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Meat without murder: Professor who invented lab-grown hamburger on panda meat, kosher pork

Last summer you unveiled the world’s first lab-grown – or “in vitro” hamburger. How did it feel when you had it fried up, and you gave it to the first person to test? What if they had spat it out and said: “Ugh, this is awful”? Well, yes. We’d selected…

How to measure a sun-like star’s age

Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’ weedkiller may be causing kidney failure in farmworkers: study

Researchers looking into the cause of a chronic kidney disease epidemic which has devastated farm-workers in Central America, India and Sri Lanka may have found their culprit in a commonly-used herbicide manufactured by Monsanto, according to Truthout. According to a study conducted by three Sri Lankan scientists, glyphosate, an ingredient…

Combining two polio vaccines may help eradicate the disease: scientists

Combining two types of polio vaccine, including one that is injected rather than given orally, appears to give better immunity and could speed efforts to eradicate the crippling disease, scientists said on Friday. British and Indian researchers said the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV), which is given by injection, could provide…

Heroin is back in a big way — and has police packing an opioid antidote called ‘naloxone’

As police sergeant Casey Stidham heads out on patrol, he carries a pistol, handcuffs, a Taser gun — and a dose of naloxone, should he come across a heroin overdose case. In this semi-rural corner of Maryland, as in so many other parts of the United States, such cases are…

Test vaccine for dengue fever seen as promising

A prototype vaccine for dengue that two years ago yielded lukewarm results has proved more effective after wider trials and is a potential arm against the disease, researchers said Friday. Devised by the French pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Pasteur, the so-called CYD-TDV vaccine provided only 30 percent protection against the dangerous…

Baby thought cleared of HIV has virus again

A girl who was born HIV-positive but was treated early and showed no signs of the disease for years has seen her infection return, US doctors said Thursday. The girl’s story had raised hopes that doctors may have found a way to cure young children who are born HIV-positive, simply…

WHO warns HIV ‘exploding’ among gay men, urges preventive drugs

HIV infections are rising among gay men in many parts of the world, the World Health Organization warned Friday, urging all men who have sex with men to take antiretroviral drugs to prevent infection. “We are seeing exploding epidemics,” warned Gottfried Hirnschall, who heads WHO’s HIV department. Infection rates are…

Citizen scientists out of options to rescue old NASA satellite

By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) – A valiant effort to put a defunct NASA science satellite back to work came to a disappointing end this week after the 36-year-old spacecraft’s propulsion system failed, project organizers said. An ad hoc team of engineers and scientists won permission from NASA…

Bee-harming ‘neonicotinoid’ pesticides also hurt bird populations: study

Already suspected of killing bees, so-called “neonic” pesticides also affect bird populations, possibly by eliminating the insects they feed upon, a Dutch study said on Wednesday. The new paper comes weeks after an international panel of 29 experts found that birds, butterflies, worms and fish were being harmed by neonicotinoid…

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