Milestone or gravestone? The controversial new drug for Alzheimer’s disease

Image description: a model of the human brain on a deep-blue background, lit up with red and green neon lighting. Neuroscience is a field notorious for many things: amazing discoveries, thought-provoking debates, controversial findings. But ask any neuroscientist and they’ll tell you that it is also a discipline plagued by failed clinical studies. In fact, […]

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Ebola: Background and current Status

Image Credit: bhossfeld (CC0) Ebola is a highly virulent viral disease that spreads to humans from infected animals. Predominantly spreading throughout Africa, it was relatively obscure until 2013. Starting in 2013, a large scale outbreak shocked the world with the possibility that it could spread trans-nationally. Although it does seem that the defences against Ebola […]

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Unprecedented genome data collected

A ground-breaking study, led by Oxford Professor Gil McVean, has collated human genome sequences from 1,092 individuals around the world. The successful ‘1000 Genomes Project’ will allow scientists to identify genetic variations that occur in particular countries and geographic regions. This study will enable the international team to identify diseases that are caused by rare […]

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