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Manipulating Eggs to Avoid Disease

By | June 13, 2012

A United Kingdom ethics council approves altering human egg cells, which could allow doctors to correct mitochondrial disease in IVF patients.


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African Cholera Vaccine Trial

By | June 12, 2012

For the first time, an oral cholera vaccine is used to control an active epidemic of the bacterial disease.


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Older Dads Have Healthier Kids?

By | June 11, 2012

New research finds that older men have children and grandchildren with longer telomeres, possibly pointing to health benefits of delayed reproduction.


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The Fungus Among Us

By | June 11, 2012

Researchers find a slew of new fungal species inhabiting the human gut, and suggest a link to an inflammatory bowel disease.

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A Greener Arctic

By | June 11, 2012

Algal blooms are appearing under the ice in the Arctic Ocean in areas thought to receive too little light to support photosynthetic life.


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Autistic Fish?

By | June 7, 2012

Minnows living in water with psychoactive pharmaceuticals have autism-like gene expression profiles, pointing to an environmental trigger for the disorder.


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$18M Grant to Be Re-reviewed

By | June 1, 2012

A Texas cancer institute is taking a second look at the largest grant it ever awarded after concerns were raised that the proposal never received proper scientific review.


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Famed Geneticist Dies

By | May 31, 2012

David Rimoin, a medical geneticist and the founding president of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics, passes away at age 75.


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Breast Milk Antibodies Fight HIV

By | May 30, 2012

The anti-HIV antibodies from mothers carrying HIV could be used to help develop a vaccine.


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Food's Afterlife

By | May 25, 2012

Meals left to mold develop colors, mycelia, and beads of digested juices, sparking the eye of an artist, and the slight concern of a mycologist.


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