They were born without a working germ-fighting system, every infection a threat to their lives. Now eight babies with “bubble boy disease” have had it fixed by a gene therapy made from one of the immune system’s worst enemies ‚Äî HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
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BEIJING — The only known female member of one of the world’s rarest turtle species has died at a zoo in southern China, officials said Sunday.
HILO, Hawaii — A language professor has given a Hawaiian name ‚Äî Powehi ‚Äî to the black hole depicted in an image produced in a landmark experiment.
University of Hawaii-Hilo Hawaiian Professor Larry Kimura named the cosmic object, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Thursday.
MANILA, Philippines — Archaeologists who discovered fossil bones and teeth of a previously unknown human species that thrived more than 50,000 years ago in the northern Philippines said Thursday they plan more diggings and called for better protection of the popular limestone cave complex where the remains were unearthed.
WASHINGTON — Humanity got its first glimpse Wednesday of the cosmic place of no return: a black hole.
And it’s as hot, as violent and as beautiful as science fiction imagined.
SALEM, Ore. — Rose Marie Bentley was an avid swimmer, raised five kids, helped her husband run a feed store, and lived to the ripe age of 99. It was only after she died that medical students discovered that all her internal organs except for her heart were in the wrong place.
NEW ORLEANS — Scientists are using fake eggs to spy on whooping cranes in hopes of learning why some chicks die in the egg, while others hatch.
Data gathered by the spy eggs could help biologists in Louisiana and Canada preserve the endangered long-legged birds, which have made a tenuous rebound after dwindling almost to extinction in the 1940s.
WASHINGTON — Earth’s glaciers are melting much faster than scientists thought. A new study shows they are losing 369 billion tons of snow and ice each year, more than half of that in North America.
BERLIN — A group of 14 European scientific institutions plan to retrieve the world’s oldest ice as part of research into past climate change.
The consortium led by the Germany-based Alfred Wegener Institute said Tuesday it has identified an area in Antarctica, nicknamed “Little Dome C,” that should harbour ice as old as 1.5 million years.
If there’s one group of plants that cries out for regular and careful pruning, it’s fruit trees.
Taste the sweetness of a perfectly ripe pear: That sweetness represents energy, and that energy comes from sunlight. With proper pruning, all the limbs of a fruit tree bask in sunshine.