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New gene tests for germs quickly reveal source of infections

Brian Jetter was on life support, a healthy 40-year-old suddenly battling pneumonia and sepsis, and a slew of tests had failed to find the cause.

Mystery illnesses like this kill thousands of people each year when germs can’t be identified fast enough to reveal the right treatment. Now genetic tests are helping to solve these cases.

Trump halts fetal tissue research by government scientists

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Wednesday that it is ending medical research by government scientists that uses human fetal tissue, overriding the advice of scientists who say it has led to lifesaving medical advances and handing abortion opponents a major victory.

Research suggests bird personalities vary widely and are tough to change

EDMONTON — Research from the University of Alberta is fledging out the idea that birds may travel in flocks but have personalities of their own.

“In some ways, it’s analogous to the human term ‘personality,’” said behavioural ecologist Kimberley Mathot. “Individuals show predictable differences in behaviour.”