October 17, 2019

Mate for life

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11 animals that mate for life By: Bryan Nelson From mnn Old faithful Humans like to think of themselves as a faithful species, but when it comes to true fidelity, many other animals offer better examples of how to keep a relationship together. Although monogamy and lifelong pair bonds are generally rare in the animal […]

More bad news about vaping

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By Dr. Oz and Michael Roizen, M.D. From Newsmax Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. And then after wildfires often come the rains and all-too-lethal mudslides. Well, the same is true for vaping. It turns out that mudslides of information are piling up about the serious health problems associated with firing up e-cigs. At first, no […]

Early results boost hopes for historic gene editing attempt

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From Newsmax Early, partial results from a historic gene editing study give encouraging signs that the treatment may be safe and having at least some of its hoped-for effect, but it’s too soon to know whether it ultimately will succeed. The results announced Wednesday are from the first human test of gene editing in the […]

Fish fraud: Seafood often mislabelled in stores, restaurants

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By Canadian Press From canoe.com When consumers buy butterfish or white tuna at a grocery store they may instead receive a fish dubbed “the laxative of the sea,” according to an investigation into seafood fraud that found nearly half of seafood samples it tested at Canadian grocery stores and restaurants were wrongly labelled. “The results […]

Inflammation linked to cancer, but lifestyle changes may help

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From central treatment Centers of America Experts have long suspected inflammation may play some role in cancer’s development. In 1863, German scientist and physician Rudolf Virchow was the first to make the connection, observing that cancer often develops at sites of chronic inflammation. But researchers have only recently pinpointed chronic inflammation as a primary risk […]

A resurrected gene may protect elephants from cancer

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BY AIMEE CUNNINGHAM From Science News LIF6 instructs damaged cells to self-destruct before the disease has a chance to take hold Elephants rarely succumb to cancer. That’s surprising given how large the animals grow and how long they can live, which should provide more opportunities for cells to morph into cancer cells. A newly described […]

8 body parts that might seem useless but actually have interesting functions

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By Michelle Starr,Science Alert From Business Insider There’s very little in our anatomy that has — or had — no purpose whatsoever. While there are a few things that might seem useless now, they exist because our ancestors once needed these features. The appendix isn’t completely useless — recent research shows it might help harbor […]

How ‘self-limiting’ mosquitoes can help eradicate malaria

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From Wired Next month, in a laboratory an hour outside of London, scientists will begin stitching bits of DNA together and inserting them into hundreds of tiny, cucumber-shaped insect eggs. It’s the first step toward engineering a new kind of mosquito—the kind that could help eradicate malaria on this side of the Prime Meridian. The […]

US: Medicare now covers gene sequencing for patients with advanced cancer

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By Mallory Locklear, From engadget DNA sequencing tests help doctors find the best treatment option. Patients with advanced cancer will soon have access to more personalized treatment plans because Medicare will now cover genetic tests that sequence tumor cell DNA and help healthcare providers determine treatment strategies. As Wired reports, the Centers for Medicare & […]

Caribbean tribe believed extinct is right here among us

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By ROBBY BERMAN From Big Think When Columbus arrived, the Caribbean islands were populated by people known now as the “Taino.” Most likely they were descendants of the Arawaks of South America, and Taino was actually just their language — at the time, they were known as Lucayans locally in the Bahamas, Greater Antilles, and […]