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NIH research grants yield economic windfall

0SHARESShare Tim Boyle/Bloomberg/Getty The US National Institutes of Health is the world’s largest biomedical research agency. US President Donald Trump wants to gut government funding for biomedical research, but an analysis suggests that projects backed by the country’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) have much broader economic benefits than suspected. Between 1980 and 2007, 8.4% of NIH grants led directly ...

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Promising cancer drugs may speed tumours in some patients

0SHARESShare Kenneth K. Lam/Baltimore Sun/Getty Immunotherapy offers hope to some people with hard-to-treat cancers — but it can backfire. Powerful drugs that unleash the immune system hold the promise to wipe out cancer for some people with advanced disease. But two recent studies1, 2 suggest that these therapies, called PD-1 inhibitors, may backfire in some patients — speeding cancer’s spread. ...

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Ancient bones reveal girl's tough life in early Americas

0SHARESShare Paul Nicklen/NGC The skull of ‘Naia’, a young girl whose bones were found in a cave on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. For more than 12,000 years, the adolescent girl’s bones lay deep in a Mexican cave. Now analysis of her skeleton is revealing details of her harsh existence in the early Americas — which probably included pregnancy and childbirth before ...

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Pioneering cell transplant shows vision and promise

0SHARESShare Kyodo News via Getty Images Masayo Takahashi (right) and Yasuo Kurimoto have made great progress with transplants derived from induced pluripotent stem cells. Masayo Takahashi and Yasuo Kurimoto have done it again. Two and a half years ago, these two Japanese physicians took retinal cells derived from induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells and successfully transplanted them into a woman ...

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Europe must find a new home for its drug regulator — and a way to keep using English

0SHARESShare Thierry Monasse/Corbis/Getty Brexit puts a question mark over the continued use of English as an official language in the European Parliament. Now that the Brexit process is officially under way, officials must decide where to rehouse the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Currently in London, the EMA assesses new medicines for suitability to enter the European market. The regulator will ...

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Genetic details of controversial 'three-parent baby' revealed

0SHARESShare Courtesy of New Hope Fertility Clinic John Zhang holds the baby boy his clinic conceived using DNA from three people. When a US fertility clinic revealed last year that it had created a baby boy using a controversial technique that mixes DNA from three people, scientists were quick to raise the alarm. Some objected on ethical grounds, and others ...

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Compass protein attracts heap of criticism

0SHARESShare George Grall/NGC The red-spotted newt and many other animals can somehow sense Earth’s magnetic field. For decades, scientists have wondered how animals can navigate huge distances using the weak signals of Earth’s magnetic field. So, interest was piqued in 2015 when two teams released papers in quick succession describing the functions of a protein found in animals that seemed ...

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Label the limits of forensic science

0SHARESShare Wrongful convictions occur with shocking frequency in the United States. A record 166 exonerations were recorded in 2016 by the National Registry of Exonerations, bringing the total since 1989 to nearly 2,000. This represents only a fraction of those who should never have been sent to prison. In 2005 I produced a documentary showcasing several cases in which flawed forensic ...

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Brazilian budget woes, negative results and botany in the digital era

0SHARESShare Space | Policy | Energy | People | Environment | Facilities | Health | Business | Trend watch | Number crunch SPACE Recycled rocket boosts space flight Reusable rocketry took a step forward on 30 March when SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, launched a telecommunications satellite using part of a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket. It is the first time that ...

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How to judge a book by its network

0SHARESShare Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty People’s book choices tend to divide along political lines. Mark Twain said an ideal life was good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience. But what if those good friends all read the same good books? And share the same dozy reluctance to examine their motives and values? That sounds far from ideal: it sounds ...

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