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Genetic influence on Ebola in mice – experts respond

Posted in Science Alert: Experts Respond on October 31st, 2014.

Research published today in the journal Science shows how genetics influence the severity of symptoms in mice infected with the Ebola virus. Effects ranged from total resistance with no symptoms, to severe symptoms and death – and these depended on the genetic background of the infected mice. Our colleagues at the UK SMC collected the following […]

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High milk intake and increased mortality – experts respond

A high milk intake in women and men is not accompanied by a lower risk of fracture and instead may be associated with a higher rate of death, suggests Swedish research. The authors of a new study, published in the BMJ, say the increased risk of early death may be explained by the high levels […]

October 29th, 2014 Read full Story

Finnish ‘violent gene’ study – experts respond

Two genes that may be associated with violent behaviour have been identified in a study of Finnish criminals, but independent experts are urging caution in interpreting the results. A new study analysing the DNA of 895 Finnish individuals guilty of criminal behaviour found a link between criminal behaviour and variations in two particular genes: cadherin […]

October 29th, 2014 Read full Story

Bisphenol A in receipt paper – experts respond

A study published today in the journal PLOS One suggests that people who frequently handle thermal cash register paper are exposed to high levels of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical widely used to coat till receipts. Researchers from the University of Missouri and the Universite de Toulouse set up an experiment where 10 individuals used hand sanitiser, touched a […]

October 23rd, 2014 Read full Story

GSK Ebola vaccine won’t be ready until late 2015 – experts respond

The pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has said that its potential Ebola vaccine isn’t likely to be ready until late 2015. GSK is one of several companies trying to fast-track a vaccine to prevent the spread of Ebola in West Africa, compressing trials that would normally take up to 10 years into just 12 months. According to GSK’s press […]

October 20th, 2014 Read full Story

Updated: NZ climate proposal supported by US – experts respond

The ‘New Zealand proposal’ – an outline for reaching a climate agreement at negotiations in Paris next year – has this week received backing from the head of US climate negotiations. The proposal, submitted to the UN by New Zealand officials in March, offers an outline for drafting climate negotiations ahead of a meetings to […]

October 17th, 2014 Read full Story

Lockheed Martin announces nuclear fusion power advances – experts respond

US defence technology firm Lockheed Martin Corp says in a press release that it has made major technological advances in developing a power source based on nuclear fusion. The first reactors, small enough to fit on the back of a truck, could be ready in a decade, Lockheed Martin says. It also claims that it has shown it […]

October 16th, 2014 Read full Story

Gradual vs. rapid weight loss – Experts respond

Contrary to current dietary recommendations, slow and steady weight loss does not reduce the amount or rate of weight regain compared with losing weight quickly, according to new research. The Australian study was based 200 obese adults who were randomly assigned to either a 12-week rapid weight loss programme on a very-low-calorie diet or a […]

October 16th, 2014 Read full Story

Plants capture more CO2 than expected – experts respond

A study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has suggested that current climate models have underestimated how much carbon dioxide plants absorb, therefore overstating how much of the gas is actually in the atmosphere. The scientists say current forecasts don’t account for the slow diffusion of atmospheric carbon dioxide inside plant leaves, […]

October 14th, 2014 Read full Story

UPDATED: What’s troubling our stomachs? Expert responds

The bacteria behind a recent spate of stomach complaints has been identified as Yersinia pseudotuberculosis.   Updated: The latest update from the Ministry of Primary Industries notes that there has been a total of 127 confirmed cases and 16 presumptive cases (suspected yet to be confirmed). A total of 38 people have been hospitalised. Over the past […]

October 9th, 2014 Read full Story


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