Lucy McGarry

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East London genome project to track down beneficial genes

Study to sequence genes of 100,000 people from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities to identify genes resilient to heart disease, diabetes and cancer<p>Scientists are planning to sequence the genes of 100,000 south Asian people in London, in an ambitious project to track down rare beneficial genes …

Q&A: Why It's Important to Protect a Vast Marine Monument

Ocean scientist Elliott Norse says the Pacific remote islands deserve the new protection announced by the White House.<p>On Wednesday night, the White House announced that it is expanding an existing marine monument around seven U.S.-controlled islands and atolls in the central Pacific, making it the …

Giant African Rats Detect Land Mines and TB for a Living

Credit: APOPO<p>So yesterday, I adopted an unborn land-mine-detecting African giant pouched rat (<i>Cricetomys gambianus</i>) from Tanzania. Did I spend 20 …

Ebola - It's Far, Far Worse Than You Thought

Ebola could kill a million people by the end of January, disaster planners warned this week as experts said the disease might become endemic and clinics started turning away victims.<p>The US is sending 400,000 home care kits with protective gowns, masks, gloves, chlorine and medicines to Liberia, the …

Exercise as a prescription for depression: Here's how it works

We all know that lacing up and breaking a sweat is good for our mood, and that exercise can feel like a lifeline when the stresses of life threaten to engulf us. But how a pounding workout helps lift us from the encroaching gloom was a mystery -- until now.<p>Using mice that were stressed to the point …

Hungary’s Cold War battle with polio

Trapped by conflict and scarred by a failed revolution, Hungary fought one of its greatest battles against the crippling disease, as Penny Bailey discovered.<p>Kisvarda, Hungary, 1954. The summer night was warm, the road outside deserted. No one drove any more unless they were secret police or …

How faecal transplantation is gaining credibility

Many find the idea of faecal, or poo transplants disgusting. However a growing body of evidence suggests this could be a lifesaver, as Bryn Nelson reports.<p>This is how far a mother will go.<p>Your daughter has been sick for more than four years with a severe autoimmune disease that has left her colon …

Giant rats that can sniff out TB

Scientists have trained the much-maligned rodent to detect tuberculosis much quicker than humans. What is it that makes a rat's sense of smell so much better than ours?<p>Derided as dirty, dangerous and diseased, if there is one creature that tops the list of people's most hated animal, it is the rat. …

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Do animals like drugs and alcohol?

Is it true that elephants, monkeys, dolphins and other animals seek out recreational highs in nature? Jason G Goldman investigates.<p>In South Africa, local legend has it that the elephants like to get drunk. They seek out the marula tree, overindulge on its sweet fruits, and enjoy the intoxicating …

Beating brain tumours with a scorpion sting paint

Brain surgery is one of the most delicate operations a surgeon can perform. But soon they could be able to paint tumours to make them easier to see – thanks to one of nature’s deadliest venoms. (WARNING: Contains graphic footage of medical procedures)<p>Dealing with brain tumours can be tricky. …

Can meditation help prevent the effects of ageing?

Can meditation really slow down the effects of age? One Nobel Prize-winner is finding the scientific in the spiritual, writes Jo Marchant.<p>It’s seven in the morning on the beach in Santa Monica, California. The low sun glints off the waves and the clouds are still golden from the dawn. The view …

Ebola: How easily do germs spread on planes?

The Ebola outbreak is stoking fears of a deadly virus spreading across the world through air travel. We talked to experts to discover the risks of catching the disease mid-flight.<p>Are plane cabins hotbeds of disease? Frequent flyers are often on guard against sneezing or coughing co-passengers, in …

The truth about smart drugs

Are we asking the right questions about pills designed to boost brainpower? Marek Kohn looks at what they can do for us – and what they can’t.<p>“You know how they say that we can only access 20% of our brain?” says the man who offers stressed-out writer Eddie Morra a fateful pill in the 2011 film …

How long has mankind been waging germ warfare?

Humans have been using disease as a weapon of war for thousands of years. BBC Factomania looks at the history of our arsenal of germs.<p>The average cough creates a cloud of more than 3,000 moisture droplets that hang in the air for hours.<p>And bodily fluids can harbour some nasty stuff. Take, for …

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The amateur geneticist who surprised science

Kim Goodsell is unlucky enough to have two very rare diseases. Her doctors blamed coincidence, but was it? She taught herself genetics to find out, and as she tells Ed Yong, no-one expected what she would discover.<p>Kim Goodsell was running along a mountain trail when her left ankle began turning …

Bottle feeding changes infant’s immune system

Infant rhesus monkeys that are breast fed develop distinct immune systems from those that are fed formula from a bottle, a new study shows.<p>While …

New plan avoids mud dumping in Barrier Reef Park