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Japan mouse cloned 26 generations and still going

Japanese scientists have produced 26 generations of clones from a single mouse, the lead researcher said Friday, possibly paving the way for the mass replication of valuable livestock. The team have so far produced 598 mice that are genetic copies of one original creature in an experiment that has so…

Mice with human brain cells have improved memory, researchers find

Mice with human cells grafted into their brains outperform their normal counterparts on tests of learning and memory, according to new research. The findings, published today in the journal Cell Stem Cell, suggest that evolution of the human brain involved a major upgrade to long-neglected cells called astrocytes, and could…

Canada’s glaciers could shrink by a fifth by 2100

A fifth of Canada’s glaciers could be gone by the end of the century, a casualty of global warming that would drive a 1.4-inch (3.5-centimeter) rise in sea levels, a study found Thursday. “Even if we only assume moderate global warming, it is still highly likely that the ice is…

Research: Forced ultrasound doesn’t change women’s decision on abortion

Requiring women to receive an ultrasound and wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion does not change their decision. However, it does impose a significant burden on many women. That is according to a three-year study conducted by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project, a group comprised of researchers at the…

Bees pollinate better when they’re buzzing on caffeine

Turns out that bees, too, get a buzz off caffeine. It boosts their memory and makes them better pollinators, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science. Honeybees fed a sugar solution containing caffeine, which exists naturally in the nectar of coffee and citrus flowers, were three times…

The Earth is on track to to be the hottest it’s been in 11.3 millennia

The Earth is on track to becoming the hottest it has been at any time in the past 11.3 millennia, a period spanning the history of human civilization, a study published Thursday has found. Based on fossil samples and other data collected from 73 sites around the world, scientists have…

Scientists discover evidence of Earth-like oceans on Jupiter moon

The surface of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa may hide oceans of salty, Earth-like ocean water, say astronomers. According to New Scientist magazine, a fresh study of the sixth largest moon of the gas giant Jupiter revealed that its frozen surface is covered with formations of magnesium salts, the best evidence…

Russian scientists find new bacteria in Antarctic lake

Russian scientists believe they have found a wholly new type of bacteria in the mysterious subglacial Lake Vostok in Antarctica, the RIA Novosti news agency reported on Thursday. The samples obtained from the underground lake in May 2012 contained a bacteria which bore no resemblance to existing types, said Sergei…

Scientists use brain electrodes to treat anorexia

Scientists said Thursday they had, for the first time, helped women with severe anorexia through electrodes implanted into their brains. The technique is in an experimental phase and only some patients had improved, but the treatment showed promise, they wrote in the Lancet medical journal. After nine months, three of…

Study finds link between autoimmune diseases and salt

A high-salt diet may be a risk factor for autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS), according to three papers published in the journal Nature on Wednesday. Two of the studies showed that salt can induce the production of aggressive cells involved in autoimmune disease development in mice and humans, while…

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