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Can a common cold virus lead to asthma?

Scientists have long suspected that respiratory viruses—the sort that cause common colds or bronchitis—play a critical role in chronic lung diseases …

Common Cold

CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene editing in human tripronuclear zygotes

Balakier H (1993) Tripronuclear human zygotes: the first cell cycle and subsequent development. Hum Reprod 8:1892–1897

Baltimore BD, Berg P, Botchan …


Scientists genetically modify human embryos in controversial world first

Scientists in China have genetically modified human embryos in a world first that has re-ignited the debate over the ethics and safety of genetic therapies that have the potential to prevent inherited diseases.

The work raises fresh questions over whether restrictions should be placed on a new wave …

Life Sciences

Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers

The simple act of thinking can accelerate the growth of many brain tumors.

That's the conclusion of a paper in Cell published Thursday that showed how activity in the cerebral cortex affected high-grade gliomas, which represent about 80 percent of all malignant brain tumors in people.

"This tumor is …

The Brain

To Get Rid Of Mitochondrial Diseases, Just Edit Them Out Of DNA

A possible alternative to controversial three-parent babies

While mitochondrial DNA transfers, or “three-parent babies,” are now legal in the United Kingdom, the debate (largely an ethical one) is still ongoing in the United States. According to a study published today in Cell, researchers at the …


Hopes raised for new genetic therapy to prevent inherited diseases

Researchers in the US have raised hopes for a simple genetic therapy that could prevent devastating diseases being passed on from mothers to their children.

A team at the Salk Institute in California demonstrated in mice that a single injection into embryos could rewrite faults in the DNA of …

Life Sciences

Transparent findings? 'Invisible' people less anxious, say scientists

The possibilities open to a person rendered invisible have been well explored in the worlds of science fiction and philosophy, not to mention the minds of adolescents.

Now neuroscientists in Sweden have simulated the effect using virtual reality and found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that the sensation …

Virtual Reality

40,000-year-old teeth suggest an ancient culture belonged to humans, not Neanderthals

Tens of thousands of years ago, the rise of humanity as we know it began. Modern humans spread from Africa to Europe and Asia, which were already populated by older Neanderthal cultures. The two groups interbred, adding some Neanderthal DNA to our present-day genes. The relatively sophisticated …


Tinnitus mapped inside human brain

For the first time, signals relating to the constant ringing noise of tinnitus have been mapped across the brain of a patient undergoing surgery.

In this rare case, a man with tinnitus was being monitored to trace his epileptic seizures, with 164 electrodes placed directly onto his brain.

Researchers …

The Brain

The ADHD Fallacy: It’s Time To Stop Treating Childhood as a Disease

How did our image of childhood evolve so that behaviors once considered normal are now considered a disorder?

I met Aiden in 2008 when he was seven years old. The previous year, he had moved with his family from New York to California, and the transition had been difficult. He missed his friends in …


China shocks world by genetically engineering human embryos

Critics warned that China was becoming the ‘Wild West’ of genetic research

China has been ordered to ‘rein in’ scientists who have edited the DNA of human embryos for the first time, a practice banned in Europe.

In a world’s first, researchers at the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou confirmed they …


Remote tribe has antibiotic resistance genes

Scientists have found antibiotic resistance genes in the bacterial flora of a South American tribe who have never been exposed to antibiotic …


New Ebola Drug Matches Epidemic Strain in West Africa

A tweaked version of an experimental Ebola drug can save monkeys already sick with fever from the virus, researchers reported Wednesday.

The drug is matched precisely to the strain of Ebola that's ravaged West Africa. It's infected more than 26,000 people and killed more than 10,000 of them in the …


Chance of being bitten by mosquito is written in genes

Some people are just more likely to be attacked no matter how much insect repellent they slap on, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine has found

As the summer approaches it is probably the last thing anyone wants to hear.

But scientists have found that the chance of being bitten by a …

Scientific Research

Team discovers new type of embryonic stem cell

While trying to grow placenta cells, researchers made a surprising discovery: a previously unknown form of human embryonic stem cell.“These new …

Life Sciences

To prevent diabetes, one-size-fits-all won't work

To prevent diabetes, one-size-fits-all won’t work

Groups of adults at risk for diabetes harbor different perceptions of the disease, say researchers. …


Kids who survive cancer live with pain and anxiety

The number of adults who have survived childhood cancer in the United States has increased—but they face chronic health problems related to their …


Genetic testing for breast cancer gets more affordable

Genetic tests for cancer can run thousands of dollars, but Color Genomics plans to change that: it's offering testing for the cancer risk variants BRCA1 and BRCA2 — as well as 17 others — for $249, starting today. By comparison, Myriad Genetics' similar test costs about $4,000.

Unlike …


Scientists Target New Painkillers From Spider Venom

Scientists in Australia, home to some of the most poisonous creatures on Earth, have made an important discovery about spider venom that eventually could lead to a new class of painkillers.

Spiders use their venom to immobilize or kill their prey. Researchers from the University of Queensland …

Scientific Research

Grooves let sperm, not pathogens, get ‘upstream’

In mammalian reproduction, sperm have a tough task: like trout heading upstream, they have to swim against a current through a convoluted female …


Gonorrhea uses 'pump' to resist antibiotics

Gonorrhea uses ‘pump’ to resist antibiotics

When gonorrhea bacteria detect an antibiotic, scientists suspect they use a protein to “pump it out” and …


Common athlete's foot cream 'could reverse multiple sclerosis'

US researchers found that the drug miconazole instructs stem cells in the brain to repair the nerve damage of MS

A common athlete’s foot cream sold over the counter at most chemists could cure multiple sclerosis, scientists believe.

In what was described as a ‘paradigm shift’ in treating the …

Multiple Sclerosis

Primates’ precision grip may be nothing new

Our oldest known ancestors may have had precision grip capabilities comparable to modern humans.Using measurements of the digits’ segments, …


Virus hiding in our genome protects early human embryos

We may owe our survival and complexity to a stowaway virus that springs to life in the very first cells of human embryos. Not only does the virus …

Life Sciences

How Music Shields a Child’s Psyche in a Time of War

A few Palestinian children protect themselves from trauma and stress by playing the violin and other instruments.

RAMALLAH—The white van, carrying young musicians riding home from a concert in Bethlehem, suddenly came upon a military barrier erected hastily in the road. “halt!” commanded a sign in …

Irish Music

Chemistry set pencils can turn life-saving tests into child’s play

This piece was first published on The Conversation

If you’ve ever sat opposite a doctor and wondered what she was scribbling on her notepad, the answer may soon not only be medical notes on your condition, but real-time chemical preparations for an instant diagnostic test.

Thanks to the work of a …


A day in the life of a fertility unit and the intimate moment a child is conceived

Alex Gwynn and Rebecca Swan are in a hot, windowless room with low-level amber lighting and, fittingly enough, Rebecca is holding the egg and Alex is clutching the sperm. Both carry their precious gametes respectfully, even reverently, towards the microscopic theatre where a new life is hopefully …


Meet the Women Scientists of TIME 100

These five most influential women are pioneers in the field of science and medicine

It will surprise no one to learn that women are vastly underrepresented in the field of science. But in this year’s TIME 100, five outstanding women who are making huge strides in the fields of medicine, genetics, and …

Women in Science