Christine Wong

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How the Internet of cells has biologists buzzing

Networks of nanotubes may allow cells to share everything from infections and cancer to dementia-linked proteins.<p>Yukiko Yamashita thought she knew …

Scientists want to turn our gut bacteria into medicine

Bugs not drugs.<p>The bacteria inside our guts—which collectively make up the so-called gut microbiome—are incredibly diverse, with countless species and strains. But they also differ depending on the individual, with one person’s microbiome having little to do with another’s. And scientists have …

Checking yourself for melanomas? You might not be looking for the right thing.

Skin cancer is easy to prevent as long as you know what to look for.<p>Moles, like their furry homonyms, should be roughly round, brown, and symmetrical. When they start changing, something could be very wrong. But it's not just existing moles you should keep an eye on.<p>When it comes to skin cancer, …

There is no evidence that flu vaccines cause miscarriages

Getting vaccinated is still the safest choice.<p>If you stop reading after this sentence and remember nothing else, at least know this: pregnant people should still get the flu vaccine, regardless of what you may read in news headlines. Period. Now let's dig a little deeper.<p>Science’s greatest strength …

The Placebo Effect Is No Excuse to Buy Junk

We all swear by <i>something</i> that we know probably doesn’t work. Maybe it’s vitamin C when everyone at work has a cold, or #bootea while we diet, or …

This Study is Forcing Scientists to Rethink the Human Genome

The more data, the better, right? When it comes to genetics, it turns out that might not be the case.<p>As both genetic sequencing has gotten cheaper …

Genetics

What does vitamin C actually do?

How one genius spread a massive myth that's persisted for decades<p>Linus Pauling won two Nobel Prizes, helped uncover the nature of chemical bonds, identified sickle cell anemia as a molecular disease, elucidated some of the most common protein structures, revolutionized our understanding of primate …

Wellness

Running on Empty

© EROS DERVISHIIn 1971, a 27-year-old, 456-pound man went to the University of Dundee’s department of medicine in Scotland looking for help. Patient …

Gene Therapy Has Been Used to 'Switch Off' Asthma Symptoms

And it could apply to bee, peanut, and shellfish allergies.<p>Scientists have used gene therapy to 'switch off' the immune response that causes asthma, …

Microgravity Can Permanently Mutate Bacteria to Make Them Faster Breeders

Supercharged space bacteria.<p>Certain types of bacteria can mutate to reproduce more quickly when exposed to microgravity, and that's not great news …

Changing Meal Times Can Alter Your Body Clock

And there's more than one body clock.<p>Changing your meal times could be enough to reset one of your internal body clocks, researchers have found, …

Next-generation cancer drugs boost immunotherapy responses

Early clinical trial data suggest that combining medicines improves treatment.<p>An approach to unleashing immune responses against cancer is showing …

Do Carrots Really Help Your Vision?

Many lifelong carrot eaters feel a little betrayed.<p>"There is no way [carrots] affect eyesight," says Silvio Fontecchio, a project manager at a print shop in Tallahassee, Fla., whose parents told him when he was young that munching the orange veggie would help his eyes. "As a kid, my go-to snack was …

The puzzling way that writing heals the body

Can writing about pain and secret feelings really help boost your body’s immune system? BBC Future investigates.<p>In 1986 the psychology professor James Pennebaker discovered something extraordinary, something which would inspire a generation of researchers to conduct several hundred studies. He …

Writing

The Mummies’ Medical Secrets? They’re Perfectly Preserved

Hundreds of skeletons have lain scattered around a crypt beneath a church in Vilnius, Lithuania, for centuries. But 23 of these remains are unlike the rest: Flesh wraps their bones, clothes cover their skin, and organs still fill their insides.<p>They are mummies, and since they were recovered about …

Archaeology

Why Does Stubbing Your Toe Hurt So Damn Much?

Bed posts, furniture legs, uneven flagstone, toys—the world is rife with foot-level obstacles. Far too many for even the coordinated among us to …

Public Health

Scientists are using gene editing to try to slow cancer growth

With more research, CRISPR could give us a new cancer treatment.<p>When you think of gene editing technologies like CRISPR, you might imagine editing genes that relate to height, eye color, or our risk of getting certain diseases. But in truth, our DNA and RNA are full of countless proteins whose jobs …

Tissue-independent cancer drug gets fast-track approval from US regulator

Treatment will be given on the basis of a tumour’s molecular markers, rather than its location in the body.<p>The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) …

Can We Use Sound Waves to Fight Cancer?

As science continues to fight cancer, one obstacle has been the safe and easy removal of cancer cells from the body for study. A new ally in that fight might be sound waves, which can separate cancer cells from blood cells using different frequencies.

Cancer

MIT used bacteria to create a self-ventilating workout shirt

Next step: a garment that releases a nice aroma at the gym.<p>Many rain jackets have zippers at the armpits that, when opened, let out perspiration and funk that would otherwise stay trapped inside. But researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a prototype of a wearable …

Bioengineered Pancreas Effective in First Patient

The diabetic volunteer continued to produce insulin one year after she received a transplant of abdominal islet cells.

Pancreas

Huge Study Shows Link Between Common Painkillers And Increased Risk of Heart Attack

Here's why you shouldn't panic.<p>A large new study has found a link between taking common over-the-counter pain killers and increased risk of having a …

Finally, Scientists Think They Know How Lithium Treats Bipolar Disorder

You can't fix something until you understand it.<p>Almost 50 years after lithium was first approved to treat patients in the US, scientists think …

Mental Health

Why vitamin pills don't work, and may be bad for you

We dose up on antioxidants as if they are the elixir of life. At best, they are probably ineffective. At worse, they may just send you to an early grave.<p>For Linus Pauling, it all started to go wrong when he changed his breakfast routine. In 1964, at the age of 65, he started adding vitamin C to his …

Wellness

BlindPAD’s tablet makes visual information tactile for the vision-impaired

It’s truly amazing, the wealth of information we all have at our fingertips — that is, of course, unless your fingertips are how you have to access that information. An innovative new tablet that uses magnetically configurable bumps may prove to be a powerful tool for translating information like …

The Body Is Not a Computer—Stop Thinking of It as One

When former DARPA chief Regina Dugan announced on stage last month that Facebook planned to build a brain computer interface to allow users to send …

Singularity

'Minibrains' In A Dish Shed A Little Light On Autism And Epilepsy

Tiny, 3-D clusters of human brain cells grown in a petri dish are providing hints about the origins of disorders like autism and epilepsy.<p>An experiment using these cell clusters — which are only about the size of the head of a pin — found that a genetic mutation associated with both autism and …

Neuroscience