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How Canadian researchers reconstituted an extinct poxvirus for $100,000 using mail-order DNA

Eradicating smallpox, one of the deadliest diseases in history, took humanity decades and cost billions of dollars. Bringing the scourge back would probably take a small scientific team with little specialized knowledge half a year and cost…
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Doctor accused of giving patients vaccines with cat saliva, vodka

For more than a decade, a Chicago area doctor has allegedly been giving children "alternative" vaccinations, including his own special cocktail of cat spit and vodka. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation ordered…
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Natural Viagra: Spider Bite Causes Erection

WASHINGTON — A Brazilian spider delivers more than a painful bite that sends most victims to the hospital. Its venom stimulates an hours-long erection. Now scientists have figured out the chemical that seems to be responsible for the penis…

E. coli: The ideal transport vehicle for next-gen vaccines?

Most people recoil at the thought of ingesting E. coli. But what if the headline-grabbing bacteria could be used to fight disease? Researchers experimenting with harmless strains of E. coli -- yes, the majority of E. coli are safe and…
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The Lancet: New stem cell transplantation method may halt multiple sclerosis symptoms long-term, but therapy comes with high risk

A new use of chemotherapy followed by autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (aHSCT) has fully halted clinical relapses and development of new brain lesions in 23 of 24 patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) for a prolonged period…
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12 Gut Cleansing Foods To Include In Your Diet

It's amazing the horrible things we put in our bodies--often without knowing it. Every time you take a sip from a plastic bottle or a metallic can, every bite you take of processed food and junk food. Every time you eat out…

Magic mushrooms 'promising' in depression

A hallucinogenic chemical in magic mushrooms shows promise for people with untreatable depression, a short study on just 12 people hints. Eight patients were no longer depressed after the "mystical and spiritual" experience induced by the…

Rare human disease found in dogs

A rare, severe form of pulmonary hypertension, which up until now, has only been classified as a human lung disease, has also been discovered in dogs according to a Michigan State University study. "Our research is the first to document…

Lab-grown meat is in your future, and it may be healthier than the real stuff

Scientists and businesses working full steam to produce lab-created meat claim it will be healthier than conventional meat and more environmentally friendly. But how much can they improve on old-school pork or beef? In August 2013, a…
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This disease has killed a million trees in California, and scientists say it’s basically unstoppable

Healthy forests are especially important at a time of climate change — they’re an incredible tool to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Dead forests, on the other hand, can light the spark for wildfires, which are already showing…

Scientists Discover Children’s Cells Living In Mothers’ Brains

The link between a mother and child is profound, and new research suggests a physical connection even deeper than anyone thought. The profound psychological and physical bonds shared by the mother and her child begin during gestation when…
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Scientists Use Memory to Treat Fear

Scientists have long sought a way to treat irrational fears and phobias including PTSD, but a new breakthrough may be as simple as helping people forget what scares them.  The process called memory reconsolidation involves recalling memories…
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Handful of Biologists Went Rogue and Published Directly to Internet

On Feb. 29, Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University became the third Nobel Prize laureate biologist in a month to do something long considered taboo among biomedical researchers: She posted a report of her recent discoveries to a publicly…
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Big Mac lovers beware, your burgers are indestructible and possibly indigestible.

McDonald's converts may be left reeling after disturbing new footage shows boiling hot molten copper being poured over a Big Mac, resulting in the ‘buns of steel’ burger remaining relatively intact. After heating up the copper to…

New spider discovered in Australia is named Brian

Australia's most newly-discovered spider surfs, swims and can catch prey up to three times its own size. The spider was revealed at the World Science Festival in Australia, and was given the name 'Brian', after a famous scientist called Professor…