- Scientists advocate retention of existing smallpox stocks ahead of meeting of the World Health Assembly
- 10 year study shows ‘Lethal Factor’ could be X-factor for new anthrax vaccine
- Humans Have A Nose for Gender
- Sperm Precursors Made from Stem Cells of Infertile Men
- Malnutrition During Pregnancy May Affect the Health of Future Generations
Posted: 02 May 2014 06:37 AM PDT
The majority opinion of advisory groups to the World Health Organisation (WHO) is that remaining stocks of live variola, the virus that causes smallpox, should be discontinued. The issue is on the agenda of the upcoming meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA), which is the governing body of WHO.
Posted: 01 May 2014 11:35 AM PDT
Researchers have identified a section of the anthrax toxin Lethal Factor that could help produce a more effective vaccine.
Posted: 01 May 2014 09:09 AM PDT
The human body produces chemical cues that communicate gender to members of the opposite sex, according to researchers who report their findings in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 1. Whiffs of the active steroid ingredients (androstadienone in males and estratetraenol in females) influence our perceptions of movement as being either more masculine or more feminine. The effect, which occurs completely without awareness, depends on both our biological sex and our sexual orientations.
Posted: 01 May 2014 09:04 AM PDT
Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Cell Reports on May 1st have successfully coaxed stem cells made from the skin cells of infertile men into producing sperm cell precursors. These induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) produced sperm precursors following transplantation into the testes of mice.
Posted: 01 May 2014 09:00 AM PDT
New research reveals how environmental factors in the womb can predispose not only the mother's own offspring but also the grandoffspring to metabolic disorders like liver disease. Researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Cell Metabolism found for pregnant mice that are malnourished—experiencing a 50% caloric restriction during the last week of pregnancy—that their offspring are at first growth restricted and have low birth weight but then go on to become obese and diabetic as they age.
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