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Scientists Just Worked Out How To 3D Print Organs With Blood Vessels

The likelihood of 3D printing functional organs just took a huge step forward, with scientists at the University of California working out a way to print not just the organ, but also the blood vessels needed to transport nutrients, oxygen and metabolic waste. Read More >>

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Two-Thirds of All Cancer Mutations Are ‘Unavoidable,’ Scientists Claim

In a study that’s bound to attract considerable controversy, a pair of researchers are claiming that between 60 and 66 per cent of all cancer-causing mutations are the result of random DNA copying errors, making them essentially unavoidable. The new research is offering important insights into how cancer emerges, and how it should be diagnosed and treated—but many questions remain. Read More >>

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Should Unvaccinated Kids Be Banned From Daycare?

To prevent the spread of infectious diseases, Prime Minister Ian Turnbull of Australia is pushing its states and territories to adopt measures that would prevent unvaccinated children from attending childcare centres. Sounds harsh, but experts say it’s a good idea—one that’ll hopefully prevent the spread of infectious diseases. Read More >>

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An Edible Vaccine For Wild Apes Could Revolutionise the Way We Fight Ebola

Like humans, gorillas and chimpanzees can get infected by Ebola. To protect our closest relatives from this dreaded disease, and to prevent the virus from spilling over into human populations, scientists have now developed an oral vaccine to combat Ebola in the wild. It sounds very promising, but the researchers have run into legal, political, and ethical obstacles that could make it difficult to push the research further. Read More >>

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Surgeons Remove 915 Coins From the Belly of a Sea Turtle

In Thailand, it’s believed that throwing coins onto a turtle will bring longevity and good fortune. For many years, a female green sea turtle in the eastern town of Sri Racha had to endure this superstition while wading in a public pool. She consumed 915 coins in the process. Read More >>

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An Alarming Number of Kids Are Getting Sick From Drinking Hand Sanitisers

Alcohol-based hand sanitisers are practically everywhere these days, but a new government report suggests an increasing number of children are ingesting these products and getting quite sick. Troublingly, many of these kids are drinking sanitisers to get a quick buzz from the alcohol. Read More >>

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Biotech Firm Halts ‘Revolutionary’ Cancer Treatment After Patient Deaths

Following the deaths of five patients, Juno Therapeutics has decided to pull the plug on an experimental cancer treatment that boosts the power of a patient’s immune cells. The news comes just days after the company’s rival, Kite Pharma, announced its success with a similar method, showing there’s still hope for this potentially revolutionary gene therapy. Read More >>

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Dozens of Patients Are Suing a Clinic That Gave Them Fake Alzheimer’s Diagnoses

Imagine that a doctor told you that your brain was slowly starting to self-destruct, that soon your once-healthy neurons would stop functioning, that you would lose all connection with reality, with the things and people that you loved. Then imagine that you found out that not only did that doctor make it all up, but he wasn’t even actually a doctor. You would be pretty pissed, right? Read More >>

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An Innovative New Cancer Therapy Hijacks Bacteria to Fight Tumours

Researchers from South Korea have engineered a strain of bacteria that infiltrates tumours and fools the body’s immune system into attacking cancer cells. In experiments, the modified bacteria worked to reduce cancer in mice, raising hope for human trials. Read More >>

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Using Edible Electronics To Monitor Our Bodies From Within

No, it's not the latest fitness craze - although I wouldn't be surprised if this discovery leads us down that path. Read More >>

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This Tiny Disease-Diagnosing Microchip Costs Less Than a Penny to Make

Diagnosing disease often requires analysing and detecting single cells with lab tests that cost hundreds of pounds each. Hospitals in a poor country stricken with a disease epidemic like HIV or malaria simply might not have the funds to run all of those tests. Scientists are looking for a cheaper option. Read More >>

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Overeating at the Super Bowl is Bad, World’s Least Surprising Study Finds

This year, over a hundred million people will shout and flail at flashing screens, completely engrossed by the “Super Bowl”, a live Lady Gaga concert bookended by scenes of strong, spandex-clad men amassing in huge, sweaty piles, hoping to “score points” to “win”. Those hundred million people will inevitably consume far more food than they usually do. Some will go to the hospital, as common sense and an underwhelming new study have found. Read More >>

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Human-Pig Chimeras Suggest a Long Road to Organ Farming

Several dozen embryos sat in a lab that seemed straight out of a David Lynch film — part pig, part human. It’s just the first step in a strange journey that may one day lead to a new way to grow and harvest human organs. Read More >>

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A Japanese Medical Centre Is Testing Laughter As A Cancer Treatment

Is laughter the best medicine? Well, no, clearly it's not. But Osaka Medical Centre for Cancer and Cardiovascular Diseases in Japan intends to find out whether it can have a beneficial effect on people with cancer, by hosting comedy shows at its new facility. Read More >>