Obokata to wrap up STAP cell reproduction bid

Nov 29, 2014

Obokata to wrap up STAP cell reproduction bid

KYODO — Discredited stem-cell biologist Haruko Obokata will end her attempts to reproduce so-called STAP cells on Sunday as scheduled, officials at the Riken research institute said. The young scientist is attempting to prove that the cells, which are purportedly capable of developing into ...

Nov 27, 2014

DNA can survive trip to suborbital space and back

DNA molecules attached to the outside of a rocket may be able survive a trip to suborbital space and back into the Earth’s atmosphere at extremely high temperatures, according to a study released Wednesday. The experiment, carried out on the TEXUS-49 rocket mission in ...

Nov 18, 2014

Study suggests genetic link for male homosexuality

A large study of gay brothers adds to evidence that genes influence men’s chances of being homosexual, but the results aren’t strong enough to prove it. Some scientists believe several genes might affect sexual orientation. Researchers who led the new study of nearly 800 ...

Japanese scientists succeed in making mice transparent

Nov 7, 2014

Japanese scientists succeed in making mice transparent

Invisibility may still be the stuff of fiction, but researchers in Japan have developed a way to make mice almost totally transparent. Using a method that almost completely removes color from tissue, researchers say they can now examine individual organs or even whole bodies ...

Nov 4, 2014

Scientists find mechanism for spontaneous HIV cure

French scientists on Tuesday unveiled the genetic mechanism by which they believe two men were spontaneously cured of HIV, and said the discovery may offer a new strategy in the fight against AIDS. In both asymptomatic men, the AIDS-causing virus was inactivated due to ...