Illustration of light blue neurons with white amyloid plaques accumulating on their axons.
New Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Cognitive Decline in Clinical Trial
The Biogen-developed treatment, called lecanemab, appears to have a more clear-cut effect on slowing the disease than the company’s previous Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm.
New Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Cognitive Decline in Clinical Trial
New Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Cognitive Decline in Clinical Trial

The Biogen-developed treatment, called lecanemab, appears to have a more clear-cut effect on slowing the disease than the company’s previous Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm.

The Biogen-developed treatment, called lecanemab, appears to have a more clear-cut effect on slowing the disease than the company’s previous Alzheimer’s drug, Aduhelm.

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Lauren Gardner, this year's Lasker-Bloomberg Public Service Award winner, in front of the COVID-19 dashboard she helped create.
2022 Lasker Award Winners Announced
Katherine Irving | Sep 28, 2022
This year’s awards recognize work on integrins, noninvasive prenatal screening, and COVID-19 data-tracking.
A person stands on top of a large pile of books, staring down upon another person far away on the ground.
“Extreme Inequality” Entrenched in Academic Hiring: Study
Katherine Irving | Sep 23, 2022
The United States gets roughly an eighth of its tenure-track professors from just five institutions, according to an analysis of nearly 300,000 faculty.
A ball-and-stick plus ribbons molecular model of the hormone orexin, also known as hypocretin, isolated on a white background.
2023 Breakthrough Prizes Showcase Research in AI and Narcolepsy
Amanda Heidt | Sep 22, 2022
Three prizes were awarded to six researchers working across the life sciences on cellular organization, protein structure, and the genetic underpinnings of a chronic sleep disorder.
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Past Malaria Surges Linked to Amphibian Die-off
Andy Carstens | Sep 21, 2022
A study suggests that pathogens affecting other species can indirectly harm human health.
People in protective gear enter a building during an Ebola simulation exercise in Uganda in 2019. 
Uganda Declares Ebola Outbreak After Fatality
Katherine Irving | Sep 20, 2022
The outbreak of the Sudan strain of ebolavirus, which includes eight other suspected cases, is the first to hit Uganda in more than a decade.
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Thermo Fisher DNA Collection Kits Purchased by Police in Tibet
Katherine Irving | Sep 19, 2022
Government documents suggest that Chinese authorities continue to use Thermo Fisher supplies in mass collection of DNA from minority groups.
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Constipation’s Effect on Scorpion Sex Garners Biology Ig Nobel
Christie Wilcox | Sep 16, 2022
Other winners of this year’s prizes include research on the physics of ducklings and the therapeutic potential of ice cream.
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Daily Multivitamin May Slow Cognitive Decline in Seniors
Andy Carstens | Sep 14, 2022
Researchers caution that it’s too soon to recommend supplements based on the results of a new study.
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Journals Investigate Possible Misconduct in Heart Research
Catherine Offord | Sep 13, 2022
Scientific publishers get involved in a scandal at Temple University that has so far produced one retraction for image manipulation, a university-led investigation, and a lawsuit by one of the researchers involved.
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Renee Wegrzyn Tapped to Head ARPA-H
Andy Carstens | Sep 12, 2022
As the new agency’s director, the DARPA veteran will spearhead a high-risk, high-reward approach to biomedical research.
A surgical mask next to an open pill bottle that’s toppled over, spilling out red capsules meant to represent vitamin D supplements.
Vitamin D Likely Doesn’t Prevent COVID-19, Studies Find
Dan Robitzski | Sep 9, 2022
The results from two large clinical trials don't support the idea that supplements of the vitamin bolster immune defenses against SARS-CoV-2.
blue-gloved hands injecting mouse with syringe
Sex of Researcher Influences Ketamine’s Effects in Mice: Study
Shawna Williams | Sep 8, 2022
The findings likely have implications for animal research far beyond the study of antidepressants.
A 3D rendering of a neuron
Independent FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Approving ALS Drug
Amanda Heidt | Sep 8, 2022
The group’s 7-2 ruling in favor of the therapeutic represents a shift from previous deliberations, in which data on its effectiveness was deemed insufficient.
Lower part of a skeleton with the left foot missing
31,000-Year-Old Skeleton Reveals Oldest Known Surgery
Christie Wilcox | Sep 7, 2022
A Stone Age individual’s left leg healed after being amputated just above the foot, allowing them to survive for six to nine years after the procedure was performed, researchers say.
A photograph of Christine Guthrie and Hiten Madhani
RNA Pioneer Christine Guthrie Dies at 77
Amanda Heidt | Sep 1, 2022
Guthrie established foundational concepts in the field of pre-mRNA splicing during her career at the University of California, San Francisco.
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New Australian Center Will Develop Therapies for Future Pandemics
Shawna Williams | Aug 31, 2022
Launched with a $172 million philanthropic donation and funds from the state of Victoria, the Melbourne-based research institute aims to construct drug discovery platforms to speed the introduction of new therapies.
Small vaccine bottles on a conveyer belt
Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 Omicron Boosters Get OK from the FDA
Catherine Offord | Aug 31, 2022
The immunizations are designed to target the latest Omicron subvariants, and are only authorized for people who have already received their primary vaccinations.
Approved grant abstract with hype words
Major, Groundbreaking Increase in Hype in Grant Applications
Christie Wilcox | Aug 30, 2022
Projects funded by the National Institutes of Health increasingly employ subjective and promotional language in describing research, a study finds.
Profile view of a newborn piglet being held by a veterinarian dressed in green.
Federal Investigators Probe Possible Misconduct in Pig Research
Dan Robitzski | Aug 30, 2022
A quintet of research papers, all involving subjecting newborn piglets to brain damage, have been retracted because the data can’t be substantiated.