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Researchers discover a virus that makes the toxin from black widow spider venom

Researchers discover a virus that makes the toxin from black widow spider venom Biotechnologists have discovered some horrifying new consequences of lateral gene transfer: a virus that started making the toxin from black widow spider venom, all by itself.It’s even less comforting that the virus acquired the ability to make the black widow toxin all on its own.

Research ethics board halts zombie apocalypse ahead of time

Research ethics board halts zombie apocalypse ahead of time While the zombie apocalypse is a fun topic for speculation, comparatively few people actually believe that it could happen.Jokey comments aside, a planned research trial to reanimate “living cadavers” has been halted by the Indian research ethics board, amid a cloud of fatal problems with the study.

Drug delivery implants could change the way we approach chronic conditions

Drug delivery implants could change the way we approach chronic conditions There’s a trend in medicine toward using implants to deliver medication over long periods of time.They eliminate the possibility that a patient’s pain meds could be sold, stolen, or otherwise fall into the wrong hands.

Scientists store digital files in an unlikely place: DNA

Scientists store digital files in an unlikely place: DNA The idea with digital data is to take advantage of this dense, compact DNA structure and fill it with other types of information.They compressed those data files into one master file, then split the data into short strings of binary code made of ones and zeros.

Real-life tricorders are here 230 years early, courtesy of the Tricorder XPrize

Real-life tricorders are here 230 years early, courtesy of the Tricorder XPrize Tricorders are coming to the mass market, courtesy of the just-awarded Tricorder XPrize.Tricorders in the Star Trek universe are capable of scanning almost all species, making their wielders capable of diagnosing nearly any health problem.

Despite What You May Have Heard, Licking Frogs Does Not Cure the Flu

Despite What You May Have Heard, Licking Frogs Does Not Cure the Flu The skin microbiome of certain amphibians could help us figure out how to curb the fungal epidemic called chytridiomycosis that threatens tropical frogs.The strain of flu they were using binds to human cells using lollipop-shaped extensions jutting out from its surface.