‘Jumping genes’ help stabilize DNA folding patterns

«Jumping genes» — bits of DNA that can move from one spot in the genome to another — are well-known for increasing genetic diversity over the long course of evolution. Now, new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis indicates that such genes, also called transposable elements, play another, more surprising role:…

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Can lithium halt progression of Alzheimer’s disease?

There remains a controversy in scientific circles today regarding the value of lithium therapy in treating Alzheimer’s disease. Much of this stems from the fact that because the information gathered to date has been obtained using a multitude of differential approaches, conditions, formulations, timing and dosages of treatment, results are difficult to compare. In addition,…

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Coronavirus Is Spreading, but W.H.O. Says It’s Not a Global Emergency

The World Health Organization on Thursday decided not to declare the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak a global emergency, despite the spread of the dangerous respiratory infection from China to at least five other countries. Although the disease has reached beyond China, the number of cases in other countries is still relatively small, and the disease does…

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China’s Battle With a Deadly Coronavirus, in Photos

The spread of a deadly respiratory virus has prompted the authorities to limit travel in cities in central China, including Wuhan, where the disease was first found last month. It has since spread to at least four other countries. The outbreak comes just before the start of the Lunar New Year holiday on Friday, as…

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Texas Student May Have Wuhan Coronavirus, as Dozens in U.S. Are Monitored

SEATTLE — A Texas A&M University student was being isolated at home on Thursday as health officials said they were examining whether he could be the second known case of Wuhan coronavirus in the United States. The man had traveled from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak of the respiratory illness began, and health care providers…

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Insys Founder Gets 5½ Years in Prison in Opioid Kickback Scheme

A federal judge sentenced John Kapoor, the founder of the opioid manufacturer Insys Therapeutics, to five and a half years in prison Thursday for his role in a racketeering scheme that bribed doctors to prescribe a highly addictive opioid and misled insurers. The case had been closely watched because it represented a rare criminal inquiry…

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Jeff Bezos, Tabloid Man

SEATTLE — When Jeff Bezos and his former wife, MacKenzie, celebrated what would be their last anniversary together around Labor Day 2018, they arrived at a Miami nightclub with no fanfare. His table was booked online, which is “totally what tourists do” and “totally dorky,” the club’s celebrity liaison said in an interview at the…

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Many in China Wear Them, but Do Masks Block Coronavirus?

Chinese authorities have encouraged people in the city of Wuhan to wear surgical masks in public to help curb the spread of the new coronavirus. The question is: do they work? Many infectious disease specialists say the cheap disposable masks, which cover the nose and mouth, may help prevent the spread of infections if they…

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The Return of the Power Pose

One of the most viral moments of fashion month—aside from J.Lo at Versace in a re-creation of the neckline-down-to-there Grammys dress that launched Google Images—was the model Leon Dame stomping down the runway at the Maison Margiela show in Paris. It was the walk that got everyone talking: chaotic, hunched, and slightly rushed. It went…

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12 Pairs of Goth Shoes for Non-Goths

I know what you’re thinking—yes, I am a poser. Sure, I dabbled with teenage mosh pits and cried to The Cure in my bedroom like any healthy adolescent, but I have never been part of a subculture. The aesthetic, however, is spreading. Due in part to the rise of egirls and eboys and a runway…

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