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German scientists make paralyzed mice walk again

(Reuters) - German researchers have enabled mice paralyzed after spinal cord injuries to walk again, re-establishing a neural link hitherto considered irreparable in mammals by using a designer protein injected into the brain. Read More

 

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Children of Incan nobles found entombed in Peru after 500 years

LIMA (Reuters) - Tombs containing the remains of two children thought to have belonged to the Incan societal elite have been discovered by a group of experts in northern Peru in the boundaries of a 500-year-old archaeological site, the leader of the team that carried out the excavations said on Thursday. More »

 

South African virus variant may resist antibody drugs; Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine seems to work vs UK variant

(Reuters) - The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. More »

 

China's retrieved lunar samples weigh less than targeted

BEIJING (Reuters) - Lunar rocks retrieved by a historic Chinese mission to the moon weighed less than initially targeted, but China is still willing to study the samples with foreign scientists, the mission's spokesman said on Monday. More »

 

Chinese scientists develop gene therapy which could delay ageing

BEIJING (Reuters) - Scientists in Beijing have developed a new gene therapy which can reverse some of the effects of ageing in mice and extend their lifespans, findings which may one day contribute to similar treatment for humans. More »

 

Branson's Virgin Orbit reaches space with key mid-air rocket launch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Billionaire Richard Branson’s Virgin Orbit reached space for the first time on Sunday with a successful test of its air-launched rocket, delivering ten NASA satellites to orbit and achieving a key milestone after aborting the rocket’s first test launch last year. More »

 

NASA's Boeing moon rocket cuts short 'once-in-a-generation' ground test

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - NASA's deep space exploration rocket built by Boeing briefly ignited all four engines of its behemoth core stage for the first time on Saturday, cutting short a crucial test to advance a years-delayed U.S. government program to return humans to the moon in the next few years. More »

 

Biden names geneticist Lander for new Cabinet-level post, elevating role of science

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President-elect Joe Biden named pioneering geneticist Eric Lander as the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy on Friday, elevating the post to Cabinet-level status for first time. More »

 

Progress reported on one-dose J&J vaccine; COVID-19 reinfections seen as rare

(Reuters) - The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. More »

 

South African scientists discover new chemicals that kill malaria parasite

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African scientists have discovered chemical compounds that could potentially be used for a new line of drugs to treat malaria and even kill the parasite in its infectious stage, which most available drugs do not. More »

 

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