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How One Woman Deciphered Her Own Genetic Mutation

As access to medical information becomes more democratized, patients have new power to investigate their problems.<p>Kim Goodsell was running along a mountain trail when her left ankle began turning inward, unbidden. A few weeks later she started having trouble lifting her feet properly near the end …

Ebola In The Skies? How The Virus Made It To West Africa

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the most explosive in history. One reason the virus spread so fast is that West Africa was blindsided. Ebola had never erupted in people anywhere close to West Africa before.<p>The type of Ebola causing the outbreak — called Zaire — is the deadliest strain. Until …

This Pill Can Stop HIV

So why is no one taking it?<p>The drug that could end the HIV pandemic is already here. Branded Truvada, this pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) prevents HIV infection by blocking the virus’s ability to replicate. “It’s a big deal,” says Robert Grant, a leading HIV/AIDS investigator at the University of …

Gene therapy comes of age: We can now edit entire genomes to cure diseases - ExtremeTech

By on April 1, 2014 at 11:02 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>For a long time, people thought HIV …

Genetics

The next frontier in 3-D printing: Human organs

The emerging process of 3-D printing, which uses computer-created digital models to create real-world objects, has produced everything from toys to jewelry to food.<p>Soon, however, 3-D printers may be spitting out something far more complex, and controversial: human organs.<p>For years now, medical …

Self-healing engineered muscle grown in the laboratory

Biomedical engineers have grown living skeletal muscle that looks a lot like the real thing. It contracts powerfully and rapidly, integrates into …

Why do leaves change colour in autumn?

The days are getting shorter and deciduous trees are turning red, orange, yellow and brown - it must be autumn! The Geeky Gardener explains the …

How does your memory work?

Why don’t you remember names instantly and what’s the best way to improve your powers of recollection? This video explains all.<p>To remember something your brain goes through the following process:<p>First your brain consciously registers the memory, a process called encoding. The reason most people …

The Brain

More than half of Africa is at risk of deadly malaria, despite funding surge

Study shows that global control efforts have reduced transmission rates, yet risks remain high<p>Global funding for malaria control has risen dramatically over the past decade, thanks to campaigns from aid groups and prominent advocates, but according to a new study, efforts to combat the disease have …

Nazis Studied Using Mosquitoes As Biological Weapons

The study confirms "the existence of an offensive biological warfare research programme in Nazi Germany."<p>In January of 1942, Heinrich Himmler ordered the opening of an entomological laboratory in the Dachau concentration camp in southeastern Germany. But why? The stated purpose of the institute was …

Simple New Way Of Creating Stem Cells Undergoes Investigation

Independent scientists are having trouble reproducing the exciting new results. The "easy" stem-cell-making method may not be so easy after all.<p>A recent, major milestone in stem cell research is undergoing some double checks.<p>As we reported, just a few weeks ago, a team of Japanese and U.S. …

More Evidence Shows Whooping Cough Evolving In Response To Its Vaccine

Pertussis vaccines seem to require booster shots sooner than they used to. Could evolution explain why?<p>Whooping cough is evolving in response to its vaccine. Want proof? In a new study, researchers found 30 percent of whooping cough bacteria in Australia have evolved.<p>We've reported on the evolution …