Machines that can find volatile organic compounds in human breath—gas-chromatography mass-spectrometers—have been around for awhile. But analyzing them is arduous and error-prone; reams of data on complex compounds must be analyzed by hand. To expedite the process,…

Over 60 bat-borne viruses, including Ebola, are known to infect humans, and researchers at China's Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) are looking to uncover why bats can transmit these viruses without getting sick themselves.

Direct-to-consumer genetic testing kits like 23andMe inform buyers of their predisposition to a host of illnesses but they don’t cover assessments, next steps or even psychological support following troubling or confusing results—services traditionally provided by genetic…

Disorganized data is holding back research into genetic data that can help predict which drugs will work on tumors.

Testing a vaccine rollout during an emergency presents special challenges, but that is the task underway for the WHO, MSF, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s ministry of health, detailed in an intriguing perspective by Charlotte J. Haug.

In its deadly resurgence, black lung disease is more common among Appalachia’s coal miners than previously reported by government research, which relied on voluntary testing of working miners.  A new set of studies uncovered a “relentless and increasing progression of…

GENEVA – Rwandan Sen. Richard Sezibera spelled out the challenge this way: Ebola in 2014. Zika in 2016. Plague in 2017. Ebola again in 2018. “Microbes have always been on the warpath, and they are reminding us they remain on the warpath,” Sen. Sezibera said at a World…

WASHINGTON, DC—In mid-May, the US National Security Advisor assembled a team of top advisors to discuss the mysterious illness emerging in Germany and Venezuela, with hundreds of cases and dozens of deaths since mid-April. Patients, including US military members, were…

Malignant hyperthermia, a rare complication of general anesthesia, is often fatal without treatment.

The EPA’s Science Advisory Board is re-thinking Scott Pruitt’s plan to restrict the agency’s use of scientific studies to those using public data. In a memo, SAB working group members wrote that the “Secret Science” rule could remove “legal, ethical, and peer-reviewed…