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Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study shows SARS-CoV-2 jumped between people and mink, providing strong evidence of zoonotic transmission

A study investigating SARS-CoV-2 infections across 16 mink farms in the Netherlands, being presented at the ESCMID Conference on Coronavirus Disease (ECCVID, held online from 23-25 September) shows that the virus likely jumped ...

Oncology & Cancer

Immunotherapy improves survival in advanced bladder cancer patients

An immunotherapy drug called 'avelumab' has been shown to significantly improve survival in patients with the most common type of bladder cancer, according to results from a phase III clinical trial led by Queen Mary University ...

Neuroscience

How environmental cues can affect behavior

Although it may seem counterintuitive, researchers are turning to an animal without a brain to crack the neural code underlying behavior.

Genetics

Algorithms uncover cancers' hidden genetic losses and gains

Understanding the specific mutations that contribute to different forms of cancer is critical to improving diagnosis and treatment. But limitations in DNA sequencing technology make it difficult to detect some major mutations ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Do-it-yourself COVID-19 vaccines fraught with public health problems

Well-intentioned "citizen scientists" developing homemade COVID-19 vaccines may believe they're inoculating themselves against the ongoing pandemic, but the practice of self-experimentation with do-it-yourself medical innovations ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Rapid test for COVID-19 shows improved sensitivity

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers at MIT and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, along with their collaborators at the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Brigham and ...

Medical research

Uncovering the clock that sets the speed of embryo development

Why do pregnancies last longer in some species than others? Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute have found the clock that sets the speed of embryonic development and discovered the mechanism is based on how proteins ...

Neuroscience

Neurons in the brainstem entice mice to keep snacking

As anyone who's ever mindlessly munched through an entire bag of chips can attest, it's easy to keep eating once you start. Just putting something tasty in your mouth makes you want more.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Research produces different results from key China COVID-19 study

Early in the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a small study in China produced results that influenced subsequent research on the virus. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati used the same study parameters on a much larger ...