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Zika virus epidemic: Should the United States be worried?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard of the Zika virus: a mosquito-borne pathogen which can also be transferred through sexual contact with an infected person. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Zika…

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Four Zika virus cases in Florida unrelated to travel

Florida health officials recently announced they were investigating four cases of the Zika virus that don't appear to be related to travel. "Evidence is mounting to suggest local transmission via mosquitoes is going on in South Florida," said CDC spokesman Tom…

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Cockroach Milk: The world’s next superfood?

If you’re looking for a protein rich beverage to wash down those avocados and blueberries, you might want to consider cockroach milk, as researchers at the Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India report that it could…

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How many people will catch Zika? New model has the answer.

New research published in the journal Nature Microbiology has found the number of Zika infections in the current epidemic should peak at around 93 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean, including 1.6 million childbearing women. In the news…

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Team creates shape-shifting medical microbots

The protozoan Trypanosoma brucei causes African sleeping sickness and the disease was so prevalent at one point, it made parts of Africa uninhabitable. But now, the microorganism is serving as a model for Swiss-based engineers developing a new class of…

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China plans to treat lung-cancer patients with genetic modification

Chinese researchers have announced their intention to treat lung-cancer patients with cells that have been modified using CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing method, which would mark the first time that the controversial technique had been used to alter the DNA of adult human…

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UK doctors complete first ever double hand transplant

Doctors in the United Kingdom have announced a successful “double hand transplant” – the first time such an operation has ever been completed in that country. The patient, Chris King, 57, lost both hands up to his thumbs in an…

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Silk Road ‘Poop sticks’ show how diseases traveled in ancient times

It turns out travelers along the Silk Road spread more than culture as a new analysis of ancient feces has revealed the diseases these travelers carried across a continent. The Silk Road rose to prominence about 2,100 years ago as a…

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Three-drug combos could help treat antibiotic-resistant bacteria

A team of UCLA scientists has identified a cocktail of three different drugs that, while unable to treat resistant bacterial infections on their own, could be combined to overcome resistance of these life-threatening pathogens to antibiotics, according to a recently-published…

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New brain map uncovers 100 new regions

Using data from a massive brain study consortium, researchers have developed an extensive map of the cerebral cortex – the outermost stratum of the brain and the preeminent structure for sensory perception and attention, as well as uniquely human functions…