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Genome reveals secrets of tick saliva - Futurity

It took researchers a decade to sequence the genome of the tick that carries Lyme disease. "We've cracked the tick's code," says Catherine Hill.

Disease

‘Bionic spine’ could enable paralysed patients to walk using subconscious thought

Australian developers say mind-controlled device, which will be tested in humans next year, is the ‘holy grail’ for bionics researchers<p>Australian scientists hope that a tiny device just 3cm long and a few millimetres wide will enable paralysed patients to walk again by allowing them to control …

Neurophilosophy

White fat in mice can be forced to burn energy like brown fat by flipping a molecular switch

The technique could be used to help prevent weight gain in humans<p>Scientists say they have figured out a way to make white fat cells in mice burn energy — just by flipping a molecular switch. If this mechanism works similarly in humans, it could open up new ways to help combat obesity.<p>There are two …

New deadly genetic disease in Russia's Yakutia: Kids don’t live to 3yo

Fourteen children in Yakutia have died of a previously-unknown disease caused by mutations in multiple genes. The illness kills kids before they turn …

Cure for cancer might accidentally have been found, and it could be malaria

Scientists might have accidentally made a huge step forward in the search for a cure for cancer — discovering unexpectedly that a malaria protein …

A Beautiful Mind: Brain Injury Turns Man Into Math Genius

In 2002, two men savagely attacked Jason Padgett outside a karaoke bar, leaving him with a severe concussion and post-traumatic stress disorder. But …

Humanity

Oldest Human DNA Reveals Mysterious Branch of Humanity

The oldest known human DNA found yet reveals human evolution was even more confusing than thought, researchers say.<p>The DNA, which dates back some …

Anthropology

How to get GM butterfly? Make parasitic wasp inject deadly virus into caterpillar, study finds

Nature is full of surprises, and its newest twist is a blessing and a curse for butterflies. Wasps have managed to genetically modify the creatures …

McDonald's investors are demanding a change to the company's food

The Congregation of Benedictine Sisters in Boerne, Texas, has filed a shareholder proposal demanding that the company prohibit suppliers from using antibiotics on animals, CNN Money reports.<p>Several other McDonald's shareholders are planning to file similar proposals to ban antibiotics, according to …

A Genetic Database Will Identify What’s Really In Our Food

Startup Clear Labs is scanning food products to identify just what's in them<p>It’s hard to know what’s in your food. While some people find it scary to read the labels on processed foods, it’s scarier to know that these labels can sometimes be inaccurate, if an unrecorded ingredient was added …