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Genomes project produces first diagnoses of rare diseases

Three men and their families will be eligible for personalised treatment designed to target their genetic defects<p>Three men from two families are the first patients to be diagnosed with rare diseases after volunteering to have their complete genetic codes mapped as part of the groundbreaking 100,000 …

Genetics

Stem Cell Test Screens For Dangerous Drug Side Effects

Animal tests can only get you so far<p>A new test could help researchers understand how patients might respond to an unpredictable type of drug called a biologic. The test uses stem cells to give a more accurate prediction for how the drugs will affect a person's entire body, not just specific cells, …

Italy is now even more anti-EU than the UK

Europe's third-biggest economy has lost faith in Europe, a compelling new poll shows. Italy used to be one of the most europhilic countries going, but it's now more eurosceptic than the famously sceptical United Kingdom.<p>When Italians were asked how much confidence they have in a list of …

Europe
Cancer

Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain

Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain that are still inspiring neuroscientists to this day. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole.<p>Lewis Carroll was remarkably modest about his masterpiece. “The heroine spends an hour underground, and meets various …

Alice In Wonderland

Mars lost ocean of water to space

About 4 billion years ago, a primitive ocean on Mars held more water than Earth’s Arctic Ocean, say researchers, but Mars has lost 87 percent of it …

Arctic Ocean

FDA approves the first generic copy of a costly biotech drug

The copycat medicine is meant to increase competition in the field<p>For the first time ever today, the FDA approved the use of a copy of a costly biotech medicine, <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> reports. The "quasi-generic" drug could be the first step towards shrinking the US's $375 billion in yearly drug …

Biotechnology

Don't believe the light: Supernova in 'Einstein Cross' is a cosmic trick

An exploding star goes supernova only once. But if you're really, really lucky, you might just get to see it happen four times.<p>An international team has discovered four separate images of the same distant supernova arranged in the shape of a cross — and this unusual trick of the light could help …

The Mechanism Of Microbial Memory

Bacteria can learn how to survive in an environment<p>One of the most fascinating traits of biology is the ability to remember. Memory helps us to use language, orient ourselves geographically and perform various tasks. This characteristic is not only limited to humans; animals also have this ability …

Number of smokers getting NHS help to quit has halved

A new report warns that the number of smokers given help from the NHS to give up appears to have halved in three years, with increasing numbers turning to e-cigarettes<p>The number of people given help to give up smoking from the NHS is set to halve by next year, a report has warned.<p>Experts from …

Public Health

On the importance of being negative

The ‘publish or perish’ culture within science skews the research literature towards positive results. But negative findings matter too and new open access publications are helping researchers to give a fuller account of themselves<p>The latest paper from my group, published just over a week ago in …

Social Sciences

Genius and the Brain

The 92nd St. Y in New York is presenting “Seven Days of Genius” this week. As part of the festivities, the video site Big Think invited me to film a conversation with neuroscientist Heather Berlin about the nature of genius and the origin of creativity in the brain.<p>Here’s the video, which we taped …