Biochemist develops plant-based booster vaccine for polio

The world is tantalizingly close to eradicating polio. Yet the disease still maintains a foothold, primarily in developing nations, with recent outbreaks in Asia, Africa, and the Americas, including in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. Though there are two effective...

Pubic Hair Grooming Common Among Some U.S. Women

Women in the United States increasingly groom their pubic hair, especially those who are younger, white and have partners who prefer it, according to an article published online by JAMA Dermatology. Previous research has suggested that most women report engaging in...

Removing a brain tumor makes remaining cancer more aggressive

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that removing a glioblastoma tumor from the brain causes any cancer left behind to grow 75 percent faster than the original tumor did, which helps to explain why this cancer is so lethal. “A...

Ultrathin, flat lens resolves chirality and color

Many things in the natural world are geometrically chiral, meaning they cannot be superimposed onto their mirror image. Think hands — right and left hands are mirror images but if you transplanted a right hand onto a left, you’d be in trouble. Certain molecules are...

Atomic Sandblasters Could Replace Silicon

Virtually all electronics today rely on silicon computer chips, but this darling of the tech industry has drawbacks. Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory may have found a pathway to a cheaper, lighter and more efficient replacement. Today, silicon computer...

Nature and nurture shape infant eating habits

Parents have a dual influence on how their infant children eat, passing on their genetic makeup to their children as well as serving as role models of eating behavior in early childhood, according to studies conducted by a University at Buffalo education professor....

Your blood can reveal your risk for heart disease

When you visit your general practitioner you can get your blood analyzed for cholesterol and triglycerides, to get an idea of your risk for cardiovascular disease. With additional information about BMI, smoking habits and blood pressure, this can be used to calculate...

The large-scale stability of chromosomes

“Interphase” refers to the period in the cell cycle in which chromosomes spend most of their time. During this phase, in between mitoses, chromosomes live “dissolved” in the nucleus where they carry out the processes required for the...

Eczema: Daily ‘soak and smear’ or steer clear?

If you have a child with newly-diagnosed eczema, you may be wondering how often you should bathe him. You are not alone. For more than 100 years, doctors have been asked about the risks and benefits of frequent bathing for those with atopic dermatitis (eczema). And...

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