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Promise in HIV switch

If the battle against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is a chess match, then new research gives new insight into one of the virus' most important moves.

New patent system

Biotechnology discoveries are at risk of being unduly hindered or taken hostage by private corporations unless patent systems are brought into the 21st century.

Unconventional counselling

In an effort to broaden accessibility to genetic counselling, researchers are exploring non-conventional counselling methods that challenge traditional approaches.

Does touch affect flavor?

A recent study found that the firmness of a cup seems to have an impact on consumer evaluations of the beverage contained inside.

Origin of sex chromosomes

There are great similarities between the parts of DNA that determine the sex of plants and animals and the parts of DNA that determine mating types in certain fungi.

Emerging disease hotstops

Scientists say the next major disease could occur in any of a number of developing countries concentrated along the equator.

Microbial profiles of ecosystems

A new study provides the first inventories of microbial capabilities in nine very different types of ecosystems, ranging from coral reefs to deep mines.

Pain linked to learning

For the first time, a research team has linked pain receptors found throughout the nervous system to learning and memory in the brain.

Soy offers cancer protection

A compound found in soybeans almost completely prevented the spread of human prostate cancer in mice, according to a recent study.

ADHD and eating disorders

Girls with ADHD stand a substantially greater risk of developing eating disorders in adolescence than girls without it.

Atherosclerosis protection

Scientists have identified the genes that bring about the reduction of "bad cholesterol" in the blood.

Faecal blood loss with aspirin

Faecal blood loss has been measured using autologous erythrocytes labelled with radioactive chromium for several decades, using generally similar methods.

Ibuprofen negates aspirin

Stroke patients who use ibuprofen for arthritis pain or other conditions undermine aspirin's ability to act as an anti-platelet agent.

Artificial butter harmful

A new study shows that exposure to a chemical called diacetyl, a component of artificial butter flavouring, can be harmful to the nose and...

Colds and ear infection

A new five-year study confirms the suspected close link between the two most common diseases of young children: colds and ear infections.

Human heart development slower than other mammals

The walls of the human heart are a disorganised jumble of tissue until relatively late in pregnancy, despite having the shape of a fully...

Binge drinking may drive heart disease

As the holidays arrive, a group of researchers has identified the precise mechanisms by which binge drinking contributes to clogs in arteries that lead to heart attack and stroke.

Rescue robot exercise

A rescue robot exercise was recently held in which about three dozen robots were tested by developers and first responders in order to develop a standard suite of performance tests.

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