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Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

Immune System

Ancient Virus May Cause Crippling Disease ALS, Study Finds

A virus sleeping deep in our DNA for millions of years may be coming back to life in a form of ALS, killing nerve cells and causing their fatal symptoms, government scientists reported Thursday.<p>And the discovery just might lead to a treatment for ALS, an incurable disease that affects between …

Researchers Make Artificial Cells That Can Replicate Themselves

To better understand how life might have started on Earth<p>Scientists have a pretty good theory for how life on Earth began: Meteorites that bombarded our planet brought simple carbon-based compounds called amino acids. Eventually, slowly, these chemicals combined to make cells, which were then able …

Scientists create virtual human using slices of dead woman’s body

The Visible Human Project scientists use cadavers to create detailed digital reconstructions of the human body<p>It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood sci-fi movie, scientists using slices of dead humans to create virtual copies.<p>But US researchers have done exactly that and created the world’s most …

Sleepless Fruit Flies Could Hold The Secret To Curing Insomnia

Research on fruit flies with insomnia is revealing the pathways in the brain that can cause people to have trouble sleeping. <i>This story originally aired on Sept. 18 on</i> Morning Edition.<p>Transcript<p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:<p>Insomnia is not just a problem for people, it also affects animals, even insects. …

Physicists discover ring of exotic 'exceptional points' - Futurity

Physicists have long known about the existence of "exceptional points" where two physical states coalesce. Now they've discovered a continuous ring …

60,000 Antelope Died in Four Days and No One Knows Why

It started in late May. When geoecologist Steffen Zuther and his colleagues arrived in central Kazakhstan to monitor the calving of one herd of saigas, a critically endangered, steppe-dwelling antelope, veterinarians in the area had already reported dead animals on the ground.<p>"But since there …

Wildlife