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Does discussing suicide make people feel more suicidal?

It’s feared asking someone whether they’re considering taking their own life when they seem desperate could make them feel worse. But do studies bear out peoples' concerns?<p>Asking someone whether they’re considering taking their own life when they seem desperate is never going to be easy. It’s not …

Genetics may bring out the dark side of antidepressants

A new test uses genetic data to fight patients' risk of drug-reactive suicide<p>For years, it's been a controversial side effect of antidepressants: for all the patients helped by the drugs, there was a smaller cohort for whom the beginning of treatment triggered a descent into thoughts of suicide. …

Contact with protein dooms traveling cancer cells - Futurity

Attaching a cancer-killer protein to white blood cells, annihilates metastasizing cancer cells traveling throughout the bloodstream, new research …

New partnership kicks off blockbuster genetic study on over 100,000 patients

One of the largest genetic studies in the United States is set to occur over the next five years, analyzing over 100,000 patients' DNA in an attempt to link genes with human diseases, disorders, and other medical conditions. The study will be run by pharmaceutical maker Regeneron in a partnership …

New revelations on controversial stem-cell foundation in Italy

Following the leak last month of a treatment protocol for a controversial stem-cell therapy earmarked for a clinical trial to be sponsored by the …

3 Amazing Coincidences in Our Solar System: What Could They Mean?

1. Ancient astronomy seems to predict knowledge of atoms only discovered in 1913<p>In antiquity, the planets were associated with seven known metals. …

2014: The Year In Science

The 20 ideas, trends, and breakthroughs that will shape our world in 2014<p><b>Lasers Unleash A Flood Of Space Data</b><p>In January 2013, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter received a historic transmission: an image of the <i>Mona Lisa</i>. It was the first time scientists used a laser to send data to the moon, a feat …

Q: Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads When Confused?

A: No. At least not exactly.<p>It's one of the dog's cutest behaviors: when a dog appears to be listening or concentrating intently, it will sometimes …

Biologists uncover a new clue to messenger RNA decay - Futurity

A new discovery about chemical modifications on messenger RNA could offer insights into disorders such as obesity, diabetes, and infertility.

Why viruses and bacteria trigger different immune responses - Futurity

Scientists have identified a key difference in the way our immune systems respond to viral and bacterial pathogens.

Biology

New DNA supercomputer promises radically cheaper genome tests

A new DNA supercomputer is promising to deliver radically cheaper genome sequencing, a shift that could spur research and broader adoption of the tests. Illumina's latest model is designed to process 20,000 samples a year, with costs potentially as low as $1,000, a milestone the genetics industry …

Officials Don’t Really Know How Dangerous the Chemical Spilled in West Virginia Is

There was no shortage of confusion when news broke in West Virginia on Jan. 9 about a chemical spill that contaminated water for 300,000 people …

Harnessing the sun’s energy during the day for use at night

“It’s not practical to talk about powering a planet with energy stored in batteries. It’s more reasonable to store energy in the chemical bonds of …