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Biotechnology

A cup of coffee with biodiversity and clean drinking water, please

OPINION: Sales of clean water, CO2 credits and the protection of biodiversity can benefit the environment and provide an extra income for farmers who grow coffee under the shade of trees.

How babies get heart defects

Scientists have mapped the network of genes, proteins and environmental factors that together led to a heart defect in one percent of all children born each year. Better diagnoses and treatments will soon be available, says researcher.

New invention looks deep into the soul of cancer cells

Danish scientists have invented a method that makes MR scanners up to 100,000 times more sensitive. This makes it possible to tell instantly whether a cancer treatment is effective.

Super-antibodies against influenza identified

Scientists have identified antibodies that can fight off just about all forms of influenza. The discovery could lead to a much-improved flu vaccine.

Gene worsens MS in drug treatment

Multiple sclerosis patients cannot tolerate drugs that might otherwise benefit other patients with similar diseases. Sensational new genetic research has figured out why.

Why medicine can kill you

Allergic reactions to medicine are a serious side effect that can kill patients in rare cases. Researchers have now figured out why allergic reactions arise.

Hybrid fungus threatens agriculture

A new breed of fungus appeared less than 500 years ago, when the genes of two different types were accidentally mixed. Such hybrid fungi may be a threat to agriculture.

New cancer drug shows great promise

A new drug for cancer treatment is making good headway. “We’re getting close to our goal,” say scientists.

Garlic – the new weapon against cystic fibrosis

New research shows that garlic has a substance that could be the drug industry’s new weapon against serious complications of the dreaded lung disease cystic fibrosis.

New genetic research highlights influences on children’s development

Two normally occurring variants in hitherto unknown genes influence the size of children’s heads. International research has set new standards for studies in genes’ importance for children’s development.