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Here's all you need to know about the novel synthetic vaccine for smallpox

Toronto: Researchers from the University of Alberta say they have developed a new synthetic virus that can lead to the development of a more effective vaccine against smallpox.
January 23, 2018
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Researchers find a way to 'starve' cancer

Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to starve a tumor and stop its growth with a newly discovered small compound that blocks uptake of the vital nutrient glutamine.
January 2018
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Method uses DNA, nanoparticles and lithography to make optically active structures

Researchers have developed a first-of-its-kind technique for creating entirely new classes of optical materials and devices that could lead to light bending and cloaking devices
January 18, 2018
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Being bilingual may help autistic children

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) often have a hard time switching gears from one task to another. But being bilingual may actually make it a bit easier for them to do so, according to a new study which was recently published in Child Development.
January 16, 2018
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Researchers develop a remote-controlled cancer immunotherapy system

A team of researchers has developed an ultrasound-based system that can non-invasively and remotely control genetic processes in live immune T cells so that they recognize and kill cancer cells.
January 15, 2018
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Genes that aid spinal cord healing in lamprey also present in humans

Many of the genes involved in natural repair of the injured spinal cord of the lamprey are also active in the repair of the peripheral nervous system in mammals, according to a study by a collaborative group of scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL)
January 2018
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Fast food makes the immune system more aggressive in the long term

The immune system reacts similarly to a high fat and high calorie diet as to a bacterial infection. This is shown by a recent study led by the University of Bonn. Particularly disturbing: Unhealthy food seems to make the body's defenses more aggressive in the long term.
January 2018
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20 minutes of meditation twice a day may cut PTSD symptoms in older adults

Washington DC: Just 20 minutes of meditation twice a day may reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in older adults, suggests a recent study.
January 15, 2018
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Scientists curb growth of cancer cells by blocking access to key nutrients

Salk researchers have discovered how to curb the growth of cancer cells by blocking the cells' access to certain nutrients.
January 10, 2018
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Scientists discover workings of first promising Marburg virus treatment

With a mortality rate of up to 88 percent, Marburg virus can rip through a community in days. In 2005, an outbreak of Marburg virus struck a pediatric ward in the country of Angola. With no treatment available, doctors struggled to help as the virus killed 329 of 374 infected patients.
January 10, 2018
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Epileptic seizures and depression may share a common genetic cause, study suggests

From the time of Hippocrates, physicians have suspected a link between epilepsy and depression. Now, for the first time, scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Columbia
January 10, 2018
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Scientists curb growth of cancer cells by blocking access to key nutrients

Salk researchers have discovered how to curb the growth of cancer cells by blocking the cells' access to certain nutrients.
January 10, 2018
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New stem cell method sheds light on a tell-tale sign of heart disease

While refining ways to grow arterial endothelial cells in the lab, a regenerative biology team at the Morgridge Institute for Research unexpectedly unearthed a powerful new model for studying a hallmark of vascular disease.
January 9, 2018
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Hereditary facial features could be strongly influenced by a single gene variant, a new study findst

Do you have your grandmother's eyes? Or your father's nose? A new study by the Universities of Oxford and Surrey has uncovered variations in singular genes that have a large impact on human facial features,
January 9, 2018, University of Surrey ,
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Modified polio virus could be used as cancer treatment

A protein common on some types of cancer cell turns out to be the same one that in other circumstances allows the poliovirus to latch on to its host.
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Making Indian science more open and accessible

Sridhar Gutam is a senior scientist at ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bengaluru. He is also the convenor of Open access India,
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Coffee can reduce diabetes risk

The medicine that can delay your diabetes is right on your coffee table. 'Cafestol', a bioactive substance found in coffee, could help delay the onset of Type-2 diabetes, improve cell function and insulin sensitivity in laboratory mice, according to a study carried out by a team of scientists in Denmark.
Publisher: FINANCIAL EXPRESS 21st October, 2017
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Chinese scientists fix genetic disorder in cloned human embryos

A method for precisely editing genes in human embryos hints at a cure for a blood disease.
http://www.nature.com/news/chinese-scientists-fix-genetic-disorder-in-cloned-human-embryos-1.22694?WT.mc_id=FBK_NatureNews&sf118231037=1
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The microbes in a mosquito's gut may help fight malaria

Genetically modified mosquito larvae carry a gene that helps them resist the malaria parasite-and may also give them a mating advantage.
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/09/microbes-mosquito-s-gut-may-help-fight-malaria
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IIT Hyderabad uses activated jamun powder to remove fluoride from drinking water

On heating the activated jamun powder to 50 degree C, the fluoride gets desorbed and the jamun powder can be reused up to five times.
Publisher: The Hindu 21st October, 2017
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An artificial womb successfully grew baby sheep - and humans could be next

The lambs spent four weeks in the external wombs and seemed to develop normally
Publisher: Times of India 23rd February, 2017
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Should You Put Tomatoes In The Fridge? Scientists Explain Why Room Temperature Is Optimal

Tomatoes are a signature grocery store go-to because they can make most recipes taste fresh and robust. But when the produce has been sitting for a few days on your counter and you don't want them to go to waste,
Publisher: Medical Daily
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Diabetes patients more prone to cancer: Study

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Justifying early screening for cancer in patients suffering from diabetes, a research centre from Kerala
Publisher: Times of India 23rd February, 2017
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7 Earth-like planets spotted

Scientists have spotted seven Earth-sized planets, with mass similar to Earth,
Publisher: The Hindu 23rd February, 2017
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Gigantic 400 million-year-old 'monster worm'

Scientists have discovered a new species of an extinct primordial giant worm with terrifying snapping jaws that lived about 400 million years ago.
Publisher: Indian Express 23rd February, 2017
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Gene editing could help cure cancer, blindness

Gene editing is being touted by scientists across the world as a possible cure for a range of diseases, from blindness to cancer.
Publisher: Times of India 21st February, 2017
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Anti-Ageing treatment from stem cells fat

WASHINGTON:Stem cell collected from human fats may have the potential for..
Publisher: Indian Express 20th February, 2016
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DNA computer that may help controlled medicine delivery

London, Feb 18 : In a first, researchers have developed a novel DNA computer that is capable of detecting several antibodies in the blood
Publisher: The Hindu 19th February, 2017
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New Zealand part of sunken 'lost continent': Scientists

WELLINGTON: New Zealand sits atop a previously unknown continent - mostly submerged beneath the South Pacific - that should be recognised with the name Zealandia, scientists said Friday.
Publisher: Indian Express 18th February, 2017
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Vitamin D can protect against flu and colds

Paris: Taking extra vitamin D can protect against colds, flu and other respiratory infections, said a study Thursday which reopened a debate on the usefulness
Publisher: Indian Express 17th February, 2017
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Potent malaria vaccine on the anvil

A malaria vaccine that mimics a mosquito bite yielded encouraging results in human trials, its makers said on Thursday, raising hopes for thwarting a parasite that kills a child every two minutes.
Publisher: The Hindu 17th February, 2017
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Kremsner: New malaria vaccine is '100 percent protective'

Researchers at the University of Tübingen have tested a new malaria immunization method that they believe to be 100 percent effective. Peter Kremsner told DW what's special about the new vaccine.
Publisher: Science Daily, 15th February, 2017
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Pollution present in Earth's farthest reaches:Research

Paris: Banned chemicals are tainting tiny crustaceans that inhabit the deepest ocean.
Publisher: Indian Express 15th February, 2017
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New insight into how Alzheimer's spreads in brain

WASHINGTON:Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's may be linked to defective brain cell
Publisher: Indian Express 13th February, 2017
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Study links gut bacteria to Alzheimer's

The bacteria in your gut may play a major role in the development of Alzheimer's disease (AD), the most common form of dementia, says a study that may initiate new ways for treatment and prevention of the neurodegenerative disease.
Publisher: The Hindu 13th February, 2017
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Gender of foetus can affect pregnant woman's immunity, says study

The immunity of pregnant women can be affected by the gender of the baby, say scientists. They found that women carrying female foetuses showed a heightened inflammatory response.
Publisher: The Hindu 12th February, 2017
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Publisher: Mathrubhumi 10th February, 2017
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Soon, ingestible e-pills to track your health

MIT scientists have developed a small battery that runs on stomach acids and could power next-generation ingestible electronic pills which
Publisher: Times of India 9th February, 2017
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Link between drugs,immune system failure found

Australian researchers are a step closer to understanding immune complications caused by
Publisher: Indian Express 8th February, 2017
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'Brute force' may combat drug resistant bugs

Antibiotics can still kill superbugs if they 'push' hard enough into bacterial cells
Publisher: Indian express 6th February, 2017
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Cancer cell may help regrow heart tissue

HOUSTON:Researchers are developing an anti-cancer agent which also promotes regeneration of damaged
Publisher: The Hindu 05 February, 2017
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Genetically-engineered mosquitoes give hope against dengue

In a first, researchers have genetically engineered mosquitoes that have an increased resistance to infection by the dengue virus. After decades of research and countless control attempts, dengue continues to infect an estimated 390 million people around the world each year.
Publisher: Indian Express on January 17, 2017
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Multiregional brain-on-a-chip to study disorders

Harvard researchers have developed a multiregional brain-on-a-chip that models the connectivity between three distinct regions of the brain and allows studying how diseases like schizophrenia impact different brain areas simultaneously.
Publisher: Indian Express on January 17, 2017
Publisher: The Pioneer on January 16, 2017
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Indian pepper holds key for new cancer-fighting drug: Study

HOUSTON: The Indian long pepper, widely popular for spicing up food, may soon be used as a potential cancer treatment drug, according to a new study. The Indian long pepper contains a chemical that could stop your body from producing an enzyme that is commonly found in tumors in large numbers, according to the study in Journal of Biological Chemistry.
Publisher: Times of India on January 13, 2017
Publisher: Indian Express on January 14, 2017
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Cancer spreads even before tumours form

In a new discovery that might challenge the existing knowledge of cancer and methods to treat it, researchers have found cancer cells spread to organs much earlier than was thought.
Publisher: Times of India on January 11, 2017
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AIDS virus almost half a billion years old

LONDON: Retroviruses, the family of viruses that includes HIV, are almost half a billion years old -- several hundred million years older than previously thought, claim scientists from Oxford University.
Publisher: Indian Express on January 11, 2017
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Indian scientists' novel approach to diagnose retinal diseases

Early diagnosis of certain eye diseases and studying the early progression of the diseases has now become possible, thanks to the work carried out by a team of researchers from three institutes - IISER, Kolkata, L.V. Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, and BARC, Visakhapatnam. The researchers used the retinal data captured by a well-established imaging method in ophthalmology (optical coherence tomography or OCT) and applied an algorithm based on a statistical biomarker tool for early detection of diabetic macular edema.
Publisher: The Hindu on January 9, 2017
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Oh my gawd! I ain't your dad, son

This storyline has a potpourri of subplots that can fit perfectly into a family soap.But this is no fantasy ride. Malayalees are increasingly leaning towards scientific methods to prove their parentage. Express gives a ringside view.
Publisher: Indian Express on January 7, 2017
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New imaging technique may help prevent vision loss

WASHINGTON: Scientists have developed a new non-invasive retinal imaging technique that could help prevent the onset of vision loss in diseases like glaucoma - the second leading cause of acquired blindness worldwide.
Publisher: Times of India on January 6, 2017
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Living near heavy traffic increases risk of dementia, say scientists

Study tracking 6.6 million people estimates one in 10 cases of Alzheimer's among those living by busy roads could be linked to air and noise pollution
Publisher: The Hindu on January 6, 2017
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Mesentery, new human organ

Scientists in Ireland have classified a brand-new organ inside human body, one that has been hiding in plain sight in our digestive system, proving the anatomic description laid down over 100 years of anatomy as incorrect.
Publisher: The Hindu on January 5, 2017 and Times of India on January 6, 2016
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IIT Guwahati: A thumb imprint is enough to detect jaundice

Now, a thumb imprint is all that is required for detecting hyperbilirubinemia, a condition in which the amount of bilirubin in the blood is in excess and turns the sclera of the eye, urine and even the skin yellow. Hyperbilirubinemia is commonly seen in people with jaundice and newborns; a person is said to have jaundice when the bilirubin concentration in the blood typically exceeds 12 ppm in adults and 50 ppm in a newborn.
Publisher: The Hindu on January 4, 2017
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