The Malta Independent 20 January 2018, Saturday


Expanding DNA's alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins

Friday, 19 January 2018, 14:23 Last update: about 3 days ago Associated Press

Scientists are expanding the genetic code of life, using man-made DNA to create a semi-synthetic strain of bacteria — and new research shows those altered microbes actually worked to produce...

Tearful meeting for pair forever linked by face transplant

Thursday, 18 January 2018, 14:21 Last update: about 3 days ago Associated Press

Standing in a stately Mayo Clinic library, Lilly Ross reached out and touched the face of a stranger, prodding the rosy cheeks and eyeing the hairless gap in a chin she once had known so...

In a milestone year, gene therapy finds a place in medicine

Wednesday, 17 January 2018, 14:18 Last update: about 3 days ago Associated Press

After decades of hope and high promise, this was the year scientists really showed they could doctor DNA to successfully treat diseases. Gene therapies to treat cancer and even pull off the...

Living and aging well with HIV: New strategies and new research

Tuesday, 16 January 2018, 12:41 Last update: about 7 days ago The Conversation

A generation ago, a list of tips for aging well with AIDS would have seemed a cruel joke. It also would have not been useful. Life expectancy immediately following the identification of the virus in...

First baby from a uterus transplant in the US born in Dallas

Sunday, 14 January 2018, 10:57 Last update: about 12 days ago Associated Press

The first birth as a result of a womb transplant in the United States has occurred in Texas, a milestone for the U.S. but one achieved several years ago in Sweden. A woman who had been born...

Scientists tune into brain to uncover music's healing power

Saturday, 13 January 2018, 10:55 Last update: about 12 days ago

Like a friendly Pied Piper, the violinist keeps up a toe-tapping beat as dancers weave through busy hospital hallways and into the chemotherapy unit, patients looking up in surprised delight....

Deaths from window blinds show need for cord ban, study says

Friday, 12 January 2018, 10:52 Last update: about 12 days ago Associated Press

Children's injuries and deaths from window blinds have not stalled despite decades of safety concerns, according to a new U.S. study that recommends a complete ban on blinds with cords. Nearly...

Ultra-personal therapy: Gene tumour boards guide cancer care

Thursday, 11 January 2018, 10:49 Last update: about 8 days ago Associated Press

Doctors were just guessing a decade ago when they gave Alison Cairnes' husband a new drug they hoped would shrink his lung tumours. Now she takes it, but the choice was no guesswork. Sophisticated...

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