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Coffee and bats mean no pesticides

If you get a chance to sip some shade-grown Mexican organic coffee, please pause a moment to thank the bats that helped make it possible.



Genetics of height

Scientists are beginning to develop a clearer picture of what makes some people stand head and shoulders above the rest.



Genes impact blood pressure

Researchers have discovered that rare genetic variants can be associated with a lower risk of developing high blood pressure.



Treating cocaine addiction

New research in monkeys suggests treating cocaine addiction with a "replacement" drug that mimics the effects of cocaine but has less potential for abuse.



Monkeys choose cocaine

Having a lower social standing increases the likelihood that a monkey faced with a stressful situation will choose cocaine over food, according to a recent study.



Pain killers help muscles

Taking daily recommended dosages of ibuprofen and acetaminophen caused a substantially greater increase over placebo in the amount of muscle gained.



Spanish Mad Cow

Two people have died in Spain from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease, the human form of mad cow disease, the health department said.



ALS toxic assault

Leaky blood vessels that lose their ability to protect the spinal cord from toxins may play a role in the development of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.



Complexities of wetting theory

The relationship between a thin liquid film or drop of liquid and the shape of the surface that it wets is explained with a new simplified mathematical formula.



Dopamine mother cells

Mother cells which produce the neurons affected by Parkinson's disease have been identified by scientists, according to new research.



Knockdown of the bovine prion gene PRNP

The authors of this study hypothesise that bovine animals with reduced PrP would be tolerant to BSE.



Transmission of atypical scrapie to sheep

Active surveillance for transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in small ruminants has been an EU regulatory requirement since 2002.



Transcriptional profiling of prion infection

Prion infection results in progressive neurodegeneration of the central nervous system invariably resulting in death.



The SystemSURE Plus

This rapid test system presents revolutionary technology in a simple, robust format that delivers best value and performance.



Future combination therapy

Two drugs bind to receptor sites on some tumours in different places at the same time, suggesting a new combination therapy for cancer.



Continental markers

An international team of researchers has developed a technique to detect the ancestry of disease genes in hybrid, or mixed, human populations.



Making safe nanotubes

As useful as nanotubes may be, the process of making them may have unintentional and potentially harmful impacts on the environment.



Green decontamination

Research by two scientists has resulted in an exciting new method for rapidly and safely destroying toxic agents such as chemical weapons and pesticides.



50,000th molecule structure

The Protein Data Bank (PDB) based at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) this month reached a significant milestone.



Needle-size device

Engineers are creating a wireless device designed to be injected into tumours to tell doctors the precise dose of radiation received.



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