Anya Filatova

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Scientists Have Created 'DNA Scissors' That Can Alter Your Genes, but Should They Use Them?

Biotechnology that can rewrite the genome heralds "a new era of human biology" and raises ethical questions for the medical community, experts in …

Researchers assemble comprehensive map of human epigenome

Virtually every cell in the body carries an identical genome. But how is it possible that each of the body's 200 different types of specialized cells …

Fighting rages despite bid to revive Ukraine truce after government defeat

ARTEMIVSK/VUHLEHIRSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Fighting raged in eastern Ukraine on Thursday despite European efforts to resurrect a stillborn ceasefire, a day after pro-Russian separatists spurned the truce by forcing thousands of government troops out of a strategic town.<p>Western nations are refusing …

It was a mistake to gamble a ceasefire for Ukraine on Vladimir Putin's word of honour

Telegraph view: The weakening of the Minsk Two peace deal shows that the West must be prepared for any crisis<p>Last week, we warned that <b>“Minsk Two offers hope but not peace”</b>. The deal thrashed out to bring an end to the Ukrainian civil war was certainly naive. Its origins lay with those European …

Russia

Scientists Map the Epigenome, Our Second Genetic Code

For the first time, scientists have mapped out the molecular "switches" that can turn on or silence individual genes in the DNA in more than 100 types of human cells, an accomplishment that reveals the complexity of genetic information and the challenges of interpreting it.<p>Researchers unveiled the …

Genetics

Scenes From Eastern Ukraine Show Cease-Fire in Shreds

Pro-Russian rebels fire artillery grad rockets towards Debaltseve on Feb. 18, 2015, near Vuglegirsk.<br>Pierre Crom—Getty Images<p>1 of 8<p>Ukrainian troops …

“We think we can do better than plants”: New “bionic leaf” makes fuel from sunlight

Scientists have developed a revolutionary new system to harness our planet’s greatest energy source<p>Here's a new way to make fuel from sunlight: starve a microbe nearly to death, then feed it carbon dioxide and hydrogen produced with the help of voltage from a solar panel. A newly developed …

Ukraine crisis: Civilians die as fighting rages in east

<b>Up to 16 civilians have been killed and dozens more injured in the space of 24 hours in fighting in eastern Ukraine, as the UN warns that the fresh surge in violence is proving "catastrophic".</b><p>Government and rebel representatives reported the latest deaths in locations across the Donetsk and Luhansk …

How complex environments push brain evolution

Neuroscientists created a Tetris-like game in which programmed artificial adaptive agents (“animats”) (green) have to “catch” moving blocks (black) …

Ukraine fighting intensifies after talks fail to reach truce accord

Fighting intensified in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, one day after representatives of the government and pro-Russia separatists failed to reach a truce at a meeting brokered by Russian and international mediators.<p>Twenty fighters died and dozens were wounded in the latest combat, according to …

White House unveils $215 million plan to develop patient-specific medical treatments

Treatments tailored to a patient's genes<p>The White House unveiled a "Precision Medicine Initiative" today — a $215 million investment that will go toward building a database containing genetic information and medical records belonging to millions of Americans, reports <i>Science</i><i>.</i> The investment, one …

How Russia outfoxes its enemies

<b>Russia's annexation of Crimea last year caught almost everyone off guard. The Russian military disguised its actions, and denied them - but those "little green men" who popped up in the Black Sea peninsula were a textbook case of the Russian practice of military deception - or maskirovka.</b><p>At a cadet …

Blast Force

The Invisible<br>War on the Brain<p>Brain trauma from blast force is the signature injury of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, afflicting hundreds of thousands of U.S. combat personnel. Although unseen, the damage strikes deeply into a soldier’s mind and psyche.<p>Marine Cpl. Burness Britt waits to be …

Gene linked to long life also protects against mental decline in old age

People who carry a mutated gene linked to longer lifespan have extra tissue in part of the brain that seems to protect them against mental decline in old age.<p>The finding has shed light on a biological pathway that researchers now hope to turn into a therapy that slows the progression of Alzheimer’s …

The Brain

Brain Stimulation Induces Feelings Of Extreme Thirst In Mice

By directing pulses of light onto specific regions of the brain, researchers from Columbia University Medical Center induced feelings of extreme …

The 30,000 futures of the brain

<i>How will we crack the brain?</i><p>If you would like see things straight out of a science fiction movie, you should visit a neuroscience laboratory. …

The Brain

Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine

MOSCOW (AP) — A defiant President Vladimir Putin on Monday called the Ukrainian army a "NATO foreign legion," reflecting his readiness to stand up to …

Russian official warns sanctions of "brink of war"

Russia’s elites have been feeling the bite of US sanctions coupled the the near halving of the price per barrel of oil. As the West starts to look at …

Russian film awards snub Oscar nominee Leviathan for best picture

The Golden Eagle awards, Russia’s equivalent of the Oscars, have snubbed Leviathan by not awarding it the best picture prize.<p>Leviathan, a bleakly mordant drama about a man battling local bureaucracy, is nominated for the best foreign film Oscar, and is a favourite after having won the same category …

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Why war has exploded again in Ukraine

DONETSK, Ukraine — The relative quiet of December in eastern Ukraine has been erased by an explosion of deadly violence in past weeks, marking a …

Russia

Obama On Russia: No Military Option

President Obama made an official state visit to India this weekend and while there he spoke to reporters about the current situation in the Ukraine …

If Mariupol Falls to Rebels, Is Kiev Next?

If the port city falls to Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine, the road to Russia’s dream of empire opens as well.<p>MOSCOW—The war in eastern …

Russia warns West not to blackmail it over Ukraine | Reuters

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia blamed Kiev on Monday for a surge in fighting in Ukraine and warned the West that any attempt to increase economic pressure on Moscow would be “absolutely destructive” blackmail.<p>A man walks past a burnt-out vehicle after a shelling by pro-Russian rebels of a residential …

Ukraine president: phone calls prove rebels attacked Mariupol

Petro Poroshenko says intercepted radio conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for attack that killed 30<p>Ukraine's president said on Sunday that intercepted radio and telephone conversations prove that Russia-backed separatists were responsible for firing the rockets …

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How to Be Successful: 6 New Shortcuts Backed by Research

We all want success. And we’d like it fast. But we can only work so long and so hard. The more-more-more ethos only goes so far. What to do?<p>I decided …

This Diet Has Been Linked to a Longer Life—Again

It’s no coincidence that some of the world’s populations with the longest lifespans live along the Mediterranean coast. The climate there ensures …