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Bloodthirsty Ticks Have A Seriously Weird Genome

Ticks — those unbreakable, blood-lusting arthropods that haunt your childhood memories — have some fascinating genetic secrets. The tick genome tells a tale of weaponised spit, expandable armour and how to drink 100 times one’s body weight in blood. Strangest of all, it’s utterly enormous.


The Older You Get, The More Likely It Is You'll Have Mutated 'Selfish' Sperm Cells

It’s well established that older men are more likely to pass on a genetic disorder to their offspring, but we’re learning more about why this happens: As men age, their sperm mutates more frequently. This is bad news for men who want to have children later in life.


How 'Memory Hacking' Is Becoming A Reality

Movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Inception suggest it may eventually be possible to erase, modify or even implant memories into your brain. An upcoming episode of American science show NOVA introduces viewers to this futuristic possibility and the scientists who are trying to make it happen.


Brain Preservation Breakthrough Could Usher In A New Era In Cryonics

Researchers from 21st Century Medicine have developed a new technique to allow long term storage of a near-perfect mammalian brain. It’s a breakthrough that could have serious implications for cryonics, and the futuristic prospect of bringing the frozen dead back to life.


Dengue Outbreak Prompts State Of Emergency On Hawaii's Big Island

The largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago has recorded nearly 250 cases of dengue fever since the start of September, prompting officials to declare a localised state of emergency.


New Zika Guidelines Advise Pregnant Women To Avoid Sex

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention is asking pregnant women to abstain from sex if their partner has recently visited an area where Zika is currently active. The CDC’s updated guidelines also offers advice for men and their nonpregnant partners.


Scientists Isolate Gene Responsible For Rare Vibration Allergy

A small segment of the population is literally allergic to vibrations, an annoying condition that gives rise to hives and other symptoms. Researchers at the NIH have now isolated the genetic mutation responsible for the disorder, and it’s offering new insight into related conditions.


Johnny Cash Has A New Arachnid Namesake

Here’s a fun fact to chew on while planning your next trip to America: the southwestern United States is brimming with tarantula diversity. Today in the journal ZooKeys, biologists describe 14 previously unknown species of tarantulas living in the American Southwest, including Aphonopelma johnnycashi. Country music legend Johnny Cash has a new namesake.


US Experts Say Three-Parent Babies Are OK, Just No Girls

A controversial fertility treatment requiring three genetic parents has been approved by an FDA-appointed expert panel. This means the therapy, which eliminates rare mitochondrial diseases, could soon be legal in the US. But on the recommendation of the panel, it won’t be available to girls.


Promising New Therapy Extends Lifespans Of Mice By 35 Per Cent

By flushing out cells worn with age, researchers from the Mayo Clinic have extended the lifespans of mice by as much as 35 per cent. It’s an encouraging finding that could eventually lead to similar therapies in humans.


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