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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.

Bionic Carbon Fiber Arm From Lamborghini? It Could Happen

Bionic Carbon Fiber Arm From Lamborghini? It Could Happen The automaker known for go-fast cars will partner with Houston Methodist Research Institute to create live-better humans.They’ll collaborate on the development of carbon fiber composites that could be used for medical purposes.

This Tiny Radioactive Implant is a Powerhouse for Treating Prostate Cancer

This Tiny Radioactive Implant is a Powerhouse for Treating Prostate Cancer ” Even though there does exist a less-extreme path that prostate cancer can take, there’s still a continuum of severity and aggression, just like there is for any kind of cancer.For those people who do require more aggressive treatments such as radiation, there’s a tiny implant among the relatively less-scary options for prostate cancer treatment.

Force Fields Become a Weapon in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer

Force Fields Become a Weapon in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer Scientists from the UK have figured out how to use a force field to separate cells, and it’s about to change prostate cancer research.One difference between normal and cancerous prostate cells is that where normal prostate cells use zinc to carry out their biologically ordained function, prostate cancers are devoid of zinc.

Single-Dose Radiation Found Effective for Prostate Cancer

Single-Dose Radiation Found Effective for Prostate Cancer Iridium also has isotopes that are useful in cancer treatment — and especially in prostate cancer treatment.The results of a two-year study from Europe have come in, concerning the use of iridium-192 in single-dose radiation therapy for prostate cancer.

New Implants Could Treat Type 2 Diabetes Without Needles

New Implants Could Treat Type 2 Diabetes Without Needles Another condition that has resisted the implant approach is type 2 diabetes.But type 2 diabetes is more related to insulin insensitivity than it is to failure to produce insulin in the first place.