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The Times

Rosa Ellis

28 March 2021

United Kingdom

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Bacteriophages, or phages, are viruses that kill bacteria by latching on to and entering target cells and then multiplying and killing the host cell. Phages only attack bacteria, they can’t enter human cells, but the ...

Arizona Daily Star

Caitlin Schmidt

22 May 2021

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Using a federal grant to reopen unsolved sexual assault cases, Tucson police and prosecutors have provided hundreds of victims with something they were denied when they first reported being attacked: a clear sense tha...

Ensia

Hannah Thomasy

2 May 2019

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Across the world, research is being done to figure out if probiotics – live bacteria that hold numerous health benefits – can help animals other than humans. Thus far, such treatments have yielded success in labs work...

NBC News

Maggie Fox

24 September 2018

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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At least five people who were paralyzed are walking, thanks to a pain stimulator and physical therapy. The stimulator, which is implanted in the body, sends electricity to the spine, and combined with therapy, can r...

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Colin Woodard

18 December 2017

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

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Dean Kamen brought the world the Segway scooter, prosthetic arms controlled by the human brain, the first automatic drug pump (used commonly to deliver insulin to diabetic patients), and now he's built the first organ...

Ensia

Karl Gruber

7 December 2017

United States

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Zoonotic outbreaks are increasingly a threat to human populations and other species as they spatially converge in the same environments. In preparation, the project PREDICT has discovered over 1000 distinct diseases a...

The Guardian

Lucy Jolin

28 November 2017

England

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The healthcare world is highly innovative right now as it tries to make medicine more personalized and harnesses engineering. Hitachi is trying to aggregate data in order to prevent disease and help the healthcare sy...

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Odette Chalaby

20 November 2017

Bethesda, Maryland, United States

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Medical research studies have failed to address the impact of gender, and some studies even exclude females in “later stage clinical trials.” This discrepancy results from women being underrepresented in the medical s...

The Atlantic

Ed Yong

8 August 2016

Cairns, Australia

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The dengue virus is spread by mosquito and infects 400 million people every year with no vaccine or successful treatment. Scientists have started to inject mosquitoes with a bacteria they have found to stop the virus ...

Scientific American

Paul Tullis

7 June 2016

San Diego, California, United States

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One scientist, dared to take a risk, and go where no one else had: mass-spectrometry imaging of microbes and chemicals. These images tell scientists how microbes communicate with each other, the environment, and human...

Bloomberg

Alan Jeffries

19 April 2016

Bethesda, Maryland, United States

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Immunotherapy has shown promise as an alternative to radiation, chemotherapy, or surgery for treating certain kinds of cancer. By modifying the body’s own immune system to fight lymphoma, Doctor Steve Rosenberg has se...

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Adam Welz

18 March 2015

Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Laikipia, Kenya

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There are only five northern white rhinos left in existence - all in captivity and unable to breed. Researchers work to identify the most valuable solution to rhino poaching in order to prevent the animal from going e...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Ari Daniel Shapiro

24 February 2014

Palau

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Often it is faster and easier to harvest molecules for medical purposes from nature than to make them in a laboratory. A scientist is looking for cancer-fighting molecules in coral and sponges in the tropical Pacific.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

29 January 2014

Jinotepe, Carazo, Nicaragua

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Many different people are inventing health devices for resource-poor settings, but some organizations - like M.I.T.’s Little Devices group - are empowering developing communities and increasing access to healthcare by...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

2 May 2011

Saratoga, California, United States

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Despite significant increases in funding and advances in biomedical research, the rates of new treatments and drugs for illnesses that reach the market every year have plummeted. A group called the Myelin Repair Found...

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