Malcolm Ritter
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Scientists take first steps to growing human organs in pigs
by Malcolm Ritter - January 27, 2017 - 7:38am
Scientists have grown human cells inside pig embryos, a very early step toward the goal of growing livers and other human organs in animals to transplant into people.
Zika vaccines work in monkeys, boosting hopes for people
by Malcolm Ritter - August 5, 2016 - 2:23am
Three experimental Zika vaccines protected monkeys against infection from the virus, an encouraging sign as research moves into studies in people.
Sweet! Electrical trick may lead to less fat in chocolate
by Malcolm Ritter - June 21, 2016 - 4:31pm
Cutting the fat in chocolate has been a much-studied challenge in the industry. The new approach was described Monday by researchers at Temple University in Philadelphia.
Laboratory advance provides view of early embryo development
by Malcolm Ritter - May 5, 2016 - 1:32am
New lab techniques have provided the first good look at a crucial but mysterious stage in the development of human embryos, scientists reported Wednesday.
Study: Dinosaurs were declining long before asteroid hit
by Malcolm Ritter - April 18, 2016 - 3:02pm
Dinosaurs were in decline long before an asteroid strike polished them off about 66 million years ago, a study says.
Lab study supports linking Zika virus to brain birth defect
by Malcolm Ritter - March 4, 2016 - 10:13am
A lab study has found that Zika can infect embryonic cells that help form the brain, adding to evidence that the virus causes a serious birth defect.
Mouse sperm made in lab; technique may help with infertility
by Malcolm Ritter - February 25, 2016 - 10:40am
Scientists have produced rudimentary mouse sperm from stem cells in the laboratory, a step that may lead to a treatment for infertile men.
Study: Neanderthal DNA may influence modern depression risk
by Malcolm Ritter - February 11, 2016 - 4:12pm
A new study says a person's risk of becoming depressed or hooked on smoking may be influenced by DNA inherited from Neanderthals.
Scientists abandon highly publicized claim about cosmic find
by Malcolm Ritter - January 31, 2015 - 6:00am
Scientists who made headlines last March by announcing that they'd found long-sought evidence about the early universe are now abandoning that claim.
Self-taught computer program finds super poker strategy
by Malcolm Ritter - January 9, 2015 - 7:16am
A computer program that taught itself to play poker has created nearly the best possible strategy for one version of the game, showing the value of techniques that may prove useful to help decision-making in medicine...
See-through mice reveal details of inner anatomy
by Malcolm Ritter - August 1, 2014 - 7:03am
Researchers have found a way to make see-through mice, but you won't find these critters scampering in your kitchen.
Ancient skeleton shedding light on first Americans
by Malcolm Ritter - May 17, 2014 - 2:07am
Thousands of years ago, a teenage girl toppled into a deep hole in a Mexican cave and died. Now, her skeleton and her DNA are bolstering the long-held theory that humans arrived in the Americas by way of a land bridge...
Nuclear fusion project takes key step in lab test
by Malcolm Ritter - February 15, 2014 - 8:00am
Scientists say they've taken a key step toward harnessing nuclear fusion as a new way to generate power, an idea that has been pursued for decades.
Drinking linked to faster mental decline in men
by Malcolm Ritter - January 17, 2014 - 3:32am
Middle-aged men risk a faster mental decline as they age if they've been drinking heavily for years, new research suggests.
Drug blocks HIV in lab study, human tests planned
by Malcolm Ritter - December 21, 2013 - 2:00am
Can an experimental drug developed to treat epilepsy block the AIDS virus? A preliminary lab study suggests it's possible, and researchers are eager to try it in people.
Sponges squeezed off oldest branch of animal tree
by Malcolm Ritter - December 14, 2013 - 12:30am
Sponges are getting squeezed out of a distinctive role in evolution. A new study says they don't represent the oldest branch of the animal family tree after all.
Study: Brainpower in the very old may be improving
by Malcolm Ritter - July 12, 2013 - 4:06am
If you're lucky enough to live into your 90s, how well will your brain hold up? You may have an edge over people who got there ahead of you, a new study hints.
Digital 3-D atlas of brain reveals tiny details
by Malcolm Ritter - June 22, 2013 - 5:13am
Scientists have a new brain atlas to help them study their favorite organ.
Cockroaches quickly lose sweet tooth to survive
by Malcolm Ritter - May 24, 2013 - 6:00am
For decades, people have been getting rid of cockroaches by setting out bait mixed with poison. But in the late 1980s, in an apartment test kitchen in Florida, something went very wrong.
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