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An Indian Biotech company claims to have developed potential Zika vaccine

The World Health Organisation has declared Zika and its suspected link to birth defects a global health emergency. More than 20 countries in Latin America have reported an outbreak and a rare case of the Zika virus being transmitted through sex has been reported in Texas, USA.

As the world searches for a vaccine and other global companies take first steps on research, the Bharat Biotech International Limited in Hyderabad says it has patented the Zika vaccine.

Protein 'handbrake' halts leukemia in its tracks

Melbourne researchers have showed that they can stop leukemia in its tracks by targeting a protein that puts the handbrake on cancer cell growth.The researchers discovered that targeting a protein called Hhex could cure acute myeloid leukemia (AML) in preclinical disease models, and could be a key target for new therapies for human leukemia.

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Light-activated nanoparticles kill over 90% of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as Salmonella, E. Coli and Staphylococcus infect some 2 million people and kill at least 23,000 people in the United States each year. Efforts to thwart these so-called "superbugs" have consistently fallen short due to the bacteria's ability to rapidly adapt and develop immunity to common antibiotics such as penicillin.


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Researchers used polymer nano-shell treatment to heal bones by themselves

A team of researchers from the University of Michigan has developed a new technique to aid bone repair, using polymer nano-shells to deliver microRNA molecules. The method could one day have a big impact on regenerative medicine, directing cells already present at injury sites to aid healing.



Scientists grew human fallopian tubes in the lab

Researchers in Germany have have grown the innermost layer of human fallopian tubes in a lab. The new technique is offering fresh insights into this essential component of the female reproductive system, while also hinting at potential new directions for the treatment of various reproductive disorders.

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The fallopian tubes play a crucial role in the female...

Researchers secured $16m grant to develop brain tech to reanimate paralyzed limbs

A research team from the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) has been awarded a research grant of $16 million to create implantable chips able to reanimate paralyzed limbs.

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Over the Christmas period, researchers from the CSNE, led by the University of Washington and including specialists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and...

Scientists breach Brain Barrier to treat Brain Tumour

For the first time ever, scientists have succeeded in non-invasively breaking through the blood-brain barrier that protects the brain, managing to deliver chemotherapy medication directly into the malignant brain tumour of a patient.

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Our blood-brain barrier is a highly selective...

Genetically altered algae kill cancer cells and leave healthy cells unharmed

Scientists in Europe and Australia have had a breakthrough in cancer research that is being lauded as a potential cure for cancer. The researchers have created genetically engineered algae that can be used to kill cancer cells without harming the healthy cells. And if it works outside the lab, it could very well change the way cancer is treated.


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