Biotech firm wants to create human embryos from stem cells and raise them in a ‘mechanical womb’

The Israel-based firm, Renewal Bio, has a mission to 'make humanity younger and healthier' with the use of stem cell technology that could potentially be used to treat infertility, genetic disorders or extend life in other ways.  ABOVE: A human fetus with internal organs

A biotech firm wants to create human embryos from stem cells for the purpose of harvesting tissues to use in transplants after demonstrating success with mouse embryos that were kept alive in a mechanical womb for days until they developed beating hearts and flowing blood. The Israel-based firm, Renewal Bio, has a mission to ‘make … Read more

Stress can make people focus more on their spouse’s bad habits, study finds

Tensions: Stress can make people focus more on their lover's bad habits, a new study has warned (stock image)

Stress can make people focus more on their spouse’s bad habits – even married couples who are still in the ‘honeymoon period’ of their relationship, study finds Researchers warn stress can make people focus more on their lover’s bad habits Past studies showed stressful life circumstances can affect how couples interact Experts now think stress … Read more

Brain cells that give humans higher cognitive abilities are linked to neurological disorders

Scientists have been on a long quest to find what in the brain gives humans higher cognitive abilities over other animals.  A team from Yale says they found clues in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex - a brain immune cell

Brain cells that give humans higher cognitive abilities over other animals are also linked to neurological disorders like schizophrenia, autism and epilepsy, a new study finds Scientists have been on a quest to find what in the brain gives humans higher cognitive abilities over other animals A team from Yale analyzed brain cells of humans … Read more

World’s most popular weed killer Roundup causes dramatic convulsions in worms, study warns

New research has linked low levels of glyphosate - the weed killing component of Roundup herbicide - to convulsions in soil-dwelling roundworms for the first time

The health effects of the world’s most popular Roundup herbicide on humans and animals have long been debated. Now, new research has linked low levels of glyphosate – the weed killing component – to convulsions in soil-dwelling roundworms for the first time. Scientists from Florida Atlantic University exposed Caenorhabditis elegans to the US and UK … Read more

‘Holy grail’ trialled by NHS could save thousands of lives by detecting cancer before symptoms show

'Holy grail' trialled by NHS could save thousands of lives by detecting cancer before symptoms show

A blood test for the over-50s being tried by the NHS could prevent as many as one in ten cancer deaths in the UK. The Health Service is conducting a world-first trial of the test, which aims to detect more than 50 types of cancer before symptoms show. Although there are no results yet, researchers … Read more

Testosterone can make males cuddly and sociable, study shows

Testosterone influences the activity of oxytocin - the so-called 'cuddle' or 'bonding' hormone that's associated with social bonding (file photo)

Testosterone is commonly thought of as increasing sexual urges and aggression in men – but a new study shows it has a cuddly side too. In experiments, researchers injected testosterone into male gerbils to see how they’d behave with their partners. The injections fostered cuddling and ‘friendly behavior’ and primed them for ‘positive social interactions’, … Read more

Cold sores date back 5,000 years to when Bronze Age men and women began SNOGGING, study claims

It's an issue that plagues an estimated 3.7 billion people globally, and now scientists have unraveled the history – or should we say 'kiss-tory' – of cold sores

It’s an issue that plagues an estimated 3.7 billion people globally, and now scientists have uncovered the history – or should we say ‘kiss-tory’ – of cold sores. Researchers from the University of Cambridge have sequenced ancient genomes from herpes – the virus that commonly causes lip sores. Their findings suggest that the strain of … Read more

Owning a cat while pregnant increases the risk of DEPRESSION, study claims

The results of a study from the University of Toyama found that cat ownership was associated with increased risk of depressive symptoms at 6 months postpartum (stock image)

The ‘cats versus dogs’ debate is about as old as the pets themselves – but science may have settled the score for expectant mums who are also choosing a fur baby. A new study has found that owning a cat while pregnant increases the risk of the mother experiencing postpartum depression. However, dogs were found … Read more

‘Game-changer’ blood test is even better at finding early breast cancers than a mammogram

'Game-changer' blood test is even better at finding early breast cancers than a mammogram

A simple blood test that promises to be better at spotting early-stage breast cancer than a mammogram has been hailed as a ‘game-changer’ for women’s health. The Trucheck test, which highlights cancer cells circulating in the blood, correctly identifies 92 per cent of breast cancers – around five percentage points higher than mammography. But scientists … Read more