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Scientists made 4 clones of Dolly the sheep — here's what happened to them all

University of NottinghamOn July 5, 1996, Dolly the sheep became the world's first ovine (sheepy) superstar.She was the first mammal successfully …

What's the Big Deal About the Chickenpox?

You may have heard the news last week that a 51-year-old San Diego man died of the chickenpox. This news shocked a number of people who aren’t used …

Dan Mullen's Adidas Yeezy Boost 750s are the best shoes at SEC Media Days

Dan Mullen's got a new pair of Yeezy's on for the second year in a row in Hoover<p>Dan Mullen spent his final vacation day carving up the wake in a …

Anesthesia steals consciousness in stages

The brain doesn’t really go out like a light when anesthesia kicks in. Nor does neural activity gradually dim, a new study in monkeys reveals. …

We asked hundreds of scientists what they’d change about science. Here are 33 of our favorite responses.

We recently asked scientists a simple question: If you could change one thing about how science works today, what would it be and why?<p>We heard back from 270 scientists around the world, including graduate students, senior professors, laboratory heads, and Fields Medalists. And they told us that in …

University of California

Fecal Transplants Can Be Life-Saving, but How?

A fecal transplant is exactly what it sounds like: To treat certain gut disorders, doctors transfer stool from a healthy donor to a sick patient.<p>Just a few years ago, only a few doctors turned to fecal transplants, typically as a last resort. But in randomized trials, the procedure has proved …

Seeing the upside in gene drives’ fatal flaw

<b>ORLANDO, FLA.</b> — What some people view as a flaw in a new genetic-engineering tool might actually be a safety feature, a study suggests.<p>CRISPR/Cas9 …

Gonorrhea May Soon Be Resistant to all Antibiotics

Gonorrhea may soon become untreatable.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday that the wily Neisseria gonorrhoeae bacteria …

Washington, D.C. Is Now Partially Powered By Sewage

This has nothing to do with politics<p>Politics might get dirty in D.C, but the nation's capitol is making sure that even the dirtiest solid waste is getting cleaned up into green, renewable energy.<p>This week, utility company D.C. Water unveiled a brand new bioenergy facility that turns D.C. residents' …

Lyme Disease Treatment Would Prevent Infection, Researchers Say

Health news<p>Researchers working to develop a way to prevent Lyme disease say they’ve had promising results with an unusual approach that stimulates the immune system to ward off infection.<p>They’ve developed a lab-engineered antibody that they say could protect against Lyme for a whole season. Tests …

Lyme Disease

The Bacterial Cloud We All Carry Could Be As Unique As A Fingerprint

Scientists have discovered that everyone emits their own "microbiome cloud," a plume of the microbes we all carry around in and on our bodies.<p>Transcript<p>LOURDES GARCIA-NAVARRO, HOST:<p>All of us, no matter how together we are, are walking around in a fog - or rather, a cloud formed by millions of …

Deadly Pig Virus May Have Sneaked Into US On Reusable Bags

Science & InnovationGermination<p>How diseases cross borders can be a dark mystery. It’s never been clear, for instance, just how West Nile virus arrived in the United States in 1999. Researchers think they know why clusters of malaria cases occur around international airports, but no one has proved …

Monitoring antibiotics cuts kids’ risk of C. diff

Children in the hospital are three times less likely to become sick with <i>Clostridium difficile</i>, a serious bacterial infection, when the hospital takes …

Giants' Daniel Fells Could Lose His Foot Due To MRSA Infection

On Sunday night, the New York Giants celebrated a thrilling 30-27 win over the San Francisco 49ers.<p>But one player wasn't there to join in the jubilation.<p>Tight end Daniel Fells was in an hospital intensive care unit, suffering from a MRSA infection so severe it may require the amputation of his …

New York Giants

Are viruses alive? New evidence says yes

Evolutionary history suggests they evolved from ancient cells<p>Influenza, SARS, Ebola, HIV, the common cold. All of us are quite familiar with these names. They are viruses—a little bit of genetic material (DNA or RNA) encapsulated in a protein coat. But what we don’t really understand, and what …

FYI: Why Do I Poop More When I Have My Period?

I mean, it's not just me, right?<p>The answer is prostaglandins. These are the chemical signals girls' and women's bodies make and send to the uterus to tell it to contract, thus expelling the uterine lining at the end of the menstrual cycle. Prostaglandins aren't super picky about whom they talk to, …

Who Is The Master Of Your Microbial Domain?

Your microbiome may not be pulling all the strings<p>It’s become something of a catchphrase: bacteria outnumber us ten to one. That in itself is a bit of a misnomer as it’s only about three-to-one; your body has about 37 trillion cells while there are estimated to be about 100 trillion microbes. Even …

Immune System

POV: If Vultures Ate You, Here’s What You’d See

How DNA detectives are helping solve the rise of superbug

DNA sequencing could be the key to quickly and cheaply identifying pathogen strains, as well as tracking routes of transmission and monitoring mutations<p>It is now 12 years since the first set of genetic instructions in a human was sequenced. Many of our hopes for using knowledge about the human …

MERS Cases Increasing in Saudi Arabia, And The Hajj Is Coming

Science & InnovationGermination<p>When last we checked in on the elusive disease MERS—Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, caused by a virus related to the cause of the worldwide SARS epidemic in 2003—it had been brewing in the Gulf states for three years, but was triggering international alarm because …

MERS

9,000 DNA samples hint at biology of PCOS

Generations of women have inherited polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which causes reproductive and metabolic health problems for millions around the …

July 2015 was warmest month ever recorded

Last month’s average global temperature was the all-time highest monthly temperature since record-keeping began in 1880.<p>The July 2015 average …

Global Warming

Super head lice warning as scientists discover almost all species are resistant to treatments

As the new school term looms, parents will be alarmed to know that nits are increasingly resistant to the most popular treatments<p>Head lice are becoming immune to common treatments, scientists have revealed, meaning parents are fighting a losing battle with nits in their children's hair.<p>With the …

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

By Amy Ellis Nutt<p>Amy Ellis Nutt<p>Reporter covering neuroscience and mental health<p>Email Bio Follow<p>“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels …

Immune System

Why Climate Change Is Likely Bringing the Plague Back to Yosemite National Park

As the globe gets wetter, climate change has an unexpected role in reintroducing the lethal plague, which has produced several similar infections already this year in the Western United States.<p>Well, this can't be good.<p>A second person to visit California's Yosemite National Park has been diagnosed …

FDA demands Kim Kardashian remove Instagram pill ad

The FDA sent Kim Kardashian a warning letter last week, demanding that she remove an Instagram post in which she endorsed a bottle of Diclegis morning sickness pills but failed to mention any of the potential side effects associated with the product. Kardashian is a paid promoter of the product, …

Ivory DNA pinpoints Africa’s elephant poachers

Roughly 50,000 African elephants are now being killed each year from a population of fewer than 500,000 animals.<p>Poaching is driving these iconic …

World’s First Malaria Vaccine Takes Another Step Forward

It's far from a miracle drug, though<p>The world’s first malaria vaccine was given a positive opinion by the European Medicines Agency--Europe’s drug regulator, comparable to the FDA--according to an announcement made today by GlaxoSmithKline, the vaccine’s maker. The positive review does not mean …