LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) – People infected with a deadly
virus that emerged in Saudi Arabia last year may have caught it
from one-humped camels, used in the region for meat, milk,
transport and racing.
In a study into what kind of animal “reservoir” may be
fuelling the outbreak in humans, scientists said they had found
strong evidence it is widespread among dromedary camels in the
LONDON (Reuters) – Scientists are to create mutant forms of the H7N9 bird flu virus that has emerged in China so they can gauge the risk of it becoming a lethal human pandemic.
The genetic modification work will to result in highly transmissible and deadly forms of H7N9 being made in several high security laboratories around the world, but it is vital to prepare for the threat, the scientists say.
LONDON (Reuters) – The first scientific analysis of probable human-to-human transmission of a deadly new strain of bird flu that emerged in China this year gives the strongest evidence yet that the H7N9 virus can pass between people, scientists said on Wednesday.
Research published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) analyzing a family cluster of cases of H7N9 infection in eastern China found it was very likely the virus “transmitted directly from the index patient (a 60-year-old man) to his daughter.”
LONDON, Aug 6 (Reuters) – Scientists studying girls with the
eating disorder anorexia have found they show a mild echo of the
characteristics of autism – a finding which could point to new
ways of helping anorexics overcome their illness.
A study by the leading autism expert Simon Baron-Cohen at
Cambridge University’s Autism Research Centre found that
compared to typical girls, those with anorexia have an
above-average number of autistic traits.
LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s first laboratory-grown beef burger was flipped out of a petri dish and into a frying pan on Monday, with food tasters declaring it tasted “close to meat”.
Grown in-vitro from cattle stem cells at a cost of 250,000 euros ($332,000), the burger was cooked and eaten in front of television cameras to gain the greatest media coverage for the culmination of a five-year science experiment.
LONDON, Aug 2 (Reuters) – A corner of west London will see
culinary and scientific history made on Monday when scientists
cook and serve up the world’s first lab-grown beef burger.
The in-vitro burger, cultured from cattle stem cells, the
first example of what its creator says could provide an answer
to global food shortages and help combat climate change, will be
fried in a pan and tasted by two volunteers.
LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) – Despite its high current death
rate, the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) that emerged
in Saudi Arabia last year is unlikely to cause a SARS-like
epidemic because it is not spreading as easily, scientists said
In the fullest clinical analysis yet of the new virus,
British and Saudi researchers said that while there are many
similarities between MERS and severe acute respiratory syndrome
(SARS) – which emerged in China in 2002 and killed around 800
people worldwide – there are also important differences.
NEW DELHI/LONDON, July 22 (Reuters) – The pesticide that
killed 23 Indian schoolchildren last week is a nerve poison
banned by many countries because of what the World Health
Organisation (WHO) describes as its “high acute toxicity”.
As early as 2009, the United Nations health agency urged
India to consider a ban on the pesticide monocrotophos – the
substance said by a magistrate investigating the deaths to be
the cause of the poisoning.
LONDON (Reuters) – Health systems could be “overwhelmed” by the costs of coping with mental illnesses such as dementia, depression and addiction if nothing is done now to boost investment in research, leading neuroscientists said on Thursday.
Publishing a study that put the estimated costs of brain disorders in Britain alone at more than 112 billion pounds ($172 billion) a year, they said mental illness research needed to attract the same funding levels as illnesses such as cancer and heart diseases to be able to reduce the burden.
NEW DELHI/LONDON (Reuters) – The pesticide that killed 23 Indian schoolchildren last week is a nerve poison banned by many countries because of what the World Health Organization (WHO) describes as its “high acute toxicity”.
As early as 2009, the United Nations health agency urged India to consider a ban on the pesticide monocrotophos – the substance said by a magistrate investigating the deaths to be the cause of the poisoning.