Disease evolution: how new illnesses emerge when we change how we live

Disease evolution: how new illnesses emerge when we change how we live

The world’s scientific community is focused on how to improve detection and responses to emerging diseases such as Zika virus and Ebola. So what can we learn from the most recent large-scale outbreaks?

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93% of leukaemia patients in remission after an experimental T cell therapy

93% of leukaemia patients in remission after an experimental T cell therapy

Doctors are reporting "extraordinary" results after the first clinical trial of an experimental type of immunotherapy against advanced leukaemia. The new approach was tested on 29 late-stage leukaemia patients who'd exhausted all other options. After the therapy, 27 of them went into remission – that's an incredible 93 percent success rate. One patient who wasn't successful the first time around went into remission after a second, higher dose.

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Here’s why pharma giant AbbVie coughed up $10 billion to buy a startup you’ve never heard of

Here's why pharma giant AbbVie coughed up $10 billion to buy a startup you've never heard of

AbbVie, a major biopharmaceutical company, just picked up biotech startup Stemcentrx in a deal that’s worth up to $10.2 billion.That would make it the second-largest venture capital-backed acquisition in history. The startup, which had previously been valued at $5 billion, is developing drugs that target cancer stem cells, a specific type of cancer cell that some research suggests could play a key role in defeating the disease.

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He Sold His House, Car & Possessions Because His Dream Was To Travel The Country With His Family

He Sold His House, Car & Possessions Because His Dream Was To Travel The Country With His Family

Joe Hendricks, a photographer and travel enthusiast took his family to a trip, that left him craving for more. A dreamer and working on impulse, as he describes himself, he sold everything – his house, his car and all their belongings – and bought a luxurious Airstreamer- a travel trailer, to explore everything that America has to offer. It's been 3 months since the family of four set out on the journey of their lives. Here are the breathtaking pictures and the journey so far, in his own words.

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Can a Cat Have an Existential Crisis?

Can a Cat Have an Existential Crisis?

When I first adopted Lucas nine years ago from a cat rescue organization in Washington, D.C., his name was Puck. Then, almost four years ago, my husband and I had a child. Lucas, no longer the most important small creature in the apartment, retreated to the top shelf of his cat tree, where he would lie all day, staring morosely over the edge.

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