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China cracks down on fake data in drug trials

0SHARESShare Jacky Chen/REUTERS A man examines medicines at a pharmacy in Dandong, China. Those who submit faked clinical trial data might now go to jail — and in extreme circumstances, be executed — under a new interpretation of China’s criminal code, announced last month. The policy shift is one of a handful of measures that China is implementing both to ...

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Century-old tumours offer rare cancer clues

0SHARESShare Eye of Science/Science Photo Library Rhabdomysarcoma, a type of muscle cancer, is shown here in green being attacked by an immune cell. Deep in the basement archives of London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children reside the patient records that cancer researcher Sam Behjati hopes will put the hospital’s past to work for the future. On 2 May, he ...

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The United States must act quickly to control the use of e-cigarettes

Matt Cardy/Getty Vaping is often seen as a healthier alternative to conventional tobacco smoking. In the time it takes you to read this article, at least one cigarette smoker in the United Kingdom will have switched to vaping. As economic uncertainty grips many industries, the use of e-cigarettes is booming. The £6.1-billion (US$7.9-billion) global market for them is now about ...

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Keep doors open for constructive dialogue between religion and science

0SHARESShare Dara Mohammadi People in developing nations are aiding research into the genetics behind Huntington’s disease. Dilia is the oldest of an unusual crowd of people due to meet Pope Francis this week at the Vatican. The 79-year-old widow from rural Colombia married into a family whose members carry the gene for Huntington’s disease, a hereditary neurodegenerative disorder. Fate was ...

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Geneticists enlist engineered virus and CRISPR to battle citrus disease

Joe Raedle/Getty Tangerine groves in the southern United States are vulnerable to a disease known as citrus greening. Fruit farmers in the United States have long feared the arrival of harmful citrus tristeza virus to their fields. But now, this devastating pathogen could be their best hope as they battle a much worse disease that is laying waste to citrus ...

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Rescue old data before it’s too late

0SHARESShare In the late nineteenth century, astronomers began to photograph stars using prisms and gratings. They recorded stellar spectra — the dispersal of starlight into colours — to learn what the stars are made of. Since then, those photographic plates have become useful for another purpose: they let scientists map past concentrations of ozone in Earth’s stratosphere, and help to ...

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How Trump’s science cuts could hurt states that voted for him

0SHARESShare Ty Wright/Bloomberg/Getty The red snapper is prized by commercial and recreational anglers in the Gulf of Mexico. In the heavily fished waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the red snapper has made a notable comeback. Strict US government regulations have helped to rebuild its stocks after overfishing caused a population crash in the 1980s and 1990s. Now the fish ...

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Ebola outbreak in the Congo, tuberculosis drug resistance in Russia and GM mustard seeds in India

0SHARESShare Events | People | Funding | Facilities | Policy | Space | Trend watch | Coming up EVENTS Fresh momentum for particle physics CERN, Europe’s particle physics laboratory, inaugurated its latest linear accelerator on 9 May. The 90-metre-long Linac 4 will produce particles with 3 times the energy possible with its 39-year-old predecessor. Once fully tested, the new accelerator ...

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Why US nuclear sites are a ticking time bomb

0SHARESShare Young Kwak/The Washington Post via Getty The Hanford site in Washington state is used to store nuclear waste. The United States is still fighting the cold war. Thousands of its citizens had to take shelter last week because of the threat of radiation from nuclear weapons. But the opponent is no longer the Soviet Union. The enemy now is ...

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Ancient-genome study finds Bronze Age ‘Beaker culture’ invaded Britain

0SHARESShare Lanmas/Alamy Bell-shaped pottery from Segovia, Spain, that is characteristic of the Bronze Age ‘Bell Beaker’ culture. Around 4,500 years ago, a mysterious craze for bell-shaped pottery swept across prehistoric Europe. Archaeologists have debated the significance of the pots — artefacts that define the ‘Bell Beaker’ culture — for more than a century. Some argue that they were the Bronze Age’s hottest fashion, shared ...

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