Kate Kelland

Scientists to swap dusty old kilogram for something more stable

13 Nov 2018

LONDON, After years of nursing a sometimes dusty cylinder of metal in a vault outside Paris as the global reference for modern mass, scientists are updating the definition of the kilogram. | Video

Scientists angry at UK visa denials for African, Asian researchers

08 Nov 2018

LONDON, Nov 8 Scientists in Britain expressed concern on Thursday after at least 17 delegates from Africa and Asia wanting to attend a health conference in London were denied visas.

Just $2 per person a year could halt deadly superbugs, OECD says

07 Nov 2018

LONDON, Nov 7 Halting the rise of deadly drug-resistant "superbug" infections that kill millions around the world could cost just $2 per person a year, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said on Wednesday.

Melinda Gates urges backing for 'human capital' of mother and child health

06 Nov 2018

LONDON Millions of women and babies could avoid untimely deaths if international donors step up to replenish a global health fund so it can expand to 50 countries, the philanthropist Melinda Gates said on Tuesday.

Gene study reveals secrets of parasitic worms, possible treatments

05 Nov 2018

LONDON The largest study to date of the genetic makeup of parasitic worms has found hundreds of new clues about how they invade the human body, evade its immune system and cause disease.

Scientists launch plan to map genes of all complex life on earth

01 Nov 2018

LONDON, Scientists launched a vast project on Thursday to map the genetic code of all 1.5 million known species of complex life on earth, aiming to complete the work within a decade.

Vaccine confidence low in Europe, raising disease outbreak risk

23 Oct 2018

LONDON Low levels of public confidence in vaccines in the European Union are pushing immunization rates down and the number of disease outbreaks up, according to an expert report on Tuesday.

Exclusive: Science journal to withdraw chronic fatigue review amid patient activist complaints

17 Oct 2018

LONDON, Oct 17 A respected science journal is to withdraw a much-cited review of evidence on an illness known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) amid fierce criticism and pressure from activists and patients.

Malaria mosquitoes wiped out in lab trials of gene drive technique

12 Oct 2018

LONDON Scientists have succeeded in wiping out a population of caged mosquitoes in laboratory experiments using a type of genetic engineering known as a gene drive, which spread a modification blocking female reproduction. | Video

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