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Artificial Intelligence

Your Full Genome Can Be Sequenced and Analyzed For Just $1,000

It used to cost $100 million just a few years ago<p>Yesterday, personal genetics company Veritas Genetics announced that it had reached a milestone: participants in its limited, but steadily expanding Personal Genetics Program can get their entire genome sequenced for just $1,000.<p>Relatively low-cost …

Genetics

Mental Illness Monsters Explained Through The Eyes of an Artist

'Fantastic Four' Movie Review

How bad is this reboot of Marvel's first superheroes? Worse than you can imagine<p>The latest reboot of the <i>Fantastic Four</i> — the cinematic equivalent of …

Outbreak of drug-resistant infection could kill 80,000 in UK, report warns

Forecast highlights danger of growth in antimicrobial resistance that could take surgery back to ‘19th-century’ mortality rates<p>As many as 80,000 people could die if there was an outbreak of a drug-resistant infection in Britain, a government forecast has warned.<p>According to the report, about …

Medicine

CDC Alert: Drug-Resistant Foodborne Illness Spreads in US

Figuring out how to talk about antibiotic resistance—which you’ll be seeing discussed here a lot, since it’s the topic of my last book, an important part of my next book, and a central topic in my past blogging—is a difficult balancing act. On the one hand, antibiotic resistance is a true global …

Anglo-Saxon antibiotics are just the start

Researchers at the University of Nottingham say a thousand year old recipe may offer hope in the fight against antibiotic resistant ‘super bugs’. So what other super-remedies might we find in the history of medicine?<p>Bioprospecting – the search for new drugs and commercial products from the natural …

Native Americans

1,000 Year Old Remedy May Cure MRSA, Still Faces Market Hurdles

A plant-based ointment recipe pulled from a 1,000-year-old manuscript is spiking excitement about what historical knowledge and traditional remedies can do to defuse the antibiotic crisis. At the same time, it’s highlighting how difficult it can be to move any compound—natural or synthetic, ancient …

3 Things to Know About the Origins of Chinese Civilization

Changing Planet<p>The ornate dragon in the center of the colorfully painted ceiling in the Pavillion of Ten Thousand Spring Seasons in the Forbidden City dates back some 400-600 years but pulls from artistic traditions far older and still current today. (Photo by Andrew Howley)<p>Two things everyone …

Human genetic engineering demands more than a moratorium

Expert calls for a moratorium on germline gene engineering are no substitute for richer public debate on the ethics and politics of our biotechnological futures.<p>On April 3 2015, a group of prominent biologists and ethicists writing in <i>Science</i> called for a moratorium on germline gene engineering; …

Genetics

New Study Suggests Only 8.2% of Our DNA Is Functional

Over the years, there's been plenty of back and forth over how much of our DNA is important - for decades much of it was thought of as “junk DNA”, …

Genetics

700-year-old viruses found in ancient reindeer poop

Scientists have discovered two viruses that were preserved for 700 years in frozen reindeer poop collected from northern Canada.<p>One of the viruses had probably infected plant material that passed through the animal's digestive system; the other appears to have infected insects that swarmed around …

Ebola is at least 16 million years old, says study

Ebola’s first documented outbreak was in 1976. But the Ebola virus family has been around for 16 to 23 million years, says new research.<p>The family of …

For some, violent criminality may be written in their genes

In an apparent first, a study of Finnish convicts has identified genetic variations at two key sites on the genome that may distinguish extremely violent criminals from the rest of us. The two single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs, that appear to predispose an individual to committing acts of …

Ebola outbreak: Ebola may not be a deadly disease for everyone, scientists find

Researchers have found that natural immunity may exist to Ebola, after discovering that some animals get over the disease quickly, without major symptoms<p>Ebola may not be a deadly disease for everyone, after scientists discovered that some people are likely to be naturally immune to the virus.<p>A …

Disease

To drive down Ebola transmission, saying goodbye to the dead must change

Traditional West African funerals, at which mourners extensively touch and kiss the dead, are "superspreader" events for transmission of the<p>Ebola virus, says a new study, which identified hygienic burial practices of those who have succumbed to the infection as the single-most effective way to slow …

Psychology: The truth about the paranormal

In the 21st Century, why do so many people still believe in the paranormal? David Robson discovers that there’s good reason we hold superstitions – and a few surprising benefits.<p>Soon after World War II, Winston Churchill was visiting the White House when he is said to have had an uncanny …

Psychology

Building a better mouse to study Ebola

Scientists wearing anti-pathogen "spacesuits" and working in a government biocontainment laboratory have shown that genetically diverse strains of mice can accurately model the devastating health effects of the<p>Ebola virus, according to new research.<p>In a paper published Thursday in the journal …

Virus Sleuths Chip Away At Ebola Mysteries

Vincent Racaniello, who studies viruses at Columbia University, says Ebola has recently become his obsession.<p>"I find myself reading incessantly about Ebola when I should be doing other things," says Racaniello, host of the online show This Week in Virology, which has devoted several recent programs …

Meet 5 "Zombie" Parasites That Mind-Control Their Hosts

Hairworms turn crickets suicidal, wasps make spiders spin their last web, and more.<p>Zombies may still be a thing of fiction, but some parasites more or less turn their hosts into the walking dead.<p>These masters of mind control manipulate their hosts from within, causing them to act in …

Ancient Stone Circles in Mideast Baffle Archaeologists

Huge stone circles in the Middle East have been imaged from above, revealing details of structures that have been shrouded in mystery for decades.<p>Archaeologists in Jordan have taken high-resolution aerial images of 11 ancient "Big Circles," all but one of which are around 400 meters (1,312 feet) in …

Archaeology

Scientists Finally Crack The Code Of The Ancient 'Phaistos Disk'

Scientists have been trying to decipher the mysterious "Phaistos Disk" ever since the 4,000-year-old clay disk was discovered in 1908 on the Greek island of Crete.<p>But no one seems to have been able to translate the mysterious language inscribed on the disk, which dates back to 1700 B.C. and the …

Another Ebola challenge: Disposing of medical waste

A single<p>Ebolapatient treated in a U.S. hospital will generate eight 55-gallon barrels of medical waste each day.<p>Protective gloves, gowns, masks and booties are donned and doffed by all who approach the patient's bedside and then discarded. Disposable medical instruments, packaging, bed linens, …