For patients, often children, with rare diseases, getting a diagnosis is difficult and time-consuming.
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Record-breaking technology can sequence an entire human genome in a matter of hours. The work could be a lifeline for people suffering from the more than 5,000 known rare genetic diseases.
Wishing won’t be enough to make the pandemic history.
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None of our authors can see the future, but many do have expertise that offers insights about what’s reasonable to expect.
Why is it harder to build muscle as you age?
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As people age, the chemical signaling pathways in muscles become less potent, and it gets harder to build muscle and maintain strength. But the health benefits of strength training only increase with age.
The compact olfactory system provides a more accessible way to study the brain as a whole.
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Understanding how the brain translates smells into behavior change can help advance search and rescue technology and treatments for neurological conditions.
The body starts plugging up wounds as quickly as it can to prevent blood loss and infection.
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Blood plays a vital role in keeping us alive, from delivering oxygen to the body’s organs to fighting off infections.
2022 is set to be humanity’s busiest year in space.
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With about 200 orbital launches scheduled and ambitious missions on everything from lunar bases to the search for life in the works, there’s a lot to watch in 2022. An astronomer explains the highlights.
When not hibernating, ground squirrels need to feast to store energy.
Months not eating or moving don’t result in muscle wasting and loss of function for animals that hibernate. New research found gut microbes help their hosts hold onto and use nitrogen to build proteins.
The Department of Justice indicted six officers of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service in October 2020 on charges of hacking and deploying malware.
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Russia probably has the means to attack US electrical grids and otherwise create havoc but probably won’t go that far. Instead, watch for disinformation aimed at undermining the US and NATO.
Strict rules guide the official count for how much solid precipitation fell.
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It’s hard to get accurate measurements, but a nationwide network of more than 8,000 volunteers with rulers and specific standards reports after every storm.
The FAA raised concerns that new, full-speed 5G cellphone services near airports could interfere with aircraft operations.
Airplanes use radio waves to determine how far off the ground they are. New 5G cellphone services come close to the same frequencies the airplanes use. Here’s how that can be a problem.
While security forces in Kazakhstan cracked down on street protests, the country’s internet service went dark.
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By shutting off internet access completely, the government of Kazakhstan was able to silence dissent, hinder protesters’ coordination and keep the populace in the dark.
How seriously people take particular scientific disciplines partly depends on how many women enter them.
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The proportion of women in a discipline influences how rigorous and trustworthy people rate the field overall, as well as whether they categorize a STEM field as a ‘hard’ or ‘soft’ science.
Specialized anatomy means flightless penguins are master swimmers.
How did penguins end up with so few bones – and become lightning-fast swimmers?
Nucleic acid vaccines use mRNA to give cells instructions on how to produce a desired protein.
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DNA and mRNA vaccines produce a different kind of immune response than traditional vaccines, allowing researchers to tackle some previously unsolvable problems in medicine.