducing foods that contain finely ground peanuts can actually reduce babies' chances of becoming allergic to the legumes. Even so, many …

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Moustaches Are Great, But Let's Cut To The Chase And Talk Prostate Cancer This November

It is that time of year again when you see men proudly growing moustaches, from the handlebar to the horseshoe. And while it is great that in 2015 …

USB stick diagnoses HIV in 30 minutes

A group of scientists have developed a home HIV testing kit that speeds up diagnosis and allows patients to monitor their own treatment.<p>The teams …

Why drinking beer could be good for your heart

Drinking a beer a day could benefit ‘good cholesterol’ in the body.<p>Moderate alcohol consumption, particularly of beer, was found to contribute to a …

Alcohol

Can worrying about your health make you ill?

People with health anxiety are more likely to develop heart disease, says a study – news that will only make them more stressed. Psychological therapy is the best treatment …<p>Most people are happy if their medical test results come back negative – but for at least 5% of us such news brings no …

How Your Genetic Sequence Can Be Exploited By The Supplement Industry

The alternative health industry is widely broadcasting that so-called dangerous genetic variation is lurking in the human population, causing a public health crisis that is ignored by the medical community.<p>This curious forewarning appears to have emerged out of an explosion of direct-to-consumer …

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Earth - A microbe no one has even seen could explain our origins

Between Greenland and Norway in the mid-Atlantic ocean, 7,546ft (2300m) below the surface, there is a black and smoky region where hot water spouts up from the sea bed. This strange place is called "Loki's castle" after the shape-shifting Norse God Loki: the one Tom Hiddleston played in <i>The Avengers</i>.<p>…

Biology

Some people are immune to Alzheimer's symptoms, scientists find

Some people are naturally immune to the symptoms of Alzheimer’s even when they have the full-blown disease, scientists have found.<p>Several "super-agers" in their 90s who showed no sign of mental decline or memory loss before their death were all found to have the signature plaques and tangles in …

Paralysed Woman 'Locked In' Her Body Can Communicate Again After Brain Implant

This is astonishing...<p>A brain implant has helped a woman with ‘locked-in’ syndrome to communicate again despite her severe paralysis.<p>In 2008, Hanneke …

Bizarre Two-Headed Sharks Showing Up in Many Parts of the World

A slew of rare two-headed sharks have been found from California to the Caribbean and from Mexico to the Mediterranean, leading scientists to ponder …

Fish

Sick Dogs Could Be Key to Unlocking Mysteries of Immunotherapy

People and dogs share some cancer-causing genetic mutations. Now the government is funding an effort to learn from that.<p>Novel cancer drugs that …

Immune System

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Coffee Can Break Your DNA!

Recent studies have found that habitual coffee drinking actually affects our DNA. But how exactly? Well, it's complicated.<p>Coffee is among the most …

Whenever you lie, your brain adjusts to make telling bigger whoppers easier, study finds

Telling small lies causes changes in the brain that lead people down a “slippery slope” towards increasingly large acts of dishonesty, according to a …

Psychology

Humans Would Not Exist if Viruses Hadn’t Intervened in Our Evolution

In one of the most memorable scenes from the 1999 blockbuster hit The Matrix, the antagonist, Agent Smith, a sentient computer program, interrogates …

Lab notes: from Alzheimer's to zoology we've got this week's best science covered

This week’s biggest stories<p>Spectacular news this week from Alzheimer’s researchers - a preliminary drug trial has shown that a new tablet ‘switches off’ production of toxic amyloid proteins. If it is also shown to slow mental decline, it could be first treatment licensed in a decade. Also a …

Alzheimer's Disease

Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.<p>Indian specialist Dr Himanshu Bansal, working with Biotech companies Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark Inc, has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who …

Japanese Scientists Have Used Skin Cells to Restore a Patient's Vision For The First Time

Amazing!<p>Japanese scientists have reported the first successful skin-to-eye stem cell transplant in humans, where stem cells derived from a patient's …

Stem Cells

Brain 'reads' sentences the same in English and Portuguese

An international research team led by Carnegie Mellon University has found that when the brain “reads” or decodes a sentence in English or …

We now know exactly how many DNA mutations smoking causes

Every 50 cigarettes you smoke gives you one extra DNA mutation per lung cell<p>A common tactic for people trying to give up smoking is to quantify exactly how much damage — financial or physical — each cigarette or pack of cigarette does. How much does smoking cost you per month, for example, or how …

10 Interesting facts about human brain you may not know

The human brain is the command center for the human nervous system. It receives input from the sensory organs and sends output to the muscles. The …

Gender

The Future of Getting High

Scientists are working on nonaddictive opiates, pills that sober you up, and pot designed to produce certain moods.<p>In 2014, I walked into a dispensary in Boulder and emerged with something truly surreal: a receipt. For weed. Two years earlier, Colorado had voted to legalize recreational …

Here's everything scientists know about how to avoid ageing

It’s rare that a long, technical paper in a biology journal turns out to be a page-turner. But it happens.<p>A team of researchers published a thorough …

Scientists Create Life That Reads a New Language in the Letters of DNA

Redefining what cells understand when they interpret the genetic code.<p>Marc Lajoie is working on a new type of genetically engineered life: organisms that read a new language of DNA. That is, they have the same letters in their DNA—A,C,G, and T—but they read and interpret them in a totally different …

How to Be Your Own Doctor

Just as personalized medicine and health-related testing seem poised to transform how we diagnose and treat certain diseases, many doctors think all that data gathering has gotten out of control. "Many tests don’t result in valuable information,” says Randall Stafford, professor of medicine at …

World's first baby born from new procedure using DNA of three people

Experts welcome news of successful mitochondrial transfer but caution against operating in countries beyond regulations<p>The world’s first baby to be born from a new procedure that combines the DNA of three people appears to be healthy, according to doctors in the US who oversaw the treatment.<p>The …

Regulation