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Stephen Hawking Says Artificial Intelligence Could Be the 'Worst Thing to Happen to Humanity'

Maybe he just watched <i>The Matrix</i>.<p>Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s most famous scientists, is more than a little worried about the potential danger …

Scientists create 'semi-synthetic' living cells with extra DNA letters

It turns out that your biology teacher (and a certain 1997 sci-fi flick) got something wrong -- DNA isn't necessarily limited to four letters. Scripps Research Institute scientists tell <i>Wired</i> that they've created living cells which include two artificial letters (that is, nucleotides) in their …

Multiple sclerosis discovery may explain gender gap

<b>A key difference in the brains of male and female MS patients may explain why more women than men get the disease, a study suggests.</b><p>Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in the US found higher levels of protein S1PR2 in tests on the brains of female mice and dead women with MS than …

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Better Know A Plague: Smallpox

Later this month, members of the World Health Assembly will meet in Geneva to discuss its policies, among other things. On the agenda: whether or not to destroy the world’s only existing smallpox laboratory samples.<p>The World Health Organization declared smallpox eradicated in 1980, but two …

Q&A: Polio's History—and Why It's Again Becoming a Threat

Poverty and war have helped spur cross-border outbreaks.<p>After more than half a century of increasingly successful efforts to eradicate polio, the paralyzing and sometimes fatal disease is staging a comeback and crossing international borders.<p>This week, the World Health Organization issued a …

Is recycled blood safer than a transfusion?

Patients whose own red blood cells are recycled and returned during heart surgery get more oxygen where it’s most needed compared to patients who get …

Blood recycling machine gets 3D-printed upgrade

A transfusion machine that takes a person's blood lost during an operation, filters it, and then puts it back into the body has been improved through …

Modern Medicine May Not Be Doing Your Microbiome Any Favors

There are lots of theories about why food allergies, asthma, celiac disease and intestinal disorders like Crohn's disease have been on the rise. Dr. Martin Blaser speculates that it may be connected to the overuse of antibiotics, which has resulted in killing off strains of bacteria that typically …

It only took 35 years for flesh-eating bacteria to become an infectious terror

Scientists have discovered that its evolutionary path was eerily simple<p>All it took for flesh-eating bacteria to go from harmless organisms to gruesome infectious pathogens was four mutations and about 35 years. That's what an international group of researchers announced today in a study that …

Artificial blood 'will be manufactured in factories'

Wellcome Trust-funded stem cell research has produced red blood cells fit for transfusion into humans, paving the way for the mass production of blood<p>It is the stuff of gothic science fiction: men in white coats in factories of blood and bones.<p>But the production of blood on an industrial scale …

North Korea Marathon Opens Pyongyang Streets to Foreign Tourists

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Avoiding the Black Plague Today

Though it calls to mind medieval massacre, the deadly infectious disease known simply as plague is still around. New research on how the disease spreads helps us better understand the pandemic that killed up to 100 million people, and how to continue to keep it in check.<p>Even in areas of the world …