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Texas mom picks up British accent after surgery

While a Texas mom may not spend a lot of time eating chip buttys or tweed kettle pie, what has been coming out of her mouth is suddenly very, very English. According to a report from a local Houston TV…

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Gene editing tool CRISPR gets clearance for human trials

The genetic editing tool known as CRISPR has been described as a game changer, and in response to the groundbreaking results is has produced; the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has approved it for the first human clinical trial. The…

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Cancer can spread between shellfish species, study finds

We typically don’t think of cancer as a disease we can catch from another person, but that isn’t necessarily the case for animals living on the sea floor. According to a new study in the journal Nature, cancer can spread among…

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Lab-grown bone is a breakthrough for head and neck surgery

A groundbreaking technique to grow living bone in the lab could repair large defects in the head and face of patients suffering trauma, cancer surgery damage and congenital defects according to a study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Developed by…

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What’s in the future of water treatment? Flint’s crisis sparks an investigation

After months of news coverage talking about Flint, Michigan’s devastating state of emergency for finding lead in its drinking water, USA Today covered President Obama’s trip to Flint with this bit of relief to say: “if you’re using a filter,…

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Aggressive treatment successfully halts Multiple Sclerosis

A Canadian study on a limited number of patients has had incredible success in treating multiple sclerosis (MS), although with highly intensive and potentially fatal methods. The treatment involves chemotherapy followed by a stem cell transplant, which has been shown…

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The brain ist n’t only source of autism symptoms, study finds

For years, autism and neurodevelopmental disorders like it have been treated as though they were caused exclusively by issues with brain development, but new research published in the latest edition of the journal Cell suggests that there may be other…

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Geneticists announce plans to create an artificial human genome

A team of scientists including Harvard University geneticist George Church and Jef D. Boeke, the founding director of the Institute for Systems Genetics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, have announced a 10-year plan to create a synthetic human…

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Scientists discover how to convert skin cells into red blood cells, could revolutionize blood transfusions

European scientists have found a way to convert skin cells into red blood cells, potentially clearing a path to make blood transfusions much safer because blood could have a patient's own genetic code. All humans have a unique genetic code, and all cells…

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Infection resistant to our ‘antibiotic last resort’ reported in US

A 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman has become the first American to become infected with bacteria resistant to colistin, the antibiotic of last resort in treating such pathogens, researchers from the US Department of Defense revealed this week in a published report.…