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Second Ebola outbreak in Congo

IT’S been barely a week since the latest ebola outbreak was defeated. With the efficiency gained through morbid practice and a new vaccine, no new sufferers have been reported in Congo’s Equateur province beyond its 54 cases and 33 deaths. But, 2500km away — on the other side of the …

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Ethics debate

SCIENCE doesn’t know whether these tiny human brains are conscious or not. But they do seem functional. They’re called organoids. They’re small pieces of human brain tissue grown inside host animals through the incredible advance of stem cell technology. The idea is to study how particular parts of our brains …

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Heatwaves can kill you

THIS week the World Meteorological Organisation announced 2017 is on track to be one of the three warmest years ever, which is a dubious honour shared with 2016 and 2015. In addition to being troubling in terms of climate change, heatwaves can also be deadly to humans. How deadly? According …

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Andy Sandness face transplant

STANDING in a stately Mayo Clinic library, Lilly Ross reached out and touched the face of a stranger. She prodded the rosy cheeks and eyeing the hairless gap in a chin she once had known so well. “That’s why he always grew it so long, so he could try to …

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Magic mushrooms can treat depression study says

A NEW study suggests that a hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms may be the next step in treating people with depression. The ingredient in question is called psilocybin, which is a naturally occurring psychedelic and reportedly works by “resetting” the brain. A team of researchers at Imperial College London conducted …

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Gene therapy

SCIENTISTS for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change a person’s DNA to try to cure a disease. The experiment was done Monday in California on 44-year-old Brian Madeux. Through an IV, he received billions of copies of a …

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