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Part human, part virus - what do we really know about DNA?

For all our progress, the mechanisms of life remain stubbornly elusive.<p>Biology continues to surprise us at every turn. In the past half-century, …

Statins do cause muscle pain, scientists conclude

Statins really do cause painful muscle cramps, scientists have found, vindicating hundreds of thousands of people who have repeatedly claimed to have suffered debilitating side-effects.<p>Researchers say that alternative treatments are just as effective and should be prescribed to people who cannot …

Infant Earth Spotted Around A Young Sun-Like Star

A team of scientists using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile have spotted an infant version of the Earth orbiting a …

One Scientist's Breakthrough Drug Could Actually Delete Bad Memories

Imagine reliving the worst moment of your life. Going through every detail until it's so fresh in your mind that your brain's synapses fire wildly …

Jim Carrey

Sorry, but you can’t blame your children’s genes

From intelligence to mental health, nurture is the crucial influence on human development<p>Are poor people poor because of inferior genes? This notion is especially popular with members of the ruling elite, who like to think their position is the result of genetic superiority rather than the fact …

Mental Health

Being a vegetarian could kill you, science warns

Long-term vegetarianism can lead to a genetic mutation that puts people at high risk for colon cancer and heart disease, according to a new …

Plant-Based Diet

Weird Loops Of Genetic Material Help Cause Cancer

Scientists have shown that an unusual form of genetic material can help cause blood cancers.<p>While DNA stores life’s instructions, another genetic material – RNA – relays information. Some RNA molecules are copied from DNA as genes that encode proteins. But only 2% of the human genome consists of …

Leukemia

Sex of a baby? Ancient virus makes the call

The sex of human and all mammalian babies may be determined by a simple modification of a virus that insinuated itself into the mammalian genome as …

Biology

The 17 equations that changed the world

In 2012, Mathematician Ian Stewart came out with an excellent and deeply researched book titled "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World.<p>His book takes a look at the most pivotal equations of all time, and puts them in a human, rather than technical context.<p>"Equations …

Mathematics

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 …

'Hot Jupiter' exoplanet with triple star system discovered

BOSTON, April 1 (UPI) -- Astronomers have identified an alien planet in a three-star system.<p>Scientists have discovered thousands of exoplanets, many …

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 …

Dementia

Europe gives green light to first gene therapy for children

LONDON (Reuters) - The world's first life-saving gene therapy for children, developed by Italian scientists and GlaxoSmithKline, has been recommended for approval in Europe, boosting the pioneering technology to fix faulty genes.<p>The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Friday it had endorsed the …

Biotechnology

Cure for HIV and AIDS could be only a few years away after scientists prove they can snip away the virus

A cure for HIV and AIDS could be just a few years away after scientists proved they can snip away the virus from infected cells and prevent the …

Five Foods That Used To Be Bad For You …But Now Aren’t

Nutritional guidelines and recommendations are constantly changing in the light of new research. It can be difficult to keep up with which foods are …

Nutrition