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Doctors Alarmed by Post-antibiotic Future

Unless new antibiotics are developed quickly, people will once again die from common infections. The World Health Organization has issued an urgent call for scientists to develop these new drugs, and for governments to fund the research. Dr. Trish Perl, chief of infectious diseases at University of Texas Southwestern Medical …

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Doctors Alarmed by a Post-Antibiotic Future

Unless new antibiotics are developed quickly, people will once again die from common infections. The World Health Organization on Feb. 27 issued an urgent call for scientists to develop these new drugs, and for governments to fund the research. VOA’s Carol Pearson reports.

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Report: Sharp Cuts Sought for Weather, Climate Agency

The Trump administration is seeking a 17 percent cut to the budget of the government’s meteorological agency that monitors the climate and issues daily weather forecasts, the Washington Post reported Friday. Citing a four-page budget memo, the Post said the proposed reductions in the budget of the National Oceanic and …

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For Love of Science, Students Converge in Zimbabwe

Science students from across Africa met in Zimbabwe’s capital of Harare to share their ideas and inventions at the inaugural Africa Science Buskers Festival. The event, which organizers say targets more than 20,000 students in Zimbabwe alone, aims to inspire and develop a love of science among primary and secondary …

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Genetic ‘Mutational Meltdown’ Doomed Woolly Mammoths

A genetic “mutational meltdown” helped push the woolly mammoth toward extinction, according to a new study. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, say they compared genetic material from mammoths when they were plentiful and material from when the population was in decline. What they found was “genome deterioration” that …

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CDC: Rate of Birth Defects Skyrockets in Zika Babies

Rates of microcephaly and certain other birth defects were 20 times higher in pregnancies affected by Zika compared with pregnancies in years before the virus arrived in the Americas, U.S. researchers said Thursday. The increase emphasizes the ongoing risk of Zika during pregnancy, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease …

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Promising Cancer Treatment Linked to Cell Fat Intake

Scientists have long suspected a strong link between fat and cancer. But a recent study in the journal Science has found a direct link between a fat and cancer’s ability to spread. The finding could lead to a new way to treat cancer. Faith Lapidus narrates this report by Kevin …

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Drones Being Developed for Emergency Medical Deliveries

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, better known as drones, are increasingly being used in emergency situations. But safety concerns in a congested airspace prompted the Federal Aviation Administration, or FAA, to limit their use. Researchers from the University of Maryland hope the regulations will be eased for drones making emergency medical deliveries. …

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