Jun 26, 2015

Scientists crack gene secret that lets poppies make morphine

Scientists have identified a key gene used by poppies to make morphine, paving the way for better methods of producing the medically important drug, potentially without the need for cultivating poppy fields. The latest finding follows recent success in engineering brewer’s yeast to synthesise ...

Jun 24, 2015

Road noise may cut life expectancy, study finds

Living in a neighborhood with noisy road traffic may reduce life expectancy and boost the risk of stroke, doctors reported in a study Wednesday. Researchers compared noise levels and data for deaths and hospital admissions across London, they said in a paper published in ...

Jun 18, 2015

Thousands of Liberians in 'post-Ebola syndrome' study

Liberia launched a five-year study on Wednesday to unravel the mystery of the long-term health effects that plague Ebola survivors and assess how long they should go without sex. The Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccines in Liberia, a collaboration with the United States ...

Jun 18, 2015

New drug compound may beat malaria with single $1 dose

Scientists have discovered a new anti-malarial compound that could treat patients with a single $1 dose, including those with strains of the mosquito-borne disease that are resistant to current drugs. Although it is still years from reaching the market, results from tests conducted on ...

China's big biotech bet starts to pay off

Jun 10, 2015

China's big biotech bet starts to pay off

Years of pouring money into its laboratories, wooing scientists home from overseas and urging researchers to publish and patent is starting to give China a competitive edge in biotechnology, a strategic field it sees as ripe for “indigenous innovation.” The vast resources China can ...

Jun 5, 2015

U.S. FDA panel backs female libido pill

The drug industry’s decade-spanning search for a female equivalent to Viagra took a major step forward Thursday, as government experts recommended approval for a pill to boost sexual desire in women. The first-of-a-kind endorsement came with safety reservations, however, due to drug side effects ...

Jun 4, 2015

U.S. limits antibiotic use in animals

The agency that regulates food and drugs in the United States has drawn up new rules restricting the use of antibiotics in livestock in an effort to combat a growing resistance to the drugs. Only veterinarians will now be allowed to administer antibiotics used ...