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Grow your own: the race to create body parts in the lab

Two years ago, Hassan’s father was faced with questions that he had no good answers for. “Why do I have this disease?” his seven-year-old son asked him. “Why do I have to live this life?”<p>Hassan was born with a rare genetic skin condition, called epidermolysis bullosa, that causes fragile, …

Exclusive: First U.S. Baby Born After a Uterus Transplant

For the first time in the United States, a woman who was born without a uterus gave birth to a baby. The landmark birth took place at Baylor …

A North Korean Defector Has ‘Enormous’ Parasites. Where Are They From?

On Monday, a North Korean soldier defected to South Korea, pulling off a daring escape from the reclusive, authoritarian nation, and successfully …

North Korea

How Gut Bacteria Influences Neurodegenerative Disorders

<i>Summary: Researchers recently presented new findings linking gut bacteria to neurodegenerative diseases at Neuroscience 2017. Findings suggest better</i> …

Biotech firms race to recruit good bugs in war on cancer

(Reuters) - Biotech companies are competing to develop medicines using “bugs as drugs” to fight cancer, building on the latest scientific findings that patients with high levels of good gut bacteria are more likely to respond to modern immunotherapy.<p>A cancer cell (white) being attacked by two …

Finding a way for the 'right' microbiome to help cancer immunotherapy work - STAT

What is it?<p>STAT Plus is a premium subscription that delivers daily market-moving biopharma coverage and in-depth science reporting from a team with …

Scientists grow replacement skin for boy suffering devastating genetic disorder

Scientists have grown a replacement, genetically modified skin to cover almost the entire body of a seven-year-old Syrian boy who was suffering from a devastating genetic disorder.<p>The treatment marks a rare and striking success for the field of regenerative medicine, which has been struggling to …

Organisms

This Is What the Epic Collision Between Two Neutron Stars Sounds Like

...if they made a sound.<p>If you listen closely, you may hear motorcycles approaching from the distance. Or maybe it sounds more like bees swarming. …

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Bioinformatics

This interactive periodic table makes chemistry easier than ever

Chemistry has broken the spirits of many struggling high-schoolers and university students alike, but there might be a handy tool that can finally guide you through the various elements and help you swiftly get the hang of the much-dreaded periodic table.<p>Available for free, PeriodicStats is an …

Why Do We Have Blood Types?

The story of an amazing discovery.<p>When my parents informed me that my blood type was A+, I felt a strange sense of pride. If A+ was the top grade in …

Scientists turn spinach leaf into working heart tissue

Researchers have managed to turn a spinach leaf into working heart tissue and are on the way to solving the problem of recreating the tiny, branching networks of blood vessels in human tissue.<p>Until now, scientists have unsuccessfully tried to use 3D printing to recreate these intricate …

Life, but not as we know it: Scientists engineer first semisynthetic organism with three-base-pair DNA

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) claim to have created the first stable semisynthetic organism with extra bases added to its …

Controversial gene-editing technique injected into cancer patients in China

Latest use of technology seems to avoid use of embryonic cells, may spur international race<p>Experiments in China with a controversial gene modifying …

Genetics

The cure for cancer is data— mountains of data

A few years ago Eric Schadt met a woman who had cancer. It was an aggressive form of colon cancer that had come on quickly and metastasized to her liver. She was a young war widow from Mississippi, the mother of two girls she was raising alone, and she had only the health care that her husband’s …

Four Dimensional Genome

The four dimensional human genome defies naturalistic explanations<p>Published: 6 October 2016 (GMT+10)<p>The human genome is the most complex computer …

A new reason we haven’t found alien life in the universe

By Ben Guarino<p>Ben Guarino<p>Reporter covering biology, genetics, nature, paleontology and the culture of science<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Italian physicist Enrico Fermi once famously exclaimed “Where is everybody?” We have been trying to answer his paradox — we exist, so aliens should exist, too — ever since. …

Universe

6 Foods to Eat When You’re Trying to Score a Six Pack

And 3 that you’ll want to avoid<p>Even if you hit the gym daily, you have to pay attention to what you eat to get the definition you want.<p>The right foods power tough workouts, build muscle, and can help you torch any belly fat that might be stopping your six-pack from emerging, says board-certified …

Scientists Have Just Uncovered a Major Difference Between DNA And RNA

Time to update the textbooks.<p>A new study has shown for the first time that RNA - the older molecular cousin of DNA - splits apart when it tries to …

Monsanto Cultivates a Rose That Doesn’t Wilt

New advances in biotechnology could keep your flowers in bloom longer.<p>Monsanto is working on anti-aging technology for flowers using a genetic …

Cut Flowers

10 Exercises to Develop the Best Pecs in the Gym

“Maybe after seeing some photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his prime bodybuilding days, you’ve decided you want to build up your chest,” says Marc …

Workouts

Measurable Brain Changes Following Head Impacts From a Season of High School Football

<b>Repeated impacts to the heads of high school football players cause measurable changes in their brains, even when no concussion occurs, according to</b> …

Biotech Company Claims To Have Successfully Used Gene Therapy In Attempt To Reverse Aging

In what they are claiming is a world first, biotech company BioViva has announced that they have used gene therapy to lengthen the caps on the end of …

NASA's on a Mission to Create a More Awesome Airplane

NASA announced its latest mission—create a new generation of experimental aircraft to push the frontiers of modern aviation.<p>The project, known as New …

Physicists Have Created a 'Black Hole' in The Lab That Could Finally Prove Hawking Radiation Exists

Will Stephen Hawking get his Nobel prize?<p>Some 42 years ago, renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking proposed that not everything that comes in …

Pokkén Creators Wanted To Make Pokémon Look 'Really Realistic' For Their Fighting Game

Pokémon are usually cute creatures. That’s part of the appeal. But the upcoming <i>Pokémon</i> fighting game is not about that life.<p>A couple of weeks ago, I …

Daft Punk Documentary Daft Punk Unchained Gets a U.S. Release Date

<i>Photo by Nabil</i><p>Back in June, the Daft Punk documentary, <i>Daft Punk Unchained,</i> aired on the French network Canal+. Now, the film, which was previously available only with subtitles, has gotten a U.S. premiere date. It's scheduled to air on Showtime on Thursday, December 10 at 9 p.m., EST. Watch the …

Brain Freeze: Those looking to cheat death turn to cryonics — being frozen in liquid nitrogen — to one day live again

TORONTO — When it comes to death, there’s traditionally been two forms of eternal rest: going into a coffin or ending up as ashes inside an urn.<p>But …

Daft Punk Make Elusive ‘Human After All’ Remix Album Available Worldwide

Eight years after releasing a limited-edition remix album of <i>Human After All</i> exclusively in Japan, Daft Punk have finally made it available …