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Rare flu strains could be key to super-vaccine

Rarer forms of flu may be the key to producing a vaccine giving protection against many different strains, scientists believe. Research suggests that immunisation against bird flu strains that do not usually threaten humans may provide the nearest thing yet to a universal flu vaccine.<p>Exposure to an …

Abrasive Organic Herbicide Method Blasts Weeds To Death

The herbicide uses some ingredients that sound like they could have come from a gritty face wash.<p>One U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher is experimenting with a sandblasting-style method of killing weeds that could be certified organic, Minneapolis' Star Tribune reports. Agronomist Frank …

A Non-Allergic Peanut Becomes Closer To Reality

By Ros Krasny<p>WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A new method for removing allergens from peanuts means help could soon be on the way for the roughly 2.8 million Americans with a potentially life-threatening allergy to the popular food, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday.<p>In a blog post, the …

Multi-tasking nanoparticle both seeks and destroys cancerous cells

Nanoparticles hold great potential as a way of both detecting cancer cells and delivering the drugs to treat them. One hurdle that has proven …

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