After 50 years of publishing, the CDC has made its first retraction, replacing a 2016 study tracking suicide risk by occupation, Retraction Watch reports.  

To engage people on issues like climate change, vaccines or GMOs, scientists might look to Swift, Voltaire or Jon Stewart. That’s what Guillaume Chapron and 3 co-authors did in their climate change warning to Earth, telling the planet to change its ways. Their approach,…

“Bouncing, pulsating blobs” created in her lab were a promising step in Petra Schwille’s efforts to build synthetic cells from scratch. The biophysicist and her colleagues are confident that within a decade, the first fully synthetic cells could spring to life.

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…