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Is the $850,000 price tag for a blindness-curing gene therapy a sign of future medical costs?

In August 2017 the FDA approved the first gene therapy for public use in the United States. Called Kymriah, the drug was targeted at a very specific …

Gene Therapy

New DNA vaccine could lead to a one-dose universal vaccine for the flu

One of the reasons it’s so difficult to create a cure for the flu is because the virus continually shape-shifts from year to year. That means getting annual flu shots, instead of a more permanent solution to the problem. Researchers from the University of Washington School of Medicine may have just …

She never got the credit, but she’s the most important woman scientist of the 20th century

Einstein called Lise Meitner "our Marie Curie."<p>Lise Meitner was born in Austria in November 1878 in the heart of a Jewish family. She entered the …

Scientists Find the Chemical That Suppresses Unwanted Thoughts in the Brain

When there's not enough of it, unwanted memories take over.<p>The brain does what it can to suppress unwanted thoughts, but we often end up wrestling …

Neuroscience

Researchers find "executioner protein" that causes cancer cells to self-destruct without hurting healthy cells

Killing Cancer with Apoptosis<p>Albert Einstein College of Medicine scientists have induced cancer cells to commit suicide with a new compound that …

Cancer Cells

New system in the human brain discovered

Exploring the Human Brain<p>The human brain is a complicated organ that’s difficult to understand, so it’s only natural that we always have more to …

Undiscovered

Brain has inbuilt ‘drainpipes’ which get rid of waste, scientists find

The mystery of how the brain gets rid of waste or toxic substances has finally been discovered by scientists - it has its own sewerage pipe.<p>For the first time, researchers have found vessels which take away harmful substances or dead cellular material to keep the brain healthy.<p>The findings could …

Immune System

Different Types Of Meditation Change Different Areas Of The Brain, Study Finds

There’s been a lot of discussion about what kinds of mental activities are actually capable of changing the brain. Some promises of bolstered IQ and enhanced brain function via specially-designed “brain games” have fizzled out. Meanwhile, meditation and mindfulness training have accumulated some …

Meditation

6 Pioneering Facts About Mary Leakey

Fossil bones and the earliest footprints of our human ancestors are just a few of Mary Leakey’s groundbreaking discoveries. Get to know the legendary …

Anthropology

Impulsive Teens Might Just Be Curious

<i>Our editors delve into Curiosity's top stories every day on a podcast that's shorter than your commute. Click here to listen and learn — in just a</i> …

Parenting

We had the history of the human species all wrong

NEW YORK — A study of DNA from African fossils is providing new evidence that our species is a lot older than scientists had shown.<p>It concludes Homo …

Evolution

An Illustrated Periodic Table Showing How Chemical Elements Interact With Our Everyday Lives

Retired Boeing software engineer Keith Enevoldsen created the color-coded “Periodic Tables of Elements, in Pictures and Words” for both kids and …

Chemistry

Expedition to Submerged 'Lost Continent' Zealandia a 'Success'

Humans made contact with the mysterious eighth continent for the first time.<p>The first-ever expedition to Zealandia, the mysterious, submerged “eighth …

Earth Science

How can antidepressants affect weight gain?

Antidepressants are the third most commonly prescribed drugs in the United States and are taken by 11 percent of Americans aged 12 years and …

Does colour really affect our mind and body? A professor of colour science explains

Red makes the heart beat faster. You will frequently find this and other claims made for the effects of different colours on the human mind and body. …

The Brain

Depersonalisation disorder: 'I was unable to feel love'

<b>For people living with depersonalisation disorder the world appears unreal, as if through a haze or fog - or even in 2D. One in 100 people is thought to have the condition, but experts are warning it is not included in any GP training.</b><p>"Relationships you know you value deeply lose their essential …

Nerve implant 'restores consciousness' to man in persistent vegetative state

A 35-year-old man who had been in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) for 15 years has shown signs of consciousness after receiving a pioneering therapy involving nerve stimulation.<p>The treatment challenges a widely-accepted view that there is no prospect of a patient recovering consciousness if …

Neurology

Sweet Potatoes Suggest Easter Island Had More People Than Previously Thought

The mystery continues.<p>When Dutch sailors became the first Europeans to lay eyes on Easter Island in 1722, they found two sets of figures staring back …

Does the Sound of Noisy Eating Drive You Mad? Here’s Why

Misophonia - a hatred of sounds such as loud eating and chewing - is real.<p><i>This article originally appeared on Time.com</i><p>If you’ve ever been tempted to …

Newcastle University

Scientific breakthrough sees creation of antibody that attacks 99 per cent of HIV strains

Scientists have developed an antibody that attacks 99 per cent of HIV strains.<p>Already tested on monkeys, trials on human beings could begin next year, the BBC reported.<p>Up until now, HIV has been difficult to treat because of its ability to mutate and change its appearance.<p>Eventually, the human body …

Mutant butterflies reveal the genetic roots of colorful wings

Engineered mutant butterflies give a glimpse deep into the genetic roots of wing patterns, an international team reported Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The authors of the new study rearranged colors on butterfly wings by deleting a single gene using a genome editing …

Nature

AI and non-invasive MRI can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease long before doctors can

A pair of researchers from the University of Bari in Italy called Nicola Amoroso and Marianna La Rocca and a team of colleagues have developed a new …

Dementia