Life Sciences

Chi-Med, AstraZeneca lung cancer drug shrinks resistant tumors

Chi-Med, AstraZeneca lung cancer drug shrinks resistant tumors

Published 17/10/2017

An experimental cancer drug discovered by Hutchison China MediTech has demonstrated promising activity in shrinking tumors in lung cancer patients whose disease had worsened following treatment with approved medicines. [more…]

Big and brilliant: complex whale behavior tied to brain size

Big and brilliant: complex whale behavior tied to brain size

Published 16/10/2017

Cetaceans -- whales and dolphins -- are among the brainiest of beings. In terms of sheer brain size, the sperm whale is tops on Earth, with a brain six times larger than that of a person. [more…]

U.S. NIH, 11 drugmakers partner to accelerate cancer therapy research

U.S. NIH, 11 drugmakers partner to accelerate cancer therapy research

Published 12/10/2017

The Trump Administration threw its support behind a public-private partnership with 11 drug companies to advance a new class of drugs that uses the body's immune system to fight cancer. [more…]

Mystery surrounding ancient Easter Island people deepens

Mystery surrounding ancient Easter Island people deepens

Published 12/10/2017

The massive brooding stone figures peering from Easter Island's hillsides are emblematic of the enigmatic people who once thrived on the dot of land in the middle of the Pacific. New genetic research only deepens the mystery around these people. [more…]

DNA confirms amazing Australian isle insect not extinct after all

DNA confirms amazing Australian isle insect not extinct after all

Published 05/10/2017

When black rats invaded Lord Howe Island after the 1918 wreck of the steamship Makambo, they wiped out numerous native species on the small Australian isle in the Tasman Sea including a big, flightless insect that resembled a stick. [more…]

Microscope trailblazers win chemistry Nobel for `freeze framing` life

Microscope trailblazers win chemistry Nobel for `freeze framing` life

Published 04/10/2017

A trio of Swiss, American and British scientists won the 2017 Nobel chemistry prize on Wednesday for developing cryo-electron microscopy, allowing researchers to see biological molecules frozen in action. [more…]

U.S. trio win Nobel for finding Einstein`s gravitational waves

U.S. trio win Nobel for finding Einstein`s gravitational waves

Published 03/10/2017

Three U.S. scientists won the 2017 Nobel prize for physics on Tuesday for opening up a new era of astronomy by detecting gravitational waves, ripples in space and time foreseen by Albert Einstein a century ago. [more…]

Respect for science in jeopardy in polarized U.S., Nobel winners say

Respect for science in jeopardy in polarized U.S., Nobel winners say

Published 03/10/2017

Two of the U.S. scientists awarded the Nobel prize on Tuesday for opening up a new era of astronomy by detecting gravitational waves said they hoped the attention would make Americans less inclined to dismiss scientific consensus in favor of politics. [more…]

Oxford team to test universal flu vaccine in world first

Oxford team to test universal flu vaccine in world first

Published 03/10/2017

A seasonal flu vaccine that would be the first in the world to fight all types of the virus is to be tested in a two-year clinical trial involving more than 2,000 patients by researchers in Oxford. [more…]

How we tick: U.S. `body clock` scientists win Nobel medicine prize

How we tick: U.S. `body clock` scientists win Nobel medicine prize

Published 03/10/2017

U.S. scientists Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael Young won the 2017 Nobel prize for medicine on Monday for unraveling molecular mechanisms that control our internal body clocks. [more…]