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Old records shed new light on smallpox outbreaks in 1700s

A highly contagious disease originating far from America’s shores triggers deadly outbreaks that spread rapidly, infecting the masses. Shots are available, but a divided public agonizes over getting jabbed. Sound familiar? Newly digitized records—including a minister’s diary scanned and posted online by Boston’s Congregational Library and Archives—are shedding fresh light on devastating outbreaks of smallpox […]

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Chimpanzee research may shed new light on human aging

The world’s population is aging rapidly, presenting an urgency to address the health problems of the aged. Critical insights on these problems can be gained by examining how the aging process has been shaped over evolutionary time, and how it is influenced by different environments and lifestyles. In a special edition of Philosophical Transactions of […]

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Study sheds light on cancer treatment, COVID-19

University of Cincinnati researchers have found that certain treatments for cancer may increase the chance of death if they contract COVID-19. These findings from a multicenter study, presented at the European Society for Medical Oncology Virtual Congress 2020, shed light on ways standard anti-cancer treatments may impact outcomes for patients with both cancer and the […]

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Study sheds new light on how epigenetic events might spur disease

Scientists are increasingly tracing a variety of diseases back to the so-called epigenome, a type of indexing system imposed on DNA that dictates how genes should be read by the cells. Now, a new study finds that changes in two epigenetics mechanisms—DNA and histone methylation—may interact to spur disease. The scientists looked at two developmental […]