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Nov 8, 2016

Human antibody seen shielding mice fetuses from Zika

An antibody produced by the human body shielded unborn mice against Zika, a study said Monday, raising hopes for thwarting the virus known to cause brain damage in human fetuses. The antibody neutralized all known Zika strains in lab experiments, and “markedly reduced” virus ...

Alcohol consumption blamed for 5% of new cancer cases

Nov 3, 2016

Alcohol consumption blamed for 5% of new cancer cases

Alcohol consumption caused more than 700,000 new cancer cases and around 366,000 cancer deaths in 2012, mainly in rich countries, according to data reported Wednesday to the World Cancer Congress in Paris. Comparing the cancer risk of people who drink to that of people ...

French particle accelerator to target 'exotic' nuclei

Nov 3, 2016

French particle accelerator to target 'exotic' nuclei

Long thought to be the smallest building blocks of all matter, we now know atoms are themselves composed of electrons spinning around a nucleus made of protons and neutrons. But where do nuclei come from? How are they forged? Which forces govern their behavior? ...

'Frankenstein' predicted a concept key to modern biology

Oct 30, 2016

'Frankenstein' predicted a concept key to modern biology

Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” foreshadowed a key concept in evolutionary biology that was formally defined by scientists a full century after the man-made monster shambled across the pages of the 19th-century novel, an academic study published on Friday found. The study, which is titled “Frankenstein ...

Oct 29, 2016

Gene variant may drive hunger for high-fat foods

People with a variant of a particular gene prefer high-fat food compared to people without it, said a recent study, suggesting our dietary preferences may be at last partly pre-coded. Unexpectedly, the same individuals had a reduced taste for sugar, according to a recent ...

Chile seeks help to protect world's oldest mummies

Oct 28, 2016

Chile seeks help to protect world's oldest mummies

Chilean researchers are seeking conservation aid to protect a collection of mummified human remains found in northern Chile, the oldest mummies discovered in the world to date. The nearly 300 “Chinchorro” mummies, which have been recovered in recent years from the dry coastal area ...