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Breakthrough: High pressure oxygen chambers repair ‘significant’ stroke damage

If you or someone you love have suffered a stroke and been forced into disability, a new breakthrough made by doctors at Tel Aviv University appears to offer hope for a “significant” level of recovery in the near future. Clinical trials conducted by Dr. Shai Efrati found that sitting inside…

Genetic analysis reveals how wolves evolved into dogs

Genetic sequencing of wolves and domesticated dogs has revealed a key insight into how that evolutionary change happened, finding that it has to do more with human diets than previously expected. To many dog owners, it probably won’t come as a surprise that food motivation has been a key driver…

Shakespeare’s sonnets and MLK audio file stored in DNA

All 154 Shakespeare sonnets have been spelled out in DNA to demonstrate the vast potential of genetic data storage His words have touched the lovelorn and been pored over by brooding teenagers for more than four hundred years, but now some of the most romantic poems ever penned have been…

Antibiotic-resistant diseases pose ‘apocalyptic’ threat, top expert says

Britain’s most senior medical adviser has warned MPs that the rise in drug-resistant diseases could trigger a national emergency comparable to a catastrophic terrorist attack, pandemic flu or major coastal flooding. Dame Sally Davies, the chief medical officer, said the threat from infections that are resistant to frontline antibiotics was…

Scientists resume controversial mutant bird flu research

Scientists who created a mutant bird flu virus said Wednesday they will resume the controversial research after taking a 12-month break to allay fears of the bug escaping the lab or falling into terrorist hands. Citing a “public health responsibility” to continue the work, the teams said research will resume…

Archaeologists uncover new fox species in South Africa

Archaeologists digging outside Johannesburg have unearthed a fossilised species of previously unknown fox, which they hope will help flesh out the evolutionary journey of modern canines. The new species — named Vulpes Skinneri after South African ecologist John Skinner — is thought to have lived about two million years ago.…

British scientists announce breakthrough in turning DNA into data storage

Scientists in Britain on Wednesday announced a breakthrough in the quest to turn DNA into a revolutionary form of data storage. A speck of man-made DNA can hold mountains of data that can be freeze-dried, shipped and stored, potentially for thousands of years, they said. The contents are “read” by…

Japanese researchers grow kidney tissue from stem cells

Researchers in Japan said Wednesday they have succeeded in growing human kidney tissue from stem cells for the first time in a potential breakthrough for millions with damaged organs who are dependent on dialysis. Kidneys have a complex structure that is not easily repaired once damaged, but the latest findings…

DNA study traces ancestry of Native Americans to Beijing

Present-day Asians and Native Americans are descended from a group of people who were already in China 40,000 years ago, according to an analysis of fossil DNA published this week. The genetic analysis showed that the early modern humans in Beijing had already diverged genetically from the ancestors of modern-day…

Epilepsy drug has long-term effect on child IQ: study

A drug found to affect the cognitive ability of toddlers born to women who took the medication for epilepsy has a longer-term impact on their IQ, a study said on Wednesday. Researchers in the United States carried out follow-up tests among the same group of children whose investigation in 2009…

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