Tag Archives: Biology

07Mar/17

Most primate species at risk of extinction, says report

Some of the world’s leading primatologists have warned that more than half of the world’s primate species are at risk of extinction, due to increasing anthropogenic pressures on their habitats. Jim Drury reports. Continue reading

08Feb/17

Electronic nose sniffs out diseases on a patient’s breath

A “NaNose” device which can diagnose 17 diseases, including cancer and Parkinson’s, based on ‘smelling’ a patient’s breath paves the way for quick, non invasive and affordable early detection according to its Israeli developers. Stuart McDill reports. Continue reading

19Dec/16

The search for medicinal agents in NYC dirt

The dirt of New York City parks may seem an unlikely way to benefit modern medicine, but scientists in an Upper East Side university lab in Manhattan say they found genes from the dirt’s bacteria that could lead to use in antibiotics and anti-cancer treatments.

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19Dec/16

Artificial skin harnessed from algae

A university professor in Chile has developed a green-coloured artificial skin from algae that can breathe.

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19Dec/16

Cells that refuse to die may spread cancer despite chemotherapy

Cells that undergo a near-death experience but refuse to die could be responsible for helping cancer spread in the body.
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08Dec/16

Giraffes suffer silent extinction in Africa, report

Giraffes suffer a “silent extinction” caused by illegal hunting and expansion of farmland in Africa according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature latest report.

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22Nov/16

Scientists edit genome to cure sickle cell anemia

Researchers have proven that a new gene editing technique could pave the way towards a cure for sickle cell disease. The disease affects about 5 million people globally. About 75 percent of cases occur in Africa where at least 200,000 children are born with the disease every year.
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05Mar/16

Scientists find possible link between Zika and microcephaly

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine find potential links between Zika and microcephaly and hope lab-grown stem cells may be used to develop therapies to fight the virus.

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26Nov/15

Unlocking the pineapple’s secrets

The pineapple, enjoyed by people world-wide in slices, chunks, juice, piña coladas, and Hawaiian pizza, is finally giving up its genetic secrets.

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09Oct/15

Science won’t stop until it beats AIDS, says HIV pioneer

Science won’t stop until it beats AIDS, HIV discoverer and Nobel Prize winner Francoise Barre-Sinoussi says, as she hangs up her lab coat to retire.

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