Paul Biegler

Paul Biegler

Paul Biegler is a philosopher, physician and Adjunct Research Fellow in Bioethics at Monash University. He received the 2012 Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Prize and his book The Ethical Treatment of Depression (MIT Press 2011) won the Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics.

  • Biohacking: future tense

    What on earth is brainjacking, and should you be worried about it? It depends…

    “Let’s just burn your mind out”. It’s December 2020 and Laurie Pycroft is pumped. The noir, hyperviolent and futurist...

    April 30, 2021
  • Behind the science of the Folbigg petition

    Ninety scientists have backed a petition for Kathleen Folbigg’s release. We unpack the research t...

    A group of eminent Australian and international experts has petitioned the NSW Governor to pardon serial child killer...

    March 4, 2021
  • Inside Biology’s Black Box

    New device is shedding fresh light on human development.

    This article from the March issue of Cosmos has been shortlisted for the 2020 Eureka Prize for Long-Form Science Jour...

    September 29, 2020
  • Do our devices rule our self-control?

    Neurological evidence surrounding phone addiction.

    More than three billion Earthlings have a smartphone, a device on track to have the most rapid take-up of any technol...

    September 3, 2020
  • Machine learning for cancer screening

    New blood test learns from DNA in the bloodstream.

    Scientists have developed a blood test or “liquid biopsy” that detects lung cancer at an early stage, something that ...

    March 26, 2020
  • New promise for blood transfusions

    Scientists create blood cells that could be friendly to all.

    Scientists have created a “stealth” red blood cell that camouflages its immune status, meaning it could potentially b...

    March 23, 2020
  • AI creates protein symphony

    Amino acids have unique musical vibrations.

    Researchers have found that proteins – building blocks for the human body found in everything from hair to muscle and...

    March 18, 2020
  • Parrots do probability

    Study finds evidence of statistical inference beyond great apes.

    A New Zealand-based PhD student has teamed up with a parrot called Blofeld and, together, they have raised the “spect...

    March 3, 2020
  • Bacterial infection linked to bowel cancer

    Researchers use organoids to detect mutational signature.

    A toxin produced by bacteria found in some probiotics – over-the-counter supplements used to treat conditions includi...

    February 27, 2020
  • Cleaning products linked to asthma

    Canadian researchers call for better information on packaging.

    A Canadian study of more than 2000 babies suggests those brought up in households that used more cleaning products we...

    February 18, 2020
  • Parabens linked to weight gain in childhood

    Study sounds warning about maternal paraben exposure.

    A German study has found that pregnant women who use parabens – chemicals widely used as preservatives in cosmetics, ...

    February 11, 2020
  • A deep dive into the genomes of cancer

    Study helps unravel the complexities of cause and effect.

    The largest ever study of cancer genetics, involving more than 1300 researchers across four continents, has catalogue...

    February 5, 2020
  • Pain of discrimination is real

    Neural and social factors contribute to ethnic differences.

    Scientists have found that racial discrimination literally does hurt, showing that African Americans feel more pain a...

    February 3, 2020
  • Bionic heart beats like the real thing

    A model for testing artificial valves and cardiac devices.

    If you’re unlucky enough to need a heart valve replacement, a pacemaker or an internal defibrillator, there's a new i...

    January 30, 2020
  • Injured knee? Send in the microbots

    Korean scientists propose novel way to treat damaged cartilage.

    Researchers have invented magnetic microbots that deliver stem cells to damaged cartilage in the knee, a discovery th...

    January 26, 2020
  • Grow your own venom to create antivenom

    New snake organoids produce and secrete active toxins.

    European researchers have used stem cells from snakes to grow mini-glands that make venom, a finding that could addre...

    January 23, 2020
  • The Bunny Identity

    3D model printed using data stored inside itself.

    A plastic rabbit below the 3D printer that created it.ETH Zurich / Julian Koch By Paul BieglerScientists may just hav...

    December 9, 2019
  • How stem cells help repair hearts

    Study suggests they trigger an immune response.

    By Paul BieglerThe controversial use of stem cells to help patients recover from a heart attack may work, but not bec...

    November 27, 2019
  • Just how well could you design a baby?

    Study questions whether IQ or height can be predicted at all.

    By Paul BieglerNot everyone wants to raise the lovechild of Albert Einstein and Arnold Schwarzenegger but, like it or...

    November 24, 2019
  • Taking cues from binge drinking mice

    Research identifies biomarker for compulsive consumption.

    Researchers have found mice that binge drink when given free access to alcohol have a previously unidentified brain c...

    November 21, 2019
  • AI helps cells pull themselves together

    Novel approach could streamline the creation of mini-organs.

    US scientists have overcome a major stumbling block in the creation of mini-organs, programming cells to take on the ...

    November 20, 2019
  • The tour guide in our brain

    Researchers find specific neurons that map memories.

    PM Images / Getty Images Researchers have uncovered a new class of brain cell that acts like the red pin on a Google...

    November 11, 2019
  • Silk patch monitors health, no sweat

    Fashionable fabric becomes a top-of-the-range electrode.

    By Paul BieglerA team of scientists in China has created a wearable sweat monitor out of silk that measures a suite o...

    November 10, 2019
  • Molecular switch guards against muscle loss

    French researchers taking the fight to sarcopenia.

    Researchers in France have uncovered a molecular switch that may control and one day help reverse sarcopenia, the dra...

    November 6, 2019
  • Off for a ride and a brain scan

    High-tech helmet could be a game changer.

    Research isn’t usually this much fun. A young study participant in the helmet scanner.Rebeccah Slater, co-authorBy Pa...

    November 5, 2019
  • Paracetamol linked to higher autism risk

    Its use by pregnant women could affect their children.

    In one of the more rigorous studies of its kind, researchers have found paracetamol use by pregnant women is linked t...

    October 30, 2019
  • Thought decoding in the abstract

    Our brain has distinct areas for all manner of ideas: research.

    Researchers have deciphered the abstract concepts people are thinking about – for example justice, truth and forgiven...

    October 29, 2019
  • Gut bacteria may help with fear and stress

    Study expands understanding of the ‘gut-brain axis’.

    Scientists have discovered that resident bacteria of the intestine, collectively known as the gut microbiome, can inf...

    October 23, 2019
  • Placebo effect can be a social thing

    Doctors’ beliefs influence patients’ pain, study finds.

    Researchers have found the placebo effect, where a medical treatment with no active ingredient still works, is “conta...

    October 21, 2019
  • Make the gym more appealing

    Mouse study explores the hunger hormone ghrelin.

    Getting a bit hungry by fasting and cutting out snacks could actually make you want to exercise – not veg out on the ...

    October 20, 2019
  • Brain activity linked to longevity

    Long-lived individuals have less excitable neurons.

    A team led by genetics researchers from Harvard Medical School has discovered that a protein named REST helps you liv...

    October 16, 2019
  • Osteoarthritis steroid treatment can backfire

    In some people, injections could progress the disease.

    Research conducted in a leading US radiology department has found that steroid injections to the hip and knee, a comm...

    October 15, 2019
  • Dementia patients do better without drugs

    Meta-analysis finds other interventions more effective.

    An analysis of studies involving more than 23,000 people with dementia has found outdoor activities and massage are m...

    October 14, 2019
  • Immune system lends the brain a hand

    The immune system does more than fight disease.

    Researchers have discovered that the immune system helps out the brain, in the absence of any disease, by making a ch...

    October 13, 2019
  • Koalas help solve a viral puzzle

    Study sheds insight into how DNA tames retroviruses

    A team of Australian and US researchers has discovered a new type of immunity, mounted by the genome, that koalas are...

    October 10, 2019
  • Hip pain? Turn on your inner salamander

    These clever little critters could teach us how to regrow cartilage.

    Repairing the worn-out cartilage in your dicky knee or even growing a whole new leg could one day be as simple as swi...

    October 9, 2019
  • The Internet of Humans

    Researchers suggest new role for sensor technology.

    Unexpected findings from sensors implanted in animals, a practice known as biologging, should cause a seismic shift i...

    October 6, 2019
  • How we learn and forget while sleeping

    Researchers find a clue to the mystery of retaining memories.

    Scientists have made a breakthrough in understanding how sleep controls what we remember and what we forget. It may a...

    October 3, 2019
  • Human female orgasm mystery cracked

    With the help of furry friends “getting down and fluffy”.

    An oversexed rabbit called Frank, aided by a veritable harem of bunnies on antidepressants, may well have cracked the...

    September 30, 2019
  • Tassie devils shed insight on how cancer hides

    Some human cancers use the same hiding trick.

    Scientists have uncovered how the face-eating cancer threatening to wipe out the iconic Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus ...

    September 26, 2019
  • Caesareans linked to microbiome disruption

    Study finds babies more prone to colonisation by bacteria.

    Babies born by caesarean section are missing normal bacteria and their guts are colonised instead by bugs found in op...

    September 18, 2019
  • Working memory linked to road accidents

    Study prompts call for routine memory testing of teenagers.

    A study of young drivers in the US has found those who did worse on tests for short term “working” memory were more l...

    September 15, 2019
  • Foot painters’ toes are ‘mapped like fingers’

    The brain has a dramatic ability to forge new connections.

    A study of two British foot painters, both born without arms because their pregnant mums were given Thalidomide, has ...

    September 10, 2019
  • A new approach to 3D printing human organs

    Adding blood vessels overcomes important limitations.

    Scientists have taken cues from the “lost wax” technique for making renaissance bronzes where 3D printing is used to ...

    September 8, 2019
  • Brainwaves detected in dish grown mini-brains

    Algorithm can’t distinguish them from premature babies.

    Researchers have grown human mini-brains on a lab bench that are so advanced that AI rated their brainwaves on the sa...

    August 29, 2019
  • Enlarged chamber increases heart risk

    New study fuels debate about the value of tests.

    A 15-year study of nearly 5000 people has found an enlarged heart chamber is a better predictor of cardiac death than...

    August 27, 2019
  • Similar brains but with differences

    That may be why mouse studies don’t always tell the right story.

    The most detailed study of its kind has found human brains are remarkably similar to mouse brains. But it also found ...

    August 25, 2019
  • More bad news about vaping

    Just a few puffs can mess with your blood flow.

    A study of young people has found just 16 puffs of a nicotine-free e-cigarette can cause a major drop in blood flow t...

    August 21, 2019
  • Can ‘brain zapping’ tackle tumours?

    Early proof-of-concept study shows encouraging results.

    Researchers have shown that electrical stimulation to the skull can starve brain cancers of vital nutrient-rich blood...

    August 14, 2019
  • No concussion? You still may in trouble

    Even minor hits can cause long-term problems.

    A study of American football players has found that even seemingly minor hits to the head – ones that don't cause con...

    August 11, 2019
  • Access is the biggest food cue of all

    If you’re trying to lose weight, think about that drive to work.

    A study of hundreds of US primary school workers has found those whose daily commute passes through a corridor with m...

    August 7, 2019
  • Jogging is best for those prone to obesity

    Atudy assesses exercise impact with five measures of obesity.

    If you are genetically prone to obesity there is one type of exercise that could be of special help. It’s jogging. An...

    August 1, 2019
  • When is CBT useful for depression?

    Scientists identify important differences in neural activity.

    Researchers have used brain scans to predict which patients with depression will respond to Cognitive Behaviour Thera...

    July 31, 2019
  • How do Sherpas thrive up here?

    Study suggests it’s something to do with their kidneys.

    The ability of sure-footed Sherpas to scale the oxygen-rare slopes of the Himalayas without losing puff has enthralle...

    July 30, 2019
  • Gene regions linked to PTSD

    Study of veterans finds overlap with release of stress hormone.

    A study of more than 165,000 US military veterans has found eight gene regions linked to post traumatic stress disord...

    July 29, 2019
  • Lifestyle can wind back dementia risk

    Having an active mind might help as well.

    Your fate, at least when it comes to dementia, is not inextricably bound to your genes, it seems. According to a new...

    July 16, 2019
  • Genetic insight into anorexia nervosa

    Study tests links to other disorders.

    Genes linked to psychiatric disorders and control of the body’s sugar and fat stores have been tied to anorexia in th...

    July 15, 2019
  • Psychotherapy may help with gaming addiction

    study takes a new approach to dealing with a modern disease.

    A European study has found a type of psychotherapy developed for people with substance abuse is remarkably effective ...

    July 10, 2019
  • The wiring of worms revealed

    Scientists present first diagram of an animal’s nervous system.

    Researchers have, for the first time, mapped the entire nervous system of an animal – the roundworm (Caenorhabditis e...

    July 3, 2019
  • Physical and mental illness boosts ED visits

    Study suggests the reasons are both physical and social.

    A study of more than five million Canadians has found that having both physical and mental illness increases emergenc...

    July 2, 2019
  • Is it worth getting a yearly check-up?

    Evidence suggests they are ineffective in some cases.

    A perspective piece in the journal JAMA has questioned the value of the time-honoured annual check-up at the family d...

    June 27, 2019
  • Organoids: a minefield on a chip?

    Papers outline the issues around of one of medicine’s frontiers.

    In a special edition of the journal Science, leading researchers have catalogued stunning breakthroughs in the develo...

    June 6, 2019
  • The surprising promise of inducing torpor

    Research into chilling people down is a hot topic.

    Inducing torpor and hibernation in humans could improve survival rates for heart attack and violence victims. It migh...

    June 5, 2019
  • American woman forced to carry anencephalic foetus because of anti-abortion laws

    Doctor reveals the pain and futility of US anti-abortion laws.

    A doctor has penned a stirring account of having to refuse termination of pregnancy to a woman carrying a foetus with...

    June 3, 2019
  • Acid, wasabi, chillies: mole-rats don’t care

    They display remarkable insensitivity to pain.

    Meet the highveld mole-rat (Cryptomys hottentotus pretoriae), a species that would win a wasabi-eating contest paws d...

    May 30, 2019
  • Rethink mouse experiment protocols

    Embracing variability in lab mice could improve test outcomes.

    Using mutant mice to find treatments for devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s has failed, but that could change b...

    May 22, 2019
  • CRISPR hope for vax-resistant treatment

    Gene-spliced antibodies show promise in mouse trials.

    Scientists have used the gene-splicing technology CRISPR to make virus-busting antibodies for a range of diseases tha...

    May 19, 2019
  • Warnings sounded on robo-surgery risks

    Claimed benefits not supported by evidence.

    The march of robots into the operating room has hit a speed bump, with authors of an opinion piece in the journal JAM...

    May 8, 2019
  • Obese patients do better in certain treatments

    Obesity linked to ‘paradoxical’ results in immunotherapy.

    Being obese is bad for your health, right? Not necessarily, at least when it comes to a very special kind of cancer t...

    March 21, 2019
  • Ethnicity of crucial medical cell lines misclassified

    For some diseases, ethnicity counts.

    When it comes to health, race can be a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s a dismal fact that being in certain eth...

    March 17, 2019
  • Low birth weight linked to mental health risk

    Study finds “small but significant” correlation.

    A study of more than a million people in Sweden has found lower birth weight is linked to a small but significant inc...

    February 6, 2019
  • Mind and Muscles – How to age well

    Iit’s never too late, and it can change the dynamics of getting older.

    I’ve driven through the coal-rich soils of Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, past the apocalyptic towers of Yallourn power s...

    January 7, 2019
  • Critical find to understand sex disorder

    Unusual ovary and testes formation triggered by regulator.

    Australian researchers have discovered a genetic regulator that plays a key role in determining a baby’s sex and, cru...

    December 17, 2018
  • Time to take race out of medical studies

    Study into race in medicine finds little has changed in 200 years.

    Nothing symbolises a fall from grace like having your statue toppled. Such was the case for Dr J. Marion Sims in Apri...

    September 24, 2018
  • Getting a handle on alternative medicine

    How to understand treatments without scientific backing.

    Novak Djokovic likes Melbourne, and not just for the tennis. At a clinic just minutes from where he has won the Austr...

    September 18, 2018
  • The battle against polio still has a way to go

    Vaccine-borne variants of the disease still pose threats.

    While substantial progress has been made in eradicating polio, efforts must now focus on preventing the devastating d...

    September 12, 2018
  • Even scientists jump to conclusions – and that’s a problem

    The latest in a raft of experiments suggests a predicted “train wreck” in social sciences is unde...

    “Fully rational man is a mythical hero,” wrote the late German economist Reinhard Selten, not long after he snared th...

    September 5, 2018
  • Modelling aims to predict virus outbreaks

    Japanese data help refine disease behaviour.

    China has a big problem with Hand Foot and Mouth disease (HFMD). According to the World Health Organisation, there we...

    August 23, 2018
  • For unwanted cells, death comes in waves

    Study finds a very neat intersection of physics and biology. Paul Biegler reports.

    A trigger wave bringing death to frog cells.Cheng et al It may come as a shock to learn that 50 billion of your body’...

    August 9, 2018
  • Boy loses huge brain section, his IQ goes up

    Drastic surgery reveals the brain is remarkably adaptable.

    We used to think that brain circuits, controlling everything from walking and talking to seeing, hearing and feeling ...

    August 1, 2018
  • Complementary medicine no cancer cure

    Turning away from conventional medicine can have a cost.

    Good press on the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for cancer does not abound. Steve Jobs famously...

    July 24, 2018
  • “No evidence” cannabis improves outcomes

    Study throws into doubt claims for medical marijuana.

    Depending on who you listen to, medical cannabis is either a rising star in the world of therapeutics or an over-vaun...

    July 2, 2018
  • Risk of death flattens out after 105, research finds

    There is no insurmountable biological limit to human longevity.

    In April, the death of Nabi Tajima in a town called Kikai, on an island at the southern tip of Japan, rippled out acr...

    June 28, 2018
  • Intelligence protects against mental illness

    Studies rebalance the nature/nurture equation.

    The nature-versus-nurture debate doesn’t get much more febrile than in the domains of intelligence and mental illness...

    June 25, 2018
  • In two minds over decoding brainwaves

    Keeping your thoughts to yourself is getting harder.

    Mind-reading machines are now real, prising open yet another Pandora’s box for ethicists. As usual, there are promise...

    June 24, 2018
  • Call to factor gender into Alzheimer’s research

    Women and men are affected differently by Alzheimer’s, but it’s often overlooked.

    In 2005, the New York Times ran a story that caused an extra frisson of fear in roughly 48% of its readers. It report...

    June 12, 2018
  • Statins link to breast cancer protection

    Study finds better outcomes for women on best-selling drug.

    If you have been diagnosed with, or are at higher risk of getting, breast cancer, you might want to be on a cholester...

    June 5, 2018
  • Should DNA be used by police without consent?

    Method raises uncomfortable & urgent questions.

    In 1976, a killer was stalking the streets of Sacramento County, California. Over the next decade he would terrorise ...

    May 31, 2018
  • In the embryonic human, an organiser starts its work

    Long-sought mechanism for cell development has at last been found.

    We have had personal organisers for years, from the Filofax and PalmPilot to the calendar on the modern smartphone. T...

    May 24, 2018
  • Has alternative medicine been unfairly criticised?

    Journal argues therapies have been berated by medicine.

    Much like politics, raising the subject of complementary medicine at a dinner party can pose a serious threat to cong...

    May 17, 2018
  • Biodegradable sensors promises better rehab

    Implants may make decisions about post-op exercise simpler.

    The “quantified self” – the new world of electronic wearables that get your measure on anything from heart rate to br...

    May 14, 2018
  • Bronze Age Hep B rate likely higher than 8%

    Ancient Europeans carried hepatitis, and the plague.

    Delving into our ancient past evokes imagery of pottery shards, crumbling foundations and maybe the frisson-inducing ...

    May 10, 2018
  • Bacteria eat antibiotics, and warn each other of threats

    Microbes with a penchant for penicillin pose a challenge for researchers.

    In the world of bacteria, joining the resistance movement, far from being subversive, is rapidly becoming the norm. ...

    May 1, 2018
  • Blue sky research pays big dividends

    Research finds many medicines began with basic discoveries.

    The tussle between basic scientific research, curiosity-driven with only serendipitous practical outcomes, and the ap...

    April 25, 2018
  • Scientist who searches for one-in-three-billion mistakes

    Kathryn North wants to make genomic medicine a household phrase.

    Fancy looking for a single spelling mistake in 1,000 hand-typed copies of War and Peace? If so, you are likely to ge...

    April 12, 2018
  • Antibiotics do work on viruses

    Research shows anti-bacterial drugs can also kill viruses.

    Everybody knows antibiotics don’t work on viruses, right? Not, it turns out, if you’re a female mouse with a nasty ca...

    April 9, 2018
  • I quit medicine and I’m still stressed

    Paul spent years as a trauma doctor, then he was punched.

    The patient said he fell off a roof, but the nurses were onto it. They’d seen him before, when he’d rocked up to our ...

    March 21, 2018
  • Bad air worse than bad genes for many diseases

    Major study finds pollution, especially from burning coal, has more influence on disease risk tha...

    The choking blanket of smog that layered Beijing in 2013 was so bad they had to invent a new word for it: “airpocalyp...

    March 6, 2018
  • Protein problem points to Parkinson’s treatment

    Research unveils what goes wrong in sufferers brain cells.

    Parkinson’s disease has notched up some high profile scalps over the years, including actor Michael J Fox, former cro...

    February 27, 2018
  • Getting a grip on the yuck factor

    Experiments combining human and pig cells provoke strong responses from some people.

    For the millions of diminutive fans of Peppa Pig there is almost nothing cuter than a talking piglet. Outside cartoon...

    February 25, 2018
  • Beaker folk account for most of British genome

    Migration in 2500 BCE changed the ancient Britons dramatically.

    A hard Brexit might sever long-standing British ties with Europe, but new research published in the journal Nature sh...

    February 21, 2018
  • Antibiotic hunters hit pay dirt

    The solution to antibiotic resistance could come from soil.

    It might come as a surprise to learn that dirt, that canonical cause of infection, is also a megafactory for antibiot...

    February 12, 2018
  • Possible phone-cancer link no cause for alarm

    Cancers rise in rats and mice, but at exposure levels above normal.

    Two comprehensive studies into putative links between mobile phone radiation and cancer, conducted by United States N...

    February 8, 2018
  • Cancer: the sugar link

    The relationship between cancer and glucose in search of possible treatments.

    Cancer cells are addicts and, thanks to new research, we are now a step closer to preventing them getting their next ...

    January 31, 2018
  • Soy, cabbage reduce symptoms after breast cancer treatment

    Researchers wary of recommending diet changes until more study done.

    Eating soy-based foods and vegetables such as cauliflower, cabbage and bok choy could help the symptoms of menopause ...

    December 13, 2017
  • The microscopic majesty of pollen

    It looks stunning, but it can actually be bad.

    It literally gets up the nose of millions of hay fever sufferers, making pollen a distinctly unpopular member of the ...

    December 10, 2017
  • Mass shootings trigger accidental deaths

    Gun deaths may increase in the wake of a mass shooting.

    The surge in firearm sales that can follow a mass shooting may result in more deaths than the shooting itself, accord...

    December 7, 2017
  • Mum’s antibiotics affect child’s IBD risk

    Antibiotic-damaged maternal microbiomes lead to big jumps in juvenile gut disease.

    Gut bacteria would appear to be on a roll. They account for about 95% of the microbiome, that cocktail of microbes w...

    November 29, 2017
  • Bigger tau bundles reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms

    Study on Alzheimer’s Disease produces some counterintuitive findings.

    In 1906 Dr Alois Alzheimer did a post-mortem examination on the brain of Auguste Deter, a woman in her fifties whose ...

    November 21, 2017
  • Deadly microbes: Intergenerational contagion

    There are diseases trapped in ice.

    As global temperatures head north, Arctic permafrost is thawing to unprecedented depths, reanimating a small army of ...

    November 16, 2017
  • Neurotech may destroy your privacy and rights

    Calls for protection against brain-computer interfaces.

    At the 2016 Code Conference, held last June in Rancho Palos Verdes in California, US, Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon M...

    November 8, 2017
  • Mid-life inflammation linked to late-life Alzheimer’s

    Possible tie between immune system responses and neurodegeneration.

    While shrunken heads are the province of faraway tribes and distant times, shrunken brains happen to be an unfortunat...

    November 2, 2017
  • New targets in hunt for malaria vax

    Multiple studies identify potential new ways to beat disease that affects millions.

    Mosquitoes are firmly in the crosshairs of scientists this week, with a tranche of articles announcing major advances...

    October 29, 2017
  • New hope for leukaemia treatment

    Studying bone marrow as an “ecosystem” yields a new potential treatment.

    Research published in the journal Nature Cell Biology this week could pave the way for a novel drug treatment against...

    October 17, 2017
  • Sewage clue to silent polio scourge

    Despite mass vaccination, polio is making a comeback.

    When it comes to infectious diseases, sewage pipes could be the canary in the coalmine. Credit: Paulo Keller/Getty Im...

    March 29, 2017
  • HIV drives evolution of tuberculosis bacterium

    Potentially serious implications for vaccine design.

    Tuberculoisis bacteria: co-infection with HIV seems to be driving evolution. Credit: Getty Images It is well known t...

    March 22, 2017
  • Is global warming driving diabetes?

    Study met by skepticism among other researchers in the field.

    Diabetes affects 415 million people worldwide. Will climate change push that number even higher? Credit: Jonathan Kno...

    March 21, 2017
  • One billion affected by ‘neglected’ diseases

    Insight on the people who suffer from awful diseases, “neglected”.

    Three quarter of a billion people suffer anaemia because of hookworm. Credit: Getty Images Researchers have made a s...

    March 16, 2017
  • Big data reveals more suspect autism genes

    The number of genes implicated in the causes of autism to 61.

    Researchers have isolated 18 new genes believed to increase risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a finding that m...

    March 9, 2017
  • Benefits of HIV vaccine limited by resistance

    As trial gets underway, study suggests benefits limited.

    Scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding (in green) from cultured lymphocyte. Credit: C. Goldsmith Content Provi...

    March 1, 2017
  • How to trick your brain into eating healthy

    We can bring rationality to bear on our food choices.

    All this might look like the bitter end for free will and food, but there could be a phoenix to rise from the ashes. ...

    June 22, 2016
  • Free will, food and obesity

    Do we really have a choice?

    Studies show watching junk food ads on television 'primes' children to eat more. Credit: Philippe TURPIN / Getty Imag...

    June 15, 2016
  • Who’s really in charge of your weight?

    The role of genes and hormones is far from simple.

    Southwest Airlines in the US is one of the airlines that demands some obese passengers purchase an additional seat. C...

    June 8, 2016

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