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Indiana stores babies’ DNA for research without parental consent

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The Indiana State Department of Health has been collecting babies’ blood and DNA without their parents’ permission since 1991, according to an investigation by a local news station. Now the state wants to know what to do with the blood samples. When a baby is born in Indiana, as with other states, the state conducts a newborn screening test. A nurse or... 

South Korea’s KAIST develops self-powered pacemaker

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The unit works by harvesting electrical energy from the patient’s minute body movements to stimulate the heart. A team of Korean scientists have invented a self-powered semi-permanent cardiac pacemaker using advanced nanotechnology. The pacemaker designed by a research team from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) operates semi-permanently... 

Paralyzed man moves hand with thoughts using bionic tech

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A US man’s brave decision and hard work have given hope to thousands of paralyzed people worldwide. Being paralyzed himself, Ian Burkhart took part in a breakthrough test and became the first person in the world to move his limb by using his thoughts. The last time 23-year-old Ian Burkhart moved his hands on his own was on a summer day in June 2010, when... 

Mad scientist’s ‘incurable’ swine flu virus

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University Research Park, where Kawaoka conducts flu GOF experiments. A controversial flu researcher has modified the flu virus responsible for the 2009 pandemic to allow it evade the human immune system. His lab’s previous works include recreating the Spanish flu and making a deadly bird flu strain highly transmittable. The yet-to-be-published research by... 

Newly-discovered mouse related to elephants

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A newly-discovered diminutive mammal has been found to be genetically related to elephants, scientists say. Macroscelides micus, as goes the 7.5-inch (19-cm)-long creature’s scientific name has been found in Namibia and is akin in appearance to a mouse with a long snout. John Dumbacher, a California scientist who helped identify the animal, said the animal... 

Mobile phone negatively affects men’s fertility

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Scientific evidence achieved by the researchers of the University of Exeter has unveiled that keeping mobile phones in pockets increases the risk of infertility in men. The findings reveal that electromagnetic radiation of mobile phone significantly affect quality of sperm. The researchers suggest that keeping the device in trouser pocket lowered movement of... 

Dinosaurs fit middle of metabolic continuum

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A research has shown that dinosaurs’ metabolism places them in the middle of the metabolic continuum, forbidding their definite classification as either warm or cold-blooded creatures. The study used dinosaurs’ body mass and their growth rates to arrive at an evaluation of their metabolism. University of New Mexico biologist John Grady said, “…By... 

The journey to self-awareness

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Self-awareness is the capacity to pay conscious attention to all aspects of yourself: to use sensory capacities such as sight, hearing and touch to provide accurate information about the external world; to use feelings such as thirst, hunger, nausea, dizziness and physical pain to provide accurate information about the state of your body and what it needs;... 

Children playing with dirt may reduce allergy and asthma risk

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Babies exposed to dirt and a wide variety of household bacteria in the first year of life are less likely threatened by allergies and asthma, a new research unraveled. Contact with bacteria and even roach allergens in the first year of life may help protect infants against future allergies and wheezing. The study researchers followed 467 newborns for three... 

​Scientists learn to selectively erase and restore memories in brain

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Wiping out memories at a press of a button, just like with a ‘neuralizer’ from the Men in Black movie, may soon become a reality. Researchers have managed to erase and then restore lost memory in genetically modified rats with a flash of light. The study by researchers from University of California in San Diego, published in Nature journal , is the first... 

Doctors can now 3D-print blood vessels

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Organ replication took a leap at a Boston hospital, as doctors finally nailed the process of artificial vascularization with the use of advances in 3D bio printing together with biomaterials in order to create the first synthetic blood vessels. Although huge strides have already been made in replicating all sorts of human tissue and organs, making delicate... 

Soy sauce molecules effectively fight HIV

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More than a decade after a Japanese soy sauce manufacturer said it had discovered a molecule in its sauce that could be used to fight HIV, the findings have been confirmed by university scientists. According to a team of virologists at the University of Missouri, a flavor-enhancing molecule found in soy sauce – called EFdA – is up to 70 times more powerful... 

Humans can distinguish 1 trillion smells

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A new study has revealed that the human nose is capable of distinguishing at least one trillion different smells, millions beyond the previous estimates. “Our analysis shows that the human capacity for discriminating smells is much larger than anyone anticipated,” said study co-author Leslie Vosshall, who is head of Rockefeller University’s Laboratory... 

3D printing used to reconstruct man’s face in groundbreaking surgery

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For what appears to be the first time in history doctors were able to use 3D printing technology during a facial reconstruction surgery to help a British man who survived a motorcycle accident but walked away traumatized and disfigured. Stephen Power of Cardiff, Wales was hospitalized for four months after he endured multiple injuries in a 2012 accident. He... 

Billionaire claims he has reversed aging with stem cell treatments

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Billionaire fashion designer Peter Nygard is not only an advocate of stem cell therapy, but hes also a human guinea pig. He says that the stem cells have actually reversed aging, and he even has a scientific study to back him up. “Stem cells are being used for anti-ageing and the University of Miami is doing a study about that to prove that it is true. They... 
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