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DNA, blood, saliva, urine, lifestyle details… just some of the things donated to medical research by 500,000 middle-aged Brits. The enormous resource promises to tease apart nature from nurture.
March 30, 2012, 1:21 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
Nanopore sequencing allows researchers to read the chemical letters of DNA like an announcer would read a ticker tape. This makes fast, cheap genetic-based diagnostics possible.
March 29, 2012, 10:22 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
An small strip of electronic sensors provides a convenient test for the troublesome staph infection.
March 29, 2012, 9:37 AM PDT | By Audrey Quinn
The microdevice is lined by living human cells, mimicking the structure, physiology, and mechanical behavior of our 25-foot long intestines. It even supports the growth of live microbes.
March 28, 2012, 9:38 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
As the U.S. population ages, the country is seeing a boost in bidet toilet sales. Bidets offer fall-prone older people an easier way to regularly wash their privates.
March 28, 2012, 10:06 AM PDT | By Audrey Quinn
Solid tumor cells carry a “don’t eat me” sign to escape attacks by the immune system. Disrupting this signal in mice with human cancer cells shrank the tumors and slowed their...
March 27, 2012, 10:33 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
Scientists show how early exposure to microbes has lasting effects on the immune system’s sensitivity to allergies and asthma. Are all these antibiotics and antibacterials making us sicker?
March 27, 2012, 7:57 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
Bariatric surgery appears to improve type 2 diabetes better than traditional medical therapies.
March 27, 2012, 10:05 AM PDT | By Audrey Quinn
Though it could be as late as 2037 with the Affordable Care Act. A new study shows that the average annual increase in insurance premiums was 8.0% while household incomes rose an average of 2.1%.
March 26, 2012, 9:25 PM PDT | By Janet Fang
Video shows how scientists can “print” replacement bones to perfectly fit a patient’s body.
March 26, 2012, 9:11 AM PDT | By Audrey Quinn