Is this a repeat of the 2009 Influenza?

There may be a second wave in the near future. It seems like the year of 2018 is another episode of widespread influenza. H3N2 is the virus strain that forms influenza. It began at the end of last year and reached its peak in January. Since then, the number of infected individuals has decreased significantly. However, people should remain cautious because this may be a repetition of the 2009 influenza, otherwise known as H1N1. That’s right. Like the 2009 influenza, this year’s flu may have a second wave in the…

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Alzheimer’s contributes hundred billion dollars to the healthcare industry

  Data have shown that the most common cause of dementia in the United States is the Alzheimer’s disease. At the moment, there are almost six million Americans who are suffering from that. What’s worse is that statistical data shows that the condition is simply deteriorating. The calculated sum of the healthcare for dementia cases has come to a domineering $277 billion. That only includes cases in the United States per year. At first glance, the astronomical figure may seem insanely high but that is not all. The Alzheimer’s Association’s annual…

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New DNA Nanorobots Successfully Target and Destroy Cancerous Tumors

Nanorobots! Scientists have successfully used the small, autonomous robots to fight cancer. Nature Biotechnology published the paper detailing the scientific achievement on Monday. These devices are extremely small robots that function on a microscopic scale to perform small, specific jobs. “Nanoscale robots have potential as intelligent drug delivery systems that respond to molecular triggers,” Nature Biotechnology said. If the idea itself sounds exciting, the process is only more so. Scientists used DNA origami to build nanorobots that were programmed to deliver payloads in tumors. The nanorobot functions “on the outside…

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Nebula Revolutionizes Genomics Industry with Cryptocurrency

While most blockchain-based startups and companies transitioning into digital currency are met with heavy skepticism, Harvard genetics pioneer George Church is turning heads with Nebula Genomics. That the organization is based on cryptocurrency is not the most important factor– it’s that Church means to monetize and privatize DNA with it. The blockchain is set up to let people share their genome with researchers but maintain ownership over the data– and get paid with cryptocurrency. Nebula is directly targeting 23andMe with this approach. Church’s company addresses “data ownership and privacy concerns,…

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In-Flight Peanuts and Confidential Anti-Terrorism Documents

A confidential Department of Homeland Security (DHS) December 2017 anti-terrorism report on anthrax was discovered by a CNN employee after having been left in a plane’s seat pocket. The document detailed how the DHS would respond in the case of a bioterrorism attack during the Super Bowl, CNN reported Monday. It outlined ways to improve after confusion in recent drills. The report’s cover sheet indicated that it belonged to DHS’s “BioWatch” program, created in 2001 and operating since 2003, CNN reported. It’s the “nation’s only system for early warning of…

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