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Denmark defends virus measures after mink mutation

Copenhagen - Denmark on Friday defended the strict measures it has imposed on the north of the country after a mutated version of the new coronavirus linked to mink farms was found in humans.

Op-Ed: Evidence is against a different strain of more-virulent COVID-19

London - Some media reports infer that there is more than one strain of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. New evidence suggests this is not the case. Although all viruses mutate, this is not, as yet, leading to more virulent forms.

Researchers: New strain of coronavirus could be more contagious

Scientists have identified a new strain of the coronavirus that has become dominant worldwide and appears to be more contagious than the versions that spread in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

China gene babies' mutation linked to higher mortality: study

Paris - The genetic mutation given to Chinese twins last year rendering them immune to the HIV virus may significantly reduce life expectancy, scientists said Monday in a fresh warning against human gene-editing.

Outdated technology makes flu vaccine only 20 percent effective

Last year's flu vaccine should have matched the circulating virus strains that made people sick, but it was only 43 percent effective. This year's flu vaccine will be only 20 percent effective, and it's due to chicken eggs.

Mutant bacteria biofilms could be big problem for space travelers

Bacteria evolving into giant blobs that engulf unwary space travelers is only seen in Sci-Fi movies, but mutant bacterial biofilms are real, and a first ever study shows they could present a problem to space travelers.

Essential Science: Bacterium mutates into dangerous pathogen

A microbe has moved from a common resident of the throat and nose to become a potentially worrisome sexually transmitted pathogen. The organism is called Neisseria meningitides and it can cause something a bit like gonorrhea.

WHO — Bird flu rates in humans alarming but risks are still low

The risks of a sustained human-to-human spread of H7N9 bird flu in China is low, but the recent surge in the number of cases in this fifth wave is alarming and requires constant monitoring, says the World Health Organization.

Ebola virus adapted during West African epidemic

Salem - In a review of the 2013-2016 Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, scientists have found that the Ebola virus increased its ability of the virus to infect human cells. The virus went through a process of adaptation.

Heart defects stem from complex mutation web

New research suggests that pinpointing the cause of congenital heart defects will be very difficult, given that the condition relates to a complex web of genetic mutations from across the entire body.

Mutated polio virus alert

Bonn - Scientists are reporting alarming findings: a mutated polio virus that is able to resist vaccine protection. The virus was found in victims of an outbreak in the Congo in 2010. The full analysis has only now been revealed.

Mutation might reduce heart disease

New York - Genetic variants (mutations) that cripple a particular type of protein have been linked with a lower risk of heart attack and stroke.

Mysterious heart disease gene found by Canadian science

Scientists have detected a mysterious gene that influences cardiovascular health. After five years, researchers now know how one genetic variant works and how it contributes to the development of heart.

Mutation discovery may help detect rare brain tumor

Researchers have identified a mutated gene that causes a type of brain tumor that can have devastating lifelong effects. Currently, the tumor can only be treated with challenging repeated surgeries and radiation.

Genetic mutations increase risk of breast cancer

New York - Although evidence suggests that breast cancer has a genetic link, new research suggests that the chance of developing cancer is linked to gene mutations.

Mutated gene possible cause for excessive drinking

Alcoholism has been deemed to be cause of 1 in 25 deaths worldwide. A study conducted by UK scientists say that a gene mutation could be linked to excessive drinking.

New approach to treat degenerative eye diseases

Scientists have developed a new approach which may one day be able to treat the degenerative eye disease Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON). The new approach borrows from the microbial world.

Controversial bird flu research to resume

The international group of influenza researchers, whose research into bird flu was suspended due to potential human risks, are to resume their research.

Minor genetic quirk causes Melanesian Solomon people’s blond hair

Honiara - About a quarter of the inhabitants of the Solomon Islands archipelago have dark skin and blond hair. Scientists have identified the reason for the unusual characteristic, dispelling the former belief that the blond hair originated from European genes.

10% of Europeans resistant to HIV

According to biologists at the University of Liverpool the plagues of the Middle Ages have made 10 percent of Europeans HIV-resistant.

Four-leaf clover: No luck, but an aberration due to a faulty gene

Four-leaf clovers are rare in nature, about one to four in every 10 thousand clovers have more than the normal three leaves. Now scientists have found the gene mutation that explains the aberration.

Doctors operate on Chinese boy with 15 fingers, 16 toes

Doctors at a hospital in Shenyang, Liaoning province in China successfully operated on the toes and fingers of a boy born with 15 fingers and 16 toes.

H1N1 swine flu mutation spreads, deaths worldwide on the rise

As health officials seek to smooth concerns over the prospect of a more voracious H1N1 swine flu mutation, evidence mounts that the mutated strain is spreading.

Chinese expert warns of H1N1 and H5N1 pandemic mutation

With H1N1 mutations seen in Norway and noted in several countries, a Chinese expert issues a warning on the potential for a superbug combination of bird flu and swine flu.

Experts say vaccines are effective against H1N1 virus mutation

Reacting to the announcement from Norwegian scientists that the H1N1 swine flu virus has successfully mutated, a number of experts reassured the public - saying the vaccine is effective against the new strain.

Norwegian scientists discover more virulent H1N1 mutation

Norwegian scientists working with H1N1 swine flu samples have discovered a mutated form of the virus and have expressed concerns over the highly virulent nature of the newly discovered strain.

Breeder of 'Hemingway' type cats under fire for playing God

Earnest Hemingway's special gift of the six-toed cat has prompted a long running history of the unique genetic mutation, polydactyly. However, a more severe, yet similar form of the mutation has created quit a stir. Presenting the "twisty cats."

Pandemic flu may be only two mutations away

The difference between a flu virus that kills millions, and one that kills only a few comes down to just two amino acid changes, researchers say.

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The facade of "El Mejunje" cultural centre in Santa Clara, Cuba.
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External views of the dicephalous embryos of Galeus atlanticus
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