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NYC’s Pathogen-Riddled Rats

By | October 15, 2014

Researchers find more than a dozen brand new viruses lurking in rodents inhabiting the Big Apple.

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US Nurse Contracts Ebola

By | October 14, 2014

Despite wearing protective gear, a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who helped treat the first US Ebola patient has tested positive for the virus.

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Fecal Pill Treats Gut Infection

By | October 11, 2014

In a preliminary study, patients with recurring Clostridium difficile infections found relief from diarrhea by ingesting frozen fecal matter from healthy volunteers.

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Baby Born from Transplanted Womb

By | October 6, 2014

A woman in Sweden gives birth to a healthy baby boy after carrying the child in a transplanted uterus for 32 weeks.

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Like the Mississippi child that was thought to have beaten HIV after aggressive anti-retroviral treatment, detectable levels of the virus return in an Italian child who received similar therapy.

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Chimp Culture Caught on Camera

By | October 1, 2014

Researchers have captured footage of wild chimpanzees teaching each other to use tools, lending support to the idea that humans aren’t the only primates to engage in social learning.

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Nigeria Clears Ebola?

By | October 1, 2014

After nearly two dozen cases of the deadly disease, Africa’s most populous country appears to have stopped the virus in its tracks.

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Antibiotics Linked to Childhood Obesity

By | October 1, 2014

Taking multiple courses of common antibiotics before the age of 2 may increase a child’s risk of obesity.

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CRISPR Knock-in Mouse Debuts

By | September 29, 2014

Researchers have created a line of model mice that naturally express Cas9, paving the way for rapid precision gene-editing.

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GeneHub’s Crowdfunding Flub

By | September 29, 2014

A campaign to build a direct-to-consumer genome sequencing service pulls the plug after two days of fundraising.

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