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Scientists want to collect your DNA when you die

It will take 10 years to gather genetic information on half a million dead people. But is it ethical? And how will they do it?

Tick sequencing may eradicate Lyme disease

Scientists have mapped the tick genome. They now hope to eradicate the animal that infects humans with deadly Lyme disease.

Fat ‘tax’ makes people buy healthier food

A tax on fatty food can save lives and encourage people to make healthier food choices, shows new research.

Fruit fly urine helps scientists understand coeliac disease

Scientists do not know why some people develop coeliac disease. But fruit fly urine could hold some answers.

Charcoal makes African soil more fertile and productive

West African farmers are transforming nutrient-poor rainforest land in to fertile soil and their crops are thriving. It might be the solution to food shortages in the African tropics, say scientists.

Cats cause conflict between neighbours

Your cat’s adventures could be causing problems with the neighbours, according to people surveyed for a new research project.

Breakthrough for depression, schizophrenia, and high blood pressure

Scientists have mapped the enzyme that transforms dopamine into noradrenaline. The discovery may lead to better treatment options for diseases such as depression, schizophrenia, and high blood pressure.

Gamers solve problems faster than a computer

Humans routinely find better solutions to difficult quantum mechanical problems than computers, shows new research.

App calms ADHD children before bedtime

A new app helps parents of children with ADHD to cope with daily tasks that are often a source of frustration and stress, such as bedtime. Preliminary results look promising.

Football makes schoolchildren happier

Student health improves when they play football twice a week as part of the school curriculum, shows new study.