HOUSTON – Peter Hotez has 2 words for his fellow scientists: Speak up. A venerable vaccine researcher and dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Hotez says he and other scientists of his generation were taught to do science and…

A new Nature Genetics study has revealed nearly a million genes in parasitic worms never before identified.  

HOUSTON – Eric Boerwinkle isn’t your typical public health school dean. He manages six campuses as dean and M. David Low Chair in Public Health at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health. The main campus in Houston is a…

Systemic challenges to conducting research continue to continue to hold back science in low- and middle-income countries, write Senjuti Saha, PhD, and colleagues in a recent commentary for eLife. They warn that without immediate and sustained interventions, the gap in…

New evidence suggests Neanderthals might have had a better handle on healthcare than previously thought.

The Colombian town of Ricaurte contains world's largest known cluster of people with fragile X syndrome, the leading cause of inherited intellectual disability in the world. Caused by mutations to the FMR1 gene, the genetic condition also brings on physical abnormalities,…

Reams of research show that diverse groups delving into topics they care about perform better. Yet, underrepresented and often the subject of suspicion, many minority students feel out of place in the biomedical field—and leave. Hispanics, African-Americans and Native…

US doctors order more than 4 billion tests annually, and rely on the results to make life-or-death decisions. But many don’t grasp the tests’ fallibility, or the concepts of risk and probability—particularly with regard to false positives, writes Daniel Morgan of the…

When researchers resurrected the extinct horsepox virus, critics charged they gave away the plans on reconstructing a cousin of smallpox, which killed hundreds of millions.

Scientists are looking to build backup storage for beneficial bugs that lurk in the intestines of people in remote communities, before they disappear.