Life Sciences

Scientists create safer pig organs with goal of transplants for humans

Scientists create safer pig organs with goal of transplants for humans

Published 11/08/2017

Scientists at a Massachusetts company seeking to make pig organs safe enough to be transplanted into humans have used gene-editing technology to clone piglets that lack a potentially dangerous retrovirus, according to a study released on Thursday. [more…]

Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind`s remote past

Infant ape fossil skull illuminates humankind`s remote past

Published 10/08/2017

The lemon-sized fossil skull of an infant ape nicknamed Alesi that inhabited a Kenyan forest about 13 million years ago is offering a peek at what the long-ago common ancestor of people and all modern apes may have looked like. [more…]

It`s a bird! It`s a plane! No, it`s a prehistoric gliding mammal

It`s a bird! It`s a plane! No, it`s a prehistoric gliding mammal

Published 09/08/2017

In dense Chinese forests populated by dinosaurs 160 million years ago, two furry critters resembling flying squirrels glided from tree to tree, showing that even in such a perilous neighborhood early mammals had succeeded in going airborne. [more…]

Beat that: Biggest heart ever goes on display in Toronto

Beat that: Biggest heart ever goes on display in Toronto

Published 01/08/2017

The largest heart ever seen has gone on display at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum, giving visitors a chance to view a hugely rare biological curiosity up close. [more…]

AstraZeneca gets breakthrough status for blood cancer drug

AstraZeneca gets breakthrough status for blood cancer drug

Published 01/08/2017

FILE PHOTO: The logo of AstraZeneca is seen on medication packages in a pharmacy in London April 28, 2014.

AstraZeneca said on Tuesday that U.S. regulators had awarded its blood cancer drug acalabrutinib "breakthrough" status for the treatment of patients with mantle cell lymphoma, a rare type of blood cancer.

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Deaths of North Atlantic right whales puzzle Canadian scientists

Deaths of North Atlantic right whales puzzle Canadian scientists

Published 31/07/2017

FILE PHOTO: A right whale swims in Cape Cod Bay, Massachusetts, in this photo taken April 14, 2011. Erin Burke/Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries/NOAA Marine Mammal Permit # 14603/Handout/File Photo via REUTERS

North American conservationists are scrambling to find out why North Atlantic right whales are dying in unprecedented numbers, with nine deaths in Canada's Gulf of St. Lawrence in two months, according to Canadian authorities.

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Scientists find sunscreen potential in Antarctic plants

Scientists find sunscreen potential in Antarctic plants

Published 27/07/2017

Doctor Gustavo Zuniga holds up an Antarctic plant that has molecules that filter the solar radiation and could be used to prevent human DNA damage in Santiago, Chile July 25, 2017.

Scientists in Chile have discovered molecules in two species of Antarctic flowers that protect the plants from solar radiation and could potentially be used in products such as sunscreen for humans and protection for vulnerable crops.

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First editing of human embryos carried out in United States

First editing of human embryos carried out in United States

Published 27/07/2017

Technology that allows alteration of genes in a human embryo has been used for the first time in the United States, according to Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, which carried out the research.

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Jellied sea creatures confound scientists, fishermen on U.S. Pacific Coast

Jellied sea creatures confound scientists, fishermen on U.S. Pacific Coast

Published 27/06/2017

Pyrosomes – colonies of thousands of individual organisms called zooids – are pictured aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Oregon in this May 2017 handout photo obtained by Reuters June 26, 2017. Hilarie Sorensen/NOAA Fisheries/Handout via REUTERS

Drifting throngs of jelly-like, glowing organisms native to tropical seas far from shore have invaded Pacific coastal waters from Southern California to the Gulf of Alaska this year, baffling researchers and frustrating fishing crews.

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U.S. total solar eclipse sparks spectator excitement

U.S. total solar eclipse sparks spectator excitement

Published 21/06/2017

FILE PHOTO - A combination photograph shows the beginning (top L) to the end (top L to bottom R) of a total solar eclipse as seen from the beach of Ternate island, Indonesia, March 9, 2016. REUTERS/Beawiharta

The first total solar eclipse across the continental United States in a century is expected to spark watching parties and traffic jams as it darkens skies from Oregon to South Carolina, authorities said on Wednesday.

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