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Fake tuberculosis drugs manufactured by both legitimate companies and fraudsters are rampant: survey

Africa, India and other developing countries are awash in fake or sub-standard drugs for tuberculosis, fuelling the rise of treatment-resistant strains of TB, according to a survey published on Tuesday. Investigators in the United States asked local people in 19 cities in 17 countries to purchase isoniazid and rifampicin, the…

Scientists ‘print’ 3D object with stem cells

Scientists on Monday said that for the first time they had printed 3D objects using human embryonic stem cells, furthering the quest to fabricate transplantable organs. Once fine-tuned, the technology should allow scientists to make three-dimensional human tissue in the lab, eliminating the need for organ donation or testing on…

NASA science balloon breaks longest flight record

After more than 55 days flying over Antarctica, NASA’s huge Super-TIGER scientific balloon has broken the record for the longest flight of its kind, bringing back a wealth of data, the US space agency said Monday. The Super-TIGER balloon spent 55 days, one hour and 34 minutes aloft at an…

Couch potatoes have lower sperm count

Men who watch television for 20 hours per week have almost half the sperm count of those who watch very little television or none at all, according to a study published on Tuesday. US researchers recruited 189 young men aged between 18 to 22, questioned them about their exercise, diet…

Richard III’s scarred skeleton becomes a battlefield for academics

As in 1485, once the death of the king was confirmed, the arguments started. Was the search for the man in the car park a stunt and a media circus, or a classic piece of research archaeology based on sound science, which opens a window on a period of history…

Study debunks notion that men and women are psychologically distinct

A first-of-its-kind study to be published in the February issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology has dealt a devastating blow to the notion that men and women are fundamentally different when it comes to how they think and act. “Although gender differences on average are not under…

Gene therapy in mice gives hope to the deaf

Scientists using gene therapy have partially restored hearing and balance in profoundly deaf mice, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Nature Medicine. The research, still in its early stages and restricted to lab animals, may open up new avenues for tackling Usher syndrome, an inherited form…

Most promising vaccine to replace TB jab doesn’t protect against the disease

PARIS — The most promising vaccine to replace the world’s 91-year-old tuberculosis jab does not protect against the disease, according to results released Monday of large-scale trials conducted among infants in South Africa. Doctors have had high hopes for the formula, known as MVA85A, as the existing Bacille-Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine…

Team recreating Shackleton’s 1916 Antarctic trip makes landfall

An exhausted British-Australian expedition recreating Ernest Shackleton’s 1916 crossing of the Southern Ocean in a small boat made landfall after a perilous 12-day journey. Led by renowned adventurer Tim Jarvis, the team of six reached Peggotty Bluff on rugged South Georgia, where they landed their vessel in the same place…

Confirmed: Richard III’s skull and skeleton found in British parking garage

British archaelogists hunting for the lost remains of King Richard III on Monday revealed the first image of a battle-scarred skull found at a car park ahead of what they said would be a “major announcement” about their findings. More than five centuries after the mediaeval king was killed in…

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