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After 60 years, scientists uncover how thalidomide produced birth defects

More than 60 years after the drug thalidomide caused birth defects in thousands of children whose mothers took the drug while pregnant, scientists at...

Flies meet gruesome end under influence of puppeteer fungus

Carolyn Elya discovered the puppet-master on the balcony of her Berkeley apartment. It was a fungus that infects fruit flies, invading their nervous system...

Neighborhood cops: Some immune cells defend just 1 organ

Scientists have uncovered a new way the immune system may fight cancers and viral infections. The finding could aid efforts to use immune cells...

Tobacco plant may have key to fighting cancer

La Trobe University research has revealed a tobacco plant’s natural defence mechanisms could be harnessed to kill cancer cells in the human body. Scientists at...

Genetically identical bacteria can behave in radically different ways

Although a population of bacteria may be genetically identical, individual bacteria within that population can act in radically different ways. As these bacterial cells divide,...

Breast cell survival factor increases breast cancer risk after late pregnancy

The mystery of why the risk of breast cancer goes up in women whose first pregnancies occur after the age of 35 may boil...

Antibiotic-resistant typhoid likely to spread

Restricting the use of antibiotics is unlikely to stop the spread of drug resistance in typhoid fever, according to a study funded by the...

Ambien has unexpected impact on brain injured patients

George Melendez has been called a medical miracle. After a near drowning deprived his brain of oxygen, Melendez remained in a fitful, minimally conscious...

Outside influence: Genes outside nucleus have disproportionate effect

New research from the University of California, Davis, shows that the tiny proportion of a cell's DNA that is located outside the cell nucleus...

Tissue loss triggers regeneration in planarian flatworms

Unlike humans, planarian flatworms have the remarkable ability to regrow any missing body part, making them an ideal model with which to study the...

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