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Lung cancer gene

In a large, multi-institutional study, researchers have found one gene variant that is linked to an increased risk of lung cancer.



Natural trans fats benefits

A diet with enriched levels of trans vaccenic acid (VA) can reduce risk factors associated with heart disease, diabetes and obesity.



Dangerous fungus identified

Scientists have provided the first description of a fungus responsible for the wilt of redbay trees along the coasts of the US.



Stress can be good

Learning to avoid harm is necessary not only for surviving in the face of basic threats, but also for avoiding more complex social or economic threats.



Crowning glory

Coating dental implants with a synthetic bone material prior to implantation allows such implant to become incorporated much more successfully into the jaw.



Supplements not nutritious

Selenium supplementation, for example in mineral tablets, might not be that beneficial for the majority of people according to researchers.



Treating muscle disease

sIBM is a muscle disease that affects predominantly older men, causing muscles to gradually weaken and waste away.



Hybrid computers on horizon

Hybrid computer will feature seamless integration of memory and logical functions and is expected to permit the design of devices that operate at much higher speeds.



Plant hormone production

Researchers have pinpointed a small group of genes responsible for "telling" plants when, where and how to produce a hormone that is key to their development.



Access to vaccines

Building local clinical research and vaccine production capacity in developing countries will increase the global availability of affordable vaccines.



Graphene gazing

The world's thinnest material absorbs a well-defined fraction of visible light, which allows the direct determination of the fine structure constant.



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.



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