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Mini lab-created organs successfully check cancer treatments

Scientists used lab-grown cells from an individual's cancer tumor to study their response to different drugs, according to a new study published in</i> …

Cancer

Psychedelic healing: could magic mushrooms help reboot the brain?

At any given moment, more than 3 per cent of the UK population are thought to be suffering from depression. For some people, like Kirk Rutter, …

How ketamine relieves depression by suppressing the brain's "anti-reward" center

The anti-depressant qualities of ketamine, initially developed as an anesthetic before drifting into recreational circles due to its hallucinogenic …

Musk's Tesla to stay in space for millions of years

<b>The Tesla car that Elon Musk launched into space is likely to stay there for tens of millions of years before crashing into the Earth or Venus.</b><p>That's the conclusion of an analysis by Czech and Canadian researchers.<p>They calculated that the roadster has a 6% chance of colliding with Earth and a 2.5% …

Tesla

Molecule behind Huntington's disease found to be cancer-killing "super assassin"

For several years, scientists have noticed an unexplained reduced incidence of cancer in patients suffering from the devastating hereditary …

The DNA database that is key to beating our rarest diseases

Some of these disorders do not have names and in many cases we do not know the causes. Professor Mark Caulfield<p>Jillian Hastings Ward gave birth to her second child, Sam, almost four years ago. For the first few months of his life, the boy appeared to be in good health. “Then we realised that he was …

Genetics

Here’s how cells rapidly stuff two meters of DNA into microscopic capsules

Frequent fliers, take note. Scientists have figured out how cells quickly pack long chromosomes into compact, organized bundles — a key step before …

Biology

MIT Engineers Have Designed a Chip That Behaves Just Like Brain Cell Connections

The most promising artificial synapse to date.<p>For those working in the field of advanced artificial intelligence, getting a computer to simulate …

A Man Has Become The First Patient in The World to Receive a Second Face Transplant

His first was rejected.<p>Twelve years ago, a team of surgeons in France successfully completed the first-ever face transplant procedure. Unfortunately, …

Medicine

Good News, Mars Colonists: Pure Water Ice You Can Dig Up With a Shovel

Mars has large deposits of near-pure water ice just beneath the surface at mid-latitudes, a discovery that could have huge implications for future …

All Your Memories Are Stored by One Weird, Ancient Molecule

We actually borrowed our ability to form memories from viruses.<p>How does memory work? The further we seem to dive in, the more questions we stumble …

How a promising Alzheimer's drug turns back the cellular clock

Alzheimer's is a devastating disease, and with the world's average population getting older, its effects will be felt further and wider in the …

CRISPR gene editor could spark immune reaction in people

Immune reactions against proteins commonly used as molecular scissors might make CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing ineffective in people, a new study …

Key CRISPR gene editing methods might not work for most humans

At first glance, CRISPR gene editing looks like the solution to all the world's ills: it could treat or even cure diseases, improve birth rates and otherwise fix genetic conditions that previously seemed permanent. You might want to keep your expectations low, though. Scientists have published …

This Incredible Virus Attacks Brain Cancer And Actually Boosts Our Immune System

The first therapeutic virus to pass the blood-brain barrier.<p>A study attempting to show that viruses could be delivered to brain tumours has delivered …

Study reveals how alcohol permanently damages DNA and raises risk of cancer

For several decades we have known that alcohol consumption increases a person's risk of developing several types of cancer, but how this actually …

Genetics