A US government study aims to sequence the genomes of one million volunteers as part of its new ”All of Us” project. A genetic-counselling company hired by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will work with participants to help them understand their results. Most of the participants are recruited from ethnic and socioeconomic groups that are typically under-represented in biomedical studies.
Researchers at Karolinska Institute in Sweden have discovered a new sensory organ that can detect painful mechanical damage such as pricks and impacts. These octopus-like cells surround the pain-sensing nerves and extend into the outer layer of skin. The discovery raises hopes that it could lead to the development of new painkilling drugs.
Spanish scientists produced the first human-monkey chimeras in China to bypass ethical guardrails, igniting yet another ethical debate. Chimeras could effectively address the global shortage of organs, as well as organ rejection but raise many moral concerns. Advancements in this field could save lives yet they are highly controversial.
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A small number of diligent people is rooting around scientific records for suspicious data in clinical research. Anaesthetist for England’s National Health Service John Carlisle is one of them. He has spotted numerous problems in a large number of research papers, and his findings have led to hundreds of retracted papers, due to both misconduct and mistakes. Even a leading medical journal has changed its practice after a few Carlisle’s discoveries.
Researchers at Flinders University have developed a new flu vaccine believed to be the first in the world to be completely designed by artificial intelligence (AI). The technology is expected to be able to create better vaccines for a lower price. These new vaccines could be discovered and tested at a much faster pace than ever before.
Gene drives are capable of altering genomes of entire animal populations by passing down mutations through generations faster than natural inheritance. The main goal of using them is to defeat diseases, control pests and speed up lab work. Self-destructing mosquitoes and sterilized rodents are in the center of interest. However, recent advancements raise concerns about unleashing this powerful technology with no clear ecological consequences
Researchers from China’s Soochow University have developed a new molecular “claw” that hooks onto toxic uranium isotopes, making them easier for the kidneys to excrete. If proven functional in humans, it would represent the first effective way for quickly removing the heavy metal from a person’s body. The method could prove vital in areas with contaminated groundwater and for the unfortunate ones who drink it.
A new study identified the species of bacteria in the human infant gut that protect against food allergies. A resulting oral therapy in mice has replenished the “good” bacteria, prevented food allergies from forming and even suppressed some pre-existing diseases. Contrary to the current therapies, it has the potential to treat food allergies at a much broader scope.
Researchers from the University of Central Florida have found a molecular connection between a common food preservative in processed foods, neuronal disruption, and autism. These findings suggest that there may be a link between the consumption of processed foods during pregnancy and the rise of autism.