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According to a major scientific survey at least 101 primate species are still used in traditional folk practices and in magic or religious rituals.


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Scientists have revealed the smallest man-made pump ever built - the size of a human red blood cell. The team of US and Korean researchers used ultra-fast laser pulses to create tunnels in glass rods thinner than a human hair.


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European criticism of the World Health Organization's handling of the H1N1 pandemic intensified Friday with the release of two reports that accused the agency of exaggerating the threat posed by the virus and failing to disclose possible influence by the pharmaceutical industry on its recommendations for how countries should respond...


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A US scientist has had all his DNA screened for genes which predict the diseases he may develop in later life.


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The 'white-coat' effect - where blood pressure rises during a check by a doctor - is even worse in someone whose level is already high, researchers say...


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Five genetic clues to why some women have a family history of breast cancer have been identified by UK researchers. It brings to 18 the number of common genetic variations linked to a small increased risk of breast cancer.


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Stem cells were injected into the kidney, but the patient suffered tissue damage and died from an infection.


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Eight foreigners and two Afghans have been found shot dead next to abandoned vehicles in the north-eastern Afghan province of Badakhshan, officials say.


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A stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis is to be tested on patients in the UK for the first time.


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US researchers have for the first time encouraged substantial regrowth in nerves controlling voluntary movement after spinal cord injury.


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Critics say miracles - unexpected events attributed to divine intervention - have no place in the world of modern medicine, and are more likely the result of a placebo effect, or wishful thinking, than divine intervention. But after eight years of investigation by a Vatican panel of medical experts, Jack Sullivan's 2001 healing was last year confirmed by the Pope as miraculous...


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