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Fighting Cancer By Using Immune Cells of Healthy Individuals

Tackling tumours using the immune cells of someone else: this is what researchers of a new study have successfully demonstrated. The paper is published in the journal Science. Cancer immunotherapy has grown into a broad field of research, whereby scientists endeavour to make the immune system of cancer patients to fight the disease. They have,

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Probiotics Do Not Have Real Positive Effects in Adults, Says New Study

In a world where eating habits have been leading to countless diseases, ‘greener’ and healthier options are increasingly being proposed by experts and amateurs alike. Probiotics feature on this very list. But, are they really that salubrious? A new research conducted by scientists from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark explain that this might not be

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Using Algae Protein To Boost Crop Yield

Scientists have discovered a protein that allows algae to efficiently use carbon dioxide; this might help us boost crop yields in the future. The paper is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Algae being specially efficient at fixing carbon dioxide to synthesise nutrients, researchers want to transfer this trait of theirs to

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Scientists have been able to deliver drugs safely to the placenta

Scientists have been able to deliver drugs to the placenta in a relatively safe manner. Their paper is published in Science Advances. The woman’s body is created such that a foetus growing inside of her is well-protected within three layers of darkness (her belly, the uterus, and the placenta). This also means that the baby

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Reviving Brain Dead Patients By Triggering Their Nervous System

Scientists from a US-based biotech firm plan to trigger the nervous system of brain-dead patients to ‘revive’ their brains. And, guess what, they have been granted ethical permission to do so. Company Bioquark wants to stimulate the dead back to life, or something along these lines. The project called ReAnima will be made possible thanks

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One Trillion Species On Earth, Estimate Biologists

Life does not exist in millions or billions of species – rather, the real figure amounts to almost one trillion, says a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Life is made to thrive on Earth, both in variety and in number. This planet is blessed with millions and billions of species,

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Happiness & Depression Genes Identified For the First Time Ever

Do we experience happiness and depression in the same way? A new study published in Nature Genetics says that there are differences, and these are the result of genetics. Specific parts of the human genome might be the reason behind the individual differences in experiencing happiness; previous research has shown that genetic differences might account

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Sperm Made From Skin Cells: Hope For Couples Dealing With Infertility

Scientists have created sperm cells from skin cells – an endeavour that is expected to help couples afflicted with infertility. The paper is published online in Scientific Reports. 15% of the world population of couples are unable to have children because they do not have the gametes. They, thus, often have to make use of donated

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Using Skull Vibrations to Identify Individuals

The sound of one’s skull vibrations might, one day, replace the use of passwords. The scientific paper documenting this is published in the Journal of the ACM. Biometric security (from fingerprinting sensors to iris scanning) is deemed to be more reliable than your regular password. A new form of this technology, recently developed by German

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Plants Wittily Force Fungi To Cooperate

If you used to think of plants as green, peaceful, not-looking-for-conflicts-or-advantages kind of creature, think again. A new study shows how they are able to make economically-sound decisions by forcing symbiotic fungi to cooperate more in their interactions. The paper is published in Ecology Letters. Plants will often be in close partnership with species of

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Zika Linked With Other Diseases in New Study

The Zika virus might be more complicated than we initially thought. A new study suggests that it might be linked with another disease: an autoimmune disorder that affects the brain. The paper will be presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology this week. Previous studies linked Zika with microcephaly, a condition

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Cancer Cells Feeding More on Fats Than Sugar?

What is generally thought of as the reason of the rapid growth of cancer cells might not be that accurate, says a new study published in Cell Chemical Biology. What accounts for the uncontrolled growth of cancer cells? A team of researchers led by Gary Patti, associate professor of chemistry at Washington University based in

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