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North Korea Says it Cured Cancer, AIDS, Ebola with Wonder Drug

June 19, 2015 4:16 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

North Korea — which has allegedly starved millions of its people and is unable to treat even modest medical problems such as cataracts — has a new drug on the market that it says can cure AIDS, Ebola and some cancers.

WHO: MERS Not Spreading Outside S. Korea Hospitals

June 15, 2015 10:54 am | by Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press | News | Comments

The MERS virus in South Korea, which has killed 14 people and infected nearly 140 in the largest...

2 S. Korean Hospitals Shut Over MERS Fears; 11th Person Dies

June 12, 2015 10:24 am | by Hyung-Jin Kim and Kim Tong-Hyung | News | Comments

Authorities in South Korea temporarily closed two hospitals amid persistent fears over the MERS...

South Korea Reports 10th Death from MERS Virus

June 11, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea reported a 10th death from the MERS virus on Thursday, although officials say they...

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6th Person Dies of MERS Virus in South Korea

June 8, 2015 9:25 am | by Tong-hyung Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea on Monday reported its sixth death from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as authorities were bolstering measures to stem the spread of the virus that has left dozens of people infected.

More Reason for Calm than Panic in South Korea's MERS Scare

June 4, 2015 10:42 am | by Foster Klug, Associated Press | News | Comments

Here's a look at what's happening in South Korea. 

South Korea Reports its First 2 Deaths From MERS Virus

June 2, 2015 8:55 am | by Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press | News | Comments

South Korea on Tuesday confirmed the country's first two deaths from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome as it fights to contain the spread of a virus that has killed hundreds of people in the Middle East.

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South Korea Isolating Hundreds Amid MERS Outbreak

June 1, 2015 2:44 pm | by Seth Augenstein, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

South Korea reported two additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, or MERS, on Sunday.

Exoskeleton That Helps Paralyzed Walk Faces Barrier in Japan

May 12, 2015 9:12 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Yuichi Imahata's 9-year-old daughter is thrilled her dad stands tall above her head. It's an experience that is new to her.

Study: Global Warming to Push 1 in 13 Species to Extinction

May 1, 2015 10:29 am | by Seth Borenstein, Associated Press Science Writer | News | Comments

Global warming will eventually push 1 out of every 13 species on Earth into extinction, a new study projects.

Mystery Lingers Over STAP “Acid Bath” Stem Cells

January 7, 2015 10:22 am | by Cynthia Fox, Science Writer | Articles | Comments

An investigatory panel hired by the Riken Institute in Toyko, Japan recently issued reports finding that STAP “acid bath” stem cells were, in the main, simply garden-variety embryonic stem (ES) cell lines.                        

Tokyo Closes Park Seen as Local Source of Dengue

September 5, 2014 12:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A popular park in downtown Tokyo has been closed temporarily after dozens of cases of dengue fever were contracted by people who visited the area.                              

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Prominent Japan Stem Cell Center to Undergo Changes

September 2, 2014 3:55 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

Riken Center for Developmental Biology (CDB), the prominent Japan institute where Haruko Obokata was found to commit misconduct on stem cell papers, will be halved, according to a Riken representative.              

Japan Sees First Local Dengue Case in Over 60 Years

August 27, 2014 12:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Japanese health authorities have reported the first locally transmitted case of dengue fever in the country in more than 60 years. The ministry says the case occurred in Saitama, a prefecture adjacent to Tokyo.            

As STAP Papers are Retracted, A Riken Researcher Mulls Stalling World-First Trial

July 2, 2014 2:55 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

Just as Nature was setting about retracting two famous Riken CDB papers claiming to make “STAP” stem cells from ordinary cells, another Riken researcher said she might suspend a world-first clinical trial of a competing—legitimate—stem cell technique. But within hours, she modified her views, according to Riken.

One Japan Stem Cell Institute Soars, One Struggles

June 18, 2014 12:59 pm | by Cynthia Fox | Articles | Comments

As Nobel Prize-winning scientist Shinya Yamanaka regaled a New York crowd with advances that may send his Japanese institute to the top of the global stem cell field, investigators in Tokyo said the stem cell division at his sister institute is so wracked with problems it should dismantle—or dramatically revamp.

Breaking News: Growing Concerns Over STAP Cell Sources

March 27, 2014 10:25 am | by Cynthia Fox | Blogs | Comments

Cloning pioneer Teru Wakayama found two STAP stem cell batches made for recent Nature STAP papers were apparently not derived from a 129 mouse strain, as he was told, but F1 and B6 strains. While the erroneous data, which appeared in one of the papers, does not affect the works' main thrust, it is spurring calls for reviews of other STAP stem cell sources.

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High Cesium Level Found in Fish by Fukushima Plant

March 17, 2013 3:03 am | by MALCOLM FOSTER - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

The Japanese utility that owns the tsunami-damaged nuclear power plant says it has detected a record 740,000 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in a fish caught close to the plant. That's 7,400 times the government limit for safe human consumption. The bottom-dwelling fish called a...

‘Zombie Worm’ Development Unveiled

March 13, 2013 9:40 am | News | Comments

How do bone-eating worms reproduce? A new study sheds light on this question through a detailed observation of the postembryonic development and sexual maturation of Osedax worms, also known as “zombie worms.”

New Technology Allows Scientists to Capture and Preserve Cancer Cells Circulating in the Bloodstream

December 17, 2012 9:27 am | by RIKEN Advanced Science Institute | News | Comments

Scientists report a new nanoscale Velcro-like device that captures and releases tumor cells that have broken away from primary tumors and are circulating in the bloodstream. This new nanotechnology could be used for cancer diagnosis and give insight into the mechanisms of how cancer spreads throughout the body.

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