| Nov 22, 2013
| 12:04 PM
A couple of reminders of America's seeming determination to turn its scientific pastures into wastelands arrived this week, and the picture is scary.
One came courtesy of the embassy of Sweden, which earlier this week hosted nine new American Nobel...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 5:37 PM
Kitty, a female chimpanzee that gave birth to many offspring used in laboratory experiments, has died in a Texas animal sanctuary, the Humane Society of the United States announced Friday.
Believed to have been born some 51 years ago, Kitty had been...
| Sep 20, 2013
| 4:43 PM
Beware of magical discoveries: They generally require careful use lest the magic wear off. Even the genie's lamp gave only three wishes.
Antibiotics, which at one point were viewed as miracle drugs providing cures for previously fatal illnesses, are...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 12:39 PM
Examining the molecular profiles of tumors from 12 different types of cancers, scientists working with the National Institutes of Health-backed Cancer Genome Atlas said Thursday they had found striking similarities between tumors originating in...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 12:30 PM
In an interview with The Times, U.S. Centers for Disease Control Director Dr. Thomas Frieden called valley fever "a big and growing problem" that presents "substantial" economic and health costs for Californians.
The CDC chief -- along with...
| Aug 7, 2013
| 5:38 PM
More than half a century ago, doctors took Henrietta Lacks' tissue and used it for research without her permission, creating the first immortal line of cells and making possible billions of dollars in medical research. Now, 62 years later, the National...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 6:07 PM
Following the recent federal decision to list captive chimpanzees as an endangered species, the National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday it would retire the majority of the approximately 360 government-owned chimpanzees currently held in...
| Sep 4, 2013
| 5:48 PM
Diapers? Check. Infant car seat? Check. Comprehensive genome analysis? Roger that, too.
For thousands of newborns born in and around Boston; San Francisco; Kansas City, Missouri; and North Carolina over the next several years, a full genomic...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 4:35 PM
Women, wouldn’t you like to know your precise risk of developing breast cancer, ovarian cancer and endometrial cancer? And wouldn’t you like to know what changes you could make in your life to reduce that risk?
Researchers from the...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 8:15 PM
In another major setback for efforts to develop a vaccine to boost immunity to the human immunodeficiency virus, known as HIV, a key clinical trial was ordered shut down this week after an independent panel of safety experts found that participants...
| Jul 9, 2013
| 12:38 PM
Country music star Randy Travis was hospitalized in Texas on Sunday with viral cardiomyopathy and is listed in critical condition, according to his website.
Viral cardiomyopathy is a form of heart disease in which the heart muscle becomes weakened due...