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CDC: Flu Vaccine 36 Percent Effective So Far

By Catherine Offord | February 16, 2018

The vaccine shows better-than-expected effectiveness against the most common and most virulent strain of influenza in children under 9 years old.

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image: First Blood Test for Concussion Approved by FDA

First Blood Test for Concussion Approved by FDA

By Kerry Grens | February 16, 2018

The diagnostic measures two proteins indicative of brain injury.

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image: Researchers Produce Alpaca Antibodies Using Yeast

Researchers Produce Alpaca Antibodies Using Yeast

By Catherine Offord | February 14, 2018

With multiple applications in biomedicine, the antibodies can now be made quickly, cheaply, and without the need for an alpaca or one of its relatives.

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image: Proposed Federal Budget Slashes Funds to EPA, CDC

Proposed Federal Budget Slashes Funds to EPA, CDC

By Diana Kwon | February 13, 2018

Funds for the NIH and NSF would stay flat, while some agencies, including the FDA and NASA, would see increases.

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image: Primitive Human Eggs Grown to Full Maturity in the Lab

Primitive Human Eggs Grown to Full Maturity in the Lab

By Ashley Yeager | February 9, 2018

The technique could combat infertility, but it's still not clear whether these eggs are normal and functional.

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The Scientist speaks with a clinical toxicologist to discuss how the supplement acts in the brain and what the agency's declaration means for research.

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image: Biohacker Injects DIY Herpes Vaccine on Facebook Live

Biohacker Injects DIY Herpes Vaccine on Facebook Live

By Shawna Williams | February 5, 2018

The stunt, performed at a biohacking conference, was purportedly part of a two-subject trial of the genetically modified vaccine.

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The test uses levels of plasma amyloid-β to estimate the buildup of protein plaques in the brain.

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Pectin fragments may signal plant cells to maintain a type of growth suited to darkness.

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image: Viruses Related to Zika May Also Harm Fetuses

Viruses Related to Zika May Also Harm Fetuses

By Ruth Williams | January 31, 2018

Studies in mice suggest that other flaviviruses, such as West Nile virus and Powassan virus, may cause birth defects, too. 

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