A recent study looks at the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Denmark over the last 20 years and finds that 60% of the increased in prevalence can be accounted for by changes in diagnostic practices.
Stem cell biologist Haruko Obokata resigned from RIKEN the other day, on the heels of the announcement from the Japanese science institute that their latest efforts to reproduce her results have failed.
A new and promising tool is being developed in the war against bacterial infections that use liposomes to sequester bacterial toxins which minimizes dramatically the possibility of increasing bacterial resistance over time.
The widespread and frequently unwise use of antibiotics the past couple of generations has been incredibly short-sighted and frustrating. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has stated that almost half of human antibiotic use is unnecessary and inappropriate making it the most potent cause of increasing antibiotic resistance. The use of antibiotics on animals is a huge problem as well. The most galling example for me is the often fruitful and ridiculous insistence of many people for antibiotics for viral infections. Couple that with other improper use like not finishing a prescribed course of antibiotics and what we have been essentially doing is accelerating the evolution of harmful bacteria.