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How should we deal with vaccine hesitancy, refusal, and antivaccine beliefs [Respectful Insolence]

As hard as it might be to believe, almost as long as there have been vaccinations, there has been an antivaccine movement, and as long as there has …

Multivitamins Are a Waste of Money, Doctors Say

People should stop wasting their money on dietary supplements, some physicians said today, in response to three large new studies that showed most …

Malaria-proof mosquito? Tool promising but needs more study

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A powerful new technology holds the promise of rapidly altering genes to make malaria-proof mosquitoes, eliminate their Zika-carrying cousins or wipe out an invasive species, but a report Wednesday says these "gene drives" aren't ready to let loose in the wild just yet.<p>Advisers …

Scientists confirm DNA holds a second layer of information

Everything that makes you <i>you</i> is in your DNA, but a long-time hypothesis suggests that you're not just a product of the genetic code itself, but also …

Chile Is Producing So Much Solar Power, It's Giving It Away For Free

I would like some solar, please.<p>Market forces often produce strange quirks in the economic system, like the one we're seeing in Chile this year: the …

Antibiotic resistant bacteria found in a Manitoba First Nation's water

The presence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in a Manitoba First Nation's drinking water is a concerning trend, a microbiologist says.<p>"Based on what …

Zika exacerbated by 'massive policy failure,' says WHO chief

The head of the UN's public health body has blamed inadequate mosquito control policy for the proliferation of the virus. Europe is at risk of a Zika …

Chinese medicine plant secrets probed

<b>Scientists have unravelled one of the secrets of a plant used in traditional Chinese medicine.</b><p>The Chinese skullcap - known as Huang-Qin - is traditionally used for fever, liver and lung problems.<p>Scientists have discovered that the plant uses a special pathway to make chemicals with potential …

Blood-brain barrier breakthrough reported by researchers

The blood-brain barrier has stymied direct treatment of brain disorders. In a recently published study, a researcher reports finding a way to pass …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

NTU researchers make breakthrough to tackle growing concern of antibiotic resistance

Skin grown with follicles, glands and nerves could transform burns treatment and offer alternative to animal testing<p>Bioengineered skin complete with functioning hair follicles, glands and nerves has been grown using a new technique that could transform burns treatment and end cosmetics testing on …

Breakthroughs

New Understanding and Hope for Children on the Autism Spectrum: Based in Brain and Movement Sciences

<b>Part 1: Three Things You Can Do to Help Your Child with ASD</b><p>A new government survey of parents (November 2015) suggests that 1 in 45 children, ages 3 through 17, have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The official government estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and …

Scientists Have Made a Huge Leap in the Fight Against Zika

A team of scientists led by Purdue University unveiled the structure of the Zika virus for the first time ever, a major step towards creating …

Living cells ‘hacked’ and hijacked by MIT

Scientists at MIT have proven they can ‘hack’ living cells and programme them to carry out new tasks.<p>In the same way that computer language tells a machine how to operate, researchers have shown it is possible to write DNA ‘code’ and insert it into bacteria to alter how they function.<p>They hope that …

Medical community is fighting a new germ: celebrities

NEW YORK (AP) — When celebrity and science collide, harmful side effects may occur.<p>The latest case happened last weekend when the Tribeca Film Festival pulled a documentary from its program by a discredited former doctor whose research into the connection between vaccines and autism has been …

Year in review: Breakthrough gene editor sparks ethics debate

A revolutionary gene-editing technology made headlines this year as much for the ethical and societal issues it raised as for the scientific …

For first time, scientists use CRISPR-Cas9 to target RNA in live cells: Technique may open doors to new treatments for many conditions, from cancer to autism

Technique may open doors to new treatments for many conditions, from cancer to autism<p>Scientists have long sought an efficient method for targeting …

Genetics

How a Zika Virus Breakthrough Vindicates Stem Cell Research

Modern biology needs tools. One of the most controversial of those tools has proven to be crucial to explaining how the Zika virus causes brain damage in newborns.<p>Zika is poised to dwarf the threat of Ebola, which was never a significant danger to the United States in spite of the cable …

Year in review: Fluke extinction surprises lab

A die-off of bacteria that had been growing for thousands of generations in a carefully controlled lab experiment offered an evolutionary lesson this …

To treat the heart, start with the gut

Blocking gut reactions could help defend against heart disease.<p>Intestinal microbes break down the essential nutrient choline, abundant in meat and …

University of California

Researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Shiley Eye Institute, with colleagues in China, have developed a new, regenerative medicine approach to remove congenital cataracts in infants, permitting remaining stem cells to regrow functional lenses.<p>The treatment, which …

3tags.org

You Can Now Sequence Your Entire Genome For Under $1,000

The future just got affordable.<p>It wasn't all that long ago that the first human genome was sequenced – a massive, globally orchestrated scientific …

For healthy eating, timing matters

When you eat may determine how long and strong your heart beats.<p>Fruit flies that limited eating to 12-hour stints had steadier heartbeats in old age …

Scientists just found the strongest evidence yet that Zika might cause newborns’ brains to shrink

Scientists around the world have been struggling to prove Zika’s link to microcephaly. Epidemiological data, which shows a correlation between the number of Zika infections and the number of microcephaly cases, only says so much. What is needed is a verifiable biological mechanism that links the …

Scientists Just Made a Major Breakthrough in Personalized Cancer Treatment

Scientists at the University College London (UCL) have made a major breakthrough that may further cement so-called immunotherapies’ status as the …

Girl with 'mystery illness' in NUH for treatment

Three-year-old Caitlin Soleil Lucas is often full of questions but one has left her parents - and even doctors - struggling for an answer.<p>They have …