Scientists are reporting that they have designed and created a genome and then used it to control a cell. Genome pioneer Craig Venter explains how the genome was made and how, one day, it might help scientists engineer bacteria for specific purposes, such as making fuel.
Scientists working with mice are reporting success in using stem cells to regrow cells related to hearing loss. Three researchers join host Ira Flatow to discuss the latest adult and embryonic stem cell research news, and explain how the research may be used in humans.
They look cuddly, but red-eyed treefrogs have a secret dark side. When Michael Caldwell, Smithsonian postdoctoral fellow, filmed the frogs under infrared light he saw a curious behavior: they started shaking. Caldwell and colleagues decode the shakes in Current Biology.
Now that the Library of Congress is archiving tweets and lawyers are using Facebook status updates in cross-examinations, how private are our online musings? Ira Flatow and guests discuss the ethical, legal and social issues associated with increasingly public social networking sites.
In 1834, Cambridge University historian and philosopher of science William Whewell coined the term "scientist" to replace such terms as "cultivators of science." Historian Howard Markel discusses how "scientist" came to be, and lists some possibilities that didn't make the cut.
Host: Marc Pelletier Primate face recognition, new cure for HVC, genetic base change, neanderthals and humans, and more. Guests: Dave Brodbeck, Ph.D., Andre Nantel, Ph.D., Vincent Racaniello, Ph.D., and George Farr, Ph.D. Show notes Comments and suggestions on Futures in Biotech. For a...
One in three adults in the UK do not brush their teeth for a recommended full two minutes per day, experts believe.
Stress caused by the 9/11 attacks may have led to an increase in miscarriages of male foetuses, US researchers say.
Premature birth risk is genetic, researchers suspect after finding early births tend to run in families.
(Radiological Society of North America) Researchers in Germany have used a magnetic resonance imaging technique called continuous arterial spin labeling to map cerebral blood flow patterns in schizophrenic patients quickly and without using radiation or contrast agents.
(Elsevier) Elsevier, the world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products, tools and services, announced a new initiative for the Chinese market which involves the establishment of a strategic cooperation with Peking University Health Science Center...
(Queensland University of Technology) Rates of cardiovascular disease increase dramatically in Australian winters because many people don't know how to rug up against the cold, a Queensland University of Technology seasonal researcher has found.
(Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres) In a German-Indo collaboration, researchers from the Helmholtz-Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig, Germany, have now developed a new method to cheaply produce insulin for the treatment of diabetes. The group's results...
(The Sugar Bureau) A new independent study of scientific research has revealed that, contrary to the widely held hypothesis, dietary sugars are not the driving factor behind rising body mass index levels in children in Great Britain.
(Wiley-Blackwell) A team of American psychologists and neuroscientists have found that adult brain volume, which can be reduced by Anorexia Nervosa, can be regained. The research, published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders, revealed that through specialist treatment...