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Merk suffers setback on lung cancer treatment

German pharmaceuticals maker Merck KGaA said Tuesday it is withdrawing its application for its drug Erbitux to be used to treat patients with lung cancer. Merck said in a statement it had decided to “voluntarily withdraw the marketing authorisation application to the European Medicines Agency” for Erbitux to be used…

Amazon’s flying water vapor rivers bring rain to Brazil

As devastating drought spreads across much of the globe, British-born pilot Gerard Moss flies above the Amazon rainforest to show how its “flying rivers” — humid air currents — bring rain to Brazil and South America. Aboard his single-engine Embraer 721 aircraft, Moss, a naturalized Brazilian, was on a 45-minute…

Researchers make live-saving medical enzyme out of genetically engineered corn

Biologists in Canada have made a medical enzyme using genetically-engineered corn, a feat that could one day slash the cost of treating a life-threatening inherited disease, a journal reported on Tuesday. Inserting a section of DNA code into maize seed caused them to make alpha-L-iduronidase in the endosperm, a nutritive…

Found explosive WWI relics underscore Alps’ rapidly dwindling glaciers

Appearance of explosive WWI relics underscore Alps glaciers' retreat They lay undetected for more than a century, a hidden legacy of the highest, most forbidding battlefield of World War I. But last month, as Italy sweltered through one of the hottest summers on record, a cache of more than 200…

Ebola outbreak ‘kills 32′ in Congo since May

An outbreak of Ebola fever in the Democratic Republic of Congo may have claimed up to 32 lives since May, including that of a woman who had just given birth, the World Health Organisation said Tuesday. By September 15, “a cumulative total of 72 cases was recorded, including 14 cases…

Doctors perform first mother-to-daughter uterus transplants

Two Swedish women received new uteruses at the weekend in the world’s first mother-to-daughter uterine transplants aimed at helping them have babies, Gothenburg University announced on Tuesday. Uterine transplants are new, with the first successful one conducted in Turkey in 2011. “One of the women had previously had her own…

Brain project predicts connections between neurons

WASHINGTON — Researchers said Monday a new computerized model of part of a rat’s cortex predicts connections between neurons, which could help explain how the brains of mammals — including humans — work. “This is a major breakthrough because it would otherwise take decades, if not centuries, to map the…

Arctic expert predicts final collapse of sea ice within four years

One of the world’s leading ice experts has predicted the final collapse of Arctic sea ice in summer months within four years. In what he calls a “global disaster” now unfolding in northern latitudes as the sea area that freezes and melts each year shrinks to its lowest extent ever…

Weather woes delay space shuttle Endeavor’s transfer

Bad weather is delaying the transfer of the shuttle Endeavor from Florida to California where it will be put on show, the US space agency said. Endeavor, which completed its final mission last year, was scheduled to leave the Kennedy Space Center on the back of a modified Boeing 747…

Many mysteries remain as Alzheimer’s epidemic looms

More than 100 years after it was first caught in the act of decaying a patient’s brain, Alzheimer’s remains one of medicine’s greatest challenges as it robs ever more people of their memory and independence. Researchers make halting progress, reporting small steps forward along with many frustrating setbacks. And while…

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