A Rare Genetic Mutation in These Siblings Makes Them Immune to Viruses

Viruses are incompetent but smart little things. Unable to make proteins on their own, they hijack ours for their own nefarious purposes. But what if we gave the viruses broken proteins? An incredibly rare genetic disorder in a brother and sister pair does exactly that, making them immune to many classes of viruses—and suggesting new possibilities for antiviral treatments. Read More >>

Meet the World’s Top Virus Hunter

Ian Lipkin, world-renowned virus hunter, is often jetting off to far-flung countries—countries in the middle of strange epidemics, that is. From SARS in China to MERS in Saudi Arabia, his lab has discovered or characterized over 500 viruses previously mysterious to humans. But what's it like working on the frontlines of an epidemic? How do you identify a virus you can't even see? Gizmodo got in touch with Lipkin to ask some questions about the life of a virus hunter. Read More >>

Will Smallpox Reemerge in Siberia as Corpses Thaw from Climate Change?

In an article primarily about the potential folly of holding onto stockpiles of smallpox virus for research purposes the BBC includes one vile idea. Could the frozen bodies of smallpox victims in Siberia, now thawing because of climate change, re-release the virus into the environment and thus start a global pandemic? Read More >>

New York's Charming Water Towers are Actually Bacteria-Filled Horrorshows

Ah, New York—the sparkling skyline! The bustling streets! The... poop-filled water tanks? According to a new report from The New York Times, the city's roughly 17,000 water tanks are totally unsanitary and widely unregulated. Read More >>

Facebook Could Die Out Like an Infectious Disease by 2017

If you view Facebook as a plague on social dynamics, you might not be far wrong. Researchers from Princeton University claim that the social network's popularity has spread like an infectious disease—but as we slowly become immune to its charms, it will die out. Read More >>

All the World's Preventable Disease Outbreaks, Visualised

Although medical science has advanced immeasurably in the last century, many preventable diseases still claim lives due to ineffective vaccination programs. This map shows when and where that happens. Read More >>

Not Just for Tudor Kings: Rate of Gout Sufferers in the UK Increasing

The prevalence of gout – said to be the most painful form of arthritis – in the UK has increased substantially in recent years according to a study by the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases journal. Between 1997 and 2012 cases of gout rocketed by 64 per cent, increasing four per cent a year. Read More >>

These Machines are Revolutionising Human Genome Sequencing

the first human genome was decoded at a cost of $3 billion, scientists have been pushing for  a system that can process thousands of genomes at a fraction of the cost. Today, Illumina unveiled a set of machines that do just that. For geneticists and medical researchers, this is a monumental moment. Read More >>

An Unknown Disease Is Turning Starfish Into Goop

Starfish may be flexible, but they're also tough. Yet a mysterious "wasting syndrome" is making starfish from Southern California to Alaska decay while still alive. Populations are being decimated up and down the west coast of America. Read More >>

This (Slightly Morbid) Interactive Chart Maps British Deaths in the 21st Century

Brits in the 21st century are most likely to die from circulatory diseases. FACT. That's the finding of the latest Guardian Data Blog, which tracks all registered deaths between 2001 and 2012 across England and Wales. Read More >>

Anti-Wrinkle Cream Might Be the Key to Treating Parkinson's Disease

A new study suggests that kinetin, a chemical frequently used in anti aging creams, could be used to develop a treatment for Parkinson's Disease. Forget regenerating your youthful skin, this chemical could be used to reverse the cell death that causes the deadly disorder that afflicts one in every 500 people in the UK.
According to the study published Cell, researchers used kinetin to boost the activity of an enzyme called PINK1. This enzyme has been linked to brain cell death in patients with early onset Parkinson's, and specifically, with the disorder's hallmark symptoms. Read More >>

The Old DVD Player Sitting in Your Garage Can Test for HIV

Remember DVD players? You know, those boxes that those oversized blu-ray discs used to slide into? Well, looks like they won't be going the way of VHS tapes and cassettes (ask your parents) just yet. Because researchers have just figured out a way to turn them into affordable, blood-analysing, cellular-imaging, laser-scanning microscopes capable of completing HIV tests in mere minutes. Read More >>

A Baby Has Been Cured of HIV

It may sound hard to believe, but doctors from Mississippi are saying that for the first time, an infant has been cured of an HIV infection. The New York Times relays reports from doctors who say the infant had tested positive for HIV on five separate occasions and now, at age two and a half and off drugs for an entire year, the child shows no signs of the virus in its body. Read More >>

Tiny Pin-Cushions Made of Sugar Are The Sweetest, Cheapest Way To Get Vaccinated

Even if it means protection from dangerous, even fatal diseases, having a needle jabbed into your skin and liquid sickness squirted into your flesh is no fun for anyone. There are other needleless injection solutions out there, but a new microneedle array made completely out of dried sugar promises to make vaccination not only painless, but dirt cheap. Read More >>


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