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How an autism gene mutation alters brain development

By analyzing the brains of mice, researchers have discovered how mutations in a gene called CHD8 may alter brain development and cognitive …

New stem cell invented that can grow into any tissue in the body, study finds

Salk Institute and Chinese researchers said they have created a new kind of stem cell, one that is more versatile than any other grown in the lab.<p>The …

Stem Cells

Natural-born killers: The fruits and veggies that could poison you

<b>(CNN) —</b> Underneath its spiky exterior, the fruit is smooth, juicy and beautifully sweet.<p>The spikes of the lychee fruit -- also known as litchi -- may be a deterrent for some animals, but for humans willing to break it away, it's an exotic and tasty treat. And often, just one is not enough.<p>But if …

Toxins

With 404 cases, Washington mumps outbreak continues to grow

<b>(CNN) —</b> On Thursday, Washington state reported 404 confirmed and probable cases of mumps since October. Mumps is a contagious disease caused by a virus spread from person to person through saliva and mucus.<p>Two counties are reporting just one case each, while six counties have multiple cases. King …

Public Health

Piperlongumine, chemical from Indian pepper plant inhibits enzyme in cancer cells

UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists have uncovered the chemical process behind anti-cancer properties of a spicy Indian pepper plant called the …

Cancer

Molecule throws roadblock in Alzheimer's path

When it comes to the drama of Alzheimer's disease, the compound in the starring role as the villain is tau. It's a protein that normally helps our …

Woodford-backed ReNeuron moves into final trials for stem-cell stroke treatment

ReNeuron is pressing ahead with final clinical trials for an experimental stem-cell treatment that could help stroke patients after encouraging results from an earlier study.<p>The company, which is backed by top fund manager Neil Woodford, is developing stem cell therapies for a range of diseases. …

Scientists have evolved a remarkable new form of life that can bond silicon to carbon

You're probably already familiar with a few products products that use carbon-silicon, or organosilicon: glues, caulks, and pesticides, to name a few.<p>But the new biological trick, which was forcefully evolved in bacteria, is safer and 15 times more efficient than synthetic, industrial chemistry at …

China Used Crispr to Fight Cancer in a Real, Live Human

Do you remember President-elect Trump holding forth on the campaign trail about “China beating us at our own game”? Well, it's true, as long as the …

Metta World Peace: I'll never forgive myself for 'Malice at the Palace' incident

Man formerly known as Ron Artest says he had 'no control' during years with Pacers<p>In Indianapolis for a game against his former team, Los Angeles …

Los Angeles Lakers

DNA of Long Lost Human Discovered in Pacific Islanders

If it's not from Neanderthals or Denisovans, where did the DNA come from?<p>A tiny population of Pacific Islanders have been hiding evidence of a …

The Mystery of Knotted Proteins - MIT Technology Review

Proteins are long chains of amino acids that are essential building blocks for all living things. These chains form complex three-dimensional shapes …

Protein

Neanderthal Sex Could Explain Why Europeans And Africans Have Different Immune Systems

Your family tree just got way more interesting.<p>Scientists investigating the immune system of modern humans have found significantly different …

How to tell if you’re a workaholic

There’s a difference between pulling long hours and having an out-of-control urge to work. But where’s the line?<p>Everyone loves a hard worker.<p>In fact, pulling long hours on the job and earning big is considered by many to be the modern mark of success. Being labelled a workaholic is, as often as …

Mental Health

Human lifespan has hit its natural limit, research suggests

Humans are unlikely to ever blow out more than 125 candles on their birthday cake, according to research that suggests that our lifespan has already hit its natural limit.<p>The oldest human who ever lived, according to official records, was 122-year-old Frenchwoman Jeanne Louise Calment, who died in …

Albert Einstein

Prions can pass on beneficial traits, study finds

Prion proteins, best known as the agents of deadly brain disorders like mad cow disease, can help yeast survive hard times and pass the advantageous …

Stanford University

Technology and Science News - ABC News

Amazon Prime set to increase its annual membership fee by $10<p>YouTube Music launches revamped version<p>Twitter implements new filter that demotes …

Bill Gates

Can a Pill Fix Your Hearing?

Listen up, baby boomers (and others): Your damaged hearing may soon be improved—and it won’t require inserting a beige gizmo in your ear. Advances in …

Microsoft Says It Will 'Solve' Cancer in The Next 10 Years

We hope they're right.<p>Microsoft has announced an ambitious plan to use computer science to 'solve' cancer within the next decade.<p>While that plan …

Teeth Suggest Humans Killed Hobbits

Human teeth found in a hobbit cave appear to implicate our species in the disappearance of Homo floresiensis.<p>Photo: Recreation of a Homo floresiensis …

Humanity

Human DNA tied mostly to single exodus from Africa long ago

NEW YORK (AP) — The genetic ancestry of people living outside Africa can be traced almost completely to a single exodus of humans from that continent …

Evolution

New Research Says There Are 4 Basic Types of People. Which One Are You?

According to a recent study, 90 percent of us are either optimistic, pessimistic, trusting, or envious. Guess which group was the biggest.<p>How trustworthy are people? How far do we trust one another?<p>That's what researchers set out to discover. In a recently published study, scientists from a number …

Genetically modified mosquitoes could wipe out the world's most deadly viruses. If we let them.

The <i>Aedes aegypti</i> mosquito is a beautiful, brilliant killer.<p>Dark with white spots and a wingspan of only a few millimeters, it is smaller and …

Anxious men twice as likely to die from cancer, research finds

Men who suffer from anxiety are more than twice as likely to die from cancer than those who do not, a major new study has found.<p>A survey of nearly 16,000 people over 15 years found that the correlation held true regardless of other factors such as smoking, alcohol consumption and physical activity, …

Cancer

Snail venom to unlock new 'ultra-fast-acting' insulin for diabetics

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute structural biologist Mike Lawrence said using the insulin found in the cone snail's venom as a model, it could become …

Diabetes

Animal Sex: How Mosquitoes Do It

Sometimes they're mere pests, other times they're dangerous vectors of diseases, such as malaria and the Zika virus. Whatever the case, the lives of …

Insects

Groundbreaking fertilisation technique could allow gay couples to have babies with each other

A new experiment defies nature and might one day let two males have babies with each other.<p>The shocking new study overthrows the idea that it is only …

Bringing artificial enzymes closer to nature

Scientists at the University of Basel, ETH Zurich, and NCCR Molecular Systems Engineering have developed an artificial metalloenzyme that catalyses a …

Chemistry Could Save Billions of Baby Male Chickens

For chickens bred to lay eggs, being male is a gloomy prospect. These cockerels develop too slowly to be raised for meat, so they are usually killed …

DNA confirms cause of 1665 London's Great Plague

<b>DNA testing has for the first time confirmed the identity of the bacteria behind London's Great Plague.</b><p>The plague of 1665-1666 was the last major outbreak of bubonic plague in Britain, killing nearly a quarter of London's population.<p>It's taken a year to confirm initial findings from a suspected …

Archaeology