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New insights into 3-D genome organization and genetic variability

While genomics is the study of all of the genes in a cell or organism, epigenomics is the study of all the genomic add-ons and changes that influence …

Genetics

HIV vaccine tests showing very positive results, researchers say

A new kind of vaccine has shown “striking” results in tests against HIV, raising hopes of a therapy to protect people from AIDS.<p>The vaccine, which …

The Fourth Amendment Covers DNA Collection

Fourth Amendment

Scientists unveil map of 'epigenome,' a second genetic code

Recipe for the human body revealed: Groundbreaking map of human epigenomes could lead to personalised medicine<p><b>Epigenome differentiates cells, telling</b> …

Drones could be used to seek out arteries to prevent heart attacks

New trials suggest microscopic stealth drones could be used to seek and repair damaged arteries and prevent heart attacks<p>Scientists have carried out trials using microscopic drones that could be used to seek and repair damaged arteries, preventing heart attacks and strokes.<p>Researchers have …

CVS to limit cost of new cholesterol drugs through strict controls

(Reuters) - CVS Health Corp aims to control costs for a class of new cholesterol-fighting drugs by instituting strict prior authorization and other controls, according to the company, which negotiates drug prices for 65 million people through its pharmacy benefit manager unit.<p>Troyen Brennan, chief …

CVS Health

The deadly science of drinking soda: Research puts a number on soft drink-related cancer cases

<b>(AP/Jeff Chiu)</b><p>4-Mel, a chemical that makes soda brown, is raising our risk of cancer<p>Joanna Rothkopf<p>February 18, 2015 10:00pm (UTC)<p>Although former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's war against large sodas failed in court, it succeeded in spreading awareness about the danger of consuming too …

New York City

Holy Genetically-Engineered Organisms Batman - Synthetic Biology Has A Banner Month!

It’s been a good month for synthetic biology. A few weeks ago, in a great talk (on the concept of “singularities”) given to METal International in Los Angeles, biophysicist Reese Jones showed footage of the world’s first DNA laser printer at work.<p>You heard me right—a DNA laser printer. Created by …

The Coming Boom In Brain Medicines

TONY COLES COULD have had any job he wanted in the drug industry. In five years at the helm of cancer drug developer Onyx Pharmaceuticals he increased its market cap eightfold by purchasing an experimental blood cancer drug for $800 million, developing it into a big seller and flipping the whole …

Glowing Protein Reveals Animals' Brain Activity

With the help of a protein, researchers now have a more precise way to see brain activity — right down to what's going on in a single cell, in living …

Scientists develop comparative search engine that helps to predict human gene function

Importantly, their method does not require that scientists have prior information about gene function, said Meyer, who is also the Mrs. George A. …

RebelMouse vs. WordPress VIP

After building the product for Huffington Post, and owning the product and engineering groups at AOL after we were acquired, it was clear to me there …

How Silicon Valley is trying to cure ageing

Death has always been considered one of life's only real certainties, but now some of the world's top scientists are challenging the assumption<p>Humanity has long been in search of the mythical Fountain of Youth, from Alexander the Great to knights of the Crusades.<p>But now Silicon Valley scientists …

Researchers discover molecular 'switch' that controls replication, transcription of mitochondria DNA

Replication

Microscopic gold tubes can both detect and destroy cancer cells

There's no doubt that doctors would prefer to treat cancer as soon as they spot it, and it looks like nanotechnology might give them that chance. Researchers at the University of Leeds have successfully tested gold nanotubes that are useful for both imaging and destroying cancer cells. Since the …

'Designer babies' debate should start, scientists say

<b>Rapid progress in genetics is making "designer babies" more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC.</b><p>Dr Tony Perry, a pioneer in cloning, has announced precise DNA editing at the moment of conception in mice.<p>He said huge advances in the past two years meant …

Genetics

Massive manhunt for 2 suspects in Paris attack

PARIS (AP) — Police SWAT teams backed by helicopters tracked two heavily armed brothers with al-Qaida sympathies suspected in the newsroom massacre …

Obama wants community college to be free

Free education "for those willing to work for it."<p>That's what President Obama announced Friday in a bid to make the first two years of community college free for "responsible" students.<p>The president announced the proposal at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., a significant …

College & University

GOP Begins Assault on Elderly, Poor, Disabled, Math, and Reason

The 114th Congress was sworn in on Tuesday, opening the flood gates to legislation that will potentially damage the economy, hurt the middle class and the poor, and leave the retired Americans in the worst financial shape they've been in for years. After six years as a sleeper cell, the GOP is …

Greece formally dissolves parliament ahead of election

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece formally dissolved parliament on Wednesday ahead of a general election on Jan. 25 that has cast its international bailout into doubt and set financial markets on edge just as the euro zone grapples with renewed signs of weakness.<p>Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras …

“No civilization would tolerate what America has done”

<b>(Reuters/Richard Rowe)</b><p>Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society<p>David Masciotra<p>December 29, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>It seems police can get away with anything: choking men who have …

Venezuela recession confirmed as Maduro attacks US 'oil war'

<b>The Venezuelan economy is now officially in recession after the central bank released figures showing that it has been shrinking all year.</b><p>The bank said the economy had declined by 2.3% in the third quarter of 2014.<p>It also revealed for the first time that GDP contracted by 4.8% and 4.9% respectively …

The biggest alien planet discoveries of 2014

This past year was a banner one for the field of exoplanet science, with the tally of known alien worlds doubling to nearly 2,000 by the end of 2014.<p>Here's a look at the top exoplanet discoveries of 2014, from the first potentially habitable Earth-size world to a staggering haul of 715 newly …

VA facing new congressional crackdown after Colorado hospital boondoggle

A congressional battle is brewing over the Department of Veterans Affairs' admitted mismanagement of construction projects across the country -- including an over-budget, billion-dollar hospital in Colorado that was, briefly, abandoned by the contractor.<p>"VA construction managers couldn't lead …

UK scientists plan to grow lettuce on Mars

Photos of the lettuce are to be transmitted to Earth so the public and scientists would be able to watch the lettuce mature<p>A team of scientists have created a plan to grow lettuce on Mars, and it has been short-listed to be included in a future space flight to the red planet.<p>The project, being run …

Some Guy in Omaha Is Building a Warp Drive

And there is other big science news, too. Get ready to feel small.<p><b>This week is the perfect time</b> to take stock of your personal achievements from the past year. Did you lose those 10 pounds? Get that new job? Finish that screenplay? Effectively bend the fabric of space?<p>That's exactly what David …

Iraqi forces 'retake Dhuluiyah from ISIL'

Iraqi forces have completed the recapture of Dhuluiyah, parts of which had been held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for months, commanders have said.<p>Pro-government forces had pushed into the town, located 90km outside Baghdad, from the north two days earlier, fighting their way …

Russian banks starved for cash as funding crisis worsens

Russia's banks will likely need more government handouts as they battle the country's growing funding crisis.<p>The country's financial sector is under tremendous stress from the plunging value of its currency combined with Western sanctions imposed over Russia's actions in Ukraine.<p>Starved of …