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USDA Claims Pesticide Residues in Food Is Safe

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b><p>Research has demonstrated that pesticides and other agricultural chemicals are neurotoxic, capable of damaging your nervous system. …

FDA says genetically modified, bruise-resistant apples and potatoes are safe to eat

The produce is not yet available in stores<p>The FDA said this week that new varieties of genetically modified fruits and vegetables are safe for consumption, <i>The New York Times</i> reports. The safety review covered six varieties of potatoes engineered by J. R. Simplot Company and two varieties of apples …

Agriculture

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This Nano Skin Could Let Us Watch Life at the Smallest Scales

Author: Nick Stockton. Nick Stockton Science<p>Date of Publication: 01.29.15.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>One of biology’s most powerful tools …

Ebola outbreak: Virus mutating, scientists warn

<b>Scientists tracking the Ebola outbreak in Guinea say the virus has mutated.</b><p>Researchers at the Institut Pasteur in France, which first identified the outbreak last March, are investigating whether it could have become more contagious.<p>More than 22,000 people have been infected with Ebola and 8,795 …

Disease

People Think Expensive Drugs Work Better, Study Shows

We’ve all heard of the placebo effect: just believing in the healing power of a pill is sometimes enough to make a person feel better, even when …

Research

An experimental Ebola vaccine looks promising in a human trial

It was made by introducing an Ebola gene in a chimpanzee cold virus<p>An Ebola vaccine produced using a chimpanzee common cold virus appears to be safe to use on humans, according to a study published today in the<i>New England Journal of Medicine</i><i>.</i> Three different doses of vaccine were tested on healthy …

Disease

Ancient viruses gain new functions in the brain

New research suggests retroviruses, once thought to be genetic junk, can help spur brain development<p>If thinking about the billions of bacteria taking up residence in and on your body gives you the willies, you probably won’t find it comforting that humans are also full of viruses. These maligned …

Genetics

Can You Lose Your Fingerprints?

A 62-year-old man from Singapore was traveling to the U.S. to see relatives last December and was detained after a routine fingerprint scan showed …

U.S. Department of Defense

Modeling Suspects' Faces Using DNA From Crime Scenes

But can it work well enough to generate reliable leads?<p>This winter, a biotechnology company began offering a whole new service to police departments. Virginia-based Parabon NanoLabs' Snapshot service allows police to send Parabon NanoLabs DNA samples taken from crime scenes. From that DNA, the …

Plant-based gel can stop traumatic bleeding in seconds

Biotech startup Suneris has developed a plant-based polymer it says functions like "Lego building blocks for the body," drastically reducing the amount of time it takes to stop a wound from bleeding.<p>When bleeding from a traumatic injury begins, time is of the essence. VetiGel, a new plant-based gel …

Medicine

Scientists hail the most 'advanced anti-ageing serum' in the world

New research suggests skincare tailored to individuals' DNA may be the best way to combat the appearance of ageing<p>Those who believe that beauty is only skin deep may need to think again.<p>A most advanced anti-ageing serum ever created is going far deeper in the pursuit of the ultimate skincare …

Dementia 'linked' to common over-the-counter drugs

<b>A study has linked commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hay-fever, to dementia.</b><p>All of the types of medication in question are drugs that have an "anticholinergic" effect.<p>Experts say people should not panic or stop taking their …

Dementia

iChip: The Future of Antibiotic Discovery

Two weeks ago, a team led by scientists from Northeastern University published a study describing a new class of antibiotics called teixobactin, which they found in the soil of a field in Maine. The Internet subsequently lit up with both excitement and criticism (mostly excitement, though). It’s …

Microbiology

From fiction to science: Can stem cells be regulated to replace aged, damaged, and missing tissues?

When a salamander loses a tail, it grows a new one. What’s the difference, MIT biologist Peter Reddien PhD ’02 wondered, between a wound that severs …