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Theranos Withdraws Zika Blood Test

By | September 1, 2016

The embattled company failed to include proper safeguards, according to federal regulators.

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Smart Skin Enables Magnetoreception

By | September 1, 2016

Researchers develop a wearable technology that can detect magnetic fields and translate the signal into a visual display—a first step toward equipping humans with an entirely new sense.

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Dogs Respond to Words and Inflection

By | August 31, 2016

Using an MRI scanner to examine how dogs’ brains process speech, researchers find that our canine companions hear both what we say and how we say it. 

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Stem Cells Drive Cancer Risk in Mice

By | August 26, 2016

Mutations that arise during stem cell division contribute to the development of cancers in a variety of organs, according to a study.

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UK Government Guarantees EU Funding

By | August 16, 2016

British scientists will continue to receive grants from the European Union, including its flagship program Horizon 2020.

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Polio Reemerges in Nigeria

By | August 15, 2016

Prior to last week’s announcement of newly confirmed cases, the country had been polio-free for two years.

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Why Female Orgasm Evolved

By | August 4, 2016

The phenomenon may have arisen to trigger hormonal surges and drive ovulation, scientists propose.

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Fecal Transplant Pill Fails Trial

By | August 1, 2016

Seres Therapeutics’s microbiome-targeting therapy for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection fails a Phase 2 clinical trial.

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Do Schizophrenic Brains Repair Themselves?

By | August 1, 2016

Preliminary research suggests that the brains of schizophrenia patients may regain tissue mass as the illness wears on.

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Additional #IceBucketChallenge Payoffs

By | July 28, 2016

Researchers identify a new ALS-associated gene thanks to funds generated by the social media challenge that went viral in summer 2014.

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