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Stamford-based Purdue Pharmaceuticals, which is facing thousands of lawsuits pertaining to its role in stoking the opioid epidemic that has been blamed for the surge in drug overdose deaths, is taking a page out of embattled Cali utility PG&E's book.

Like the embattled utility, the drug company, which is privately owned and controlled by the billionaire Sackler family, is considering filing chapter 11 bankruptcy to halt the mountain of...
“Zombie deer disease” is spreading across the globe.

Known more formally as chronic wasting disease (CWD), the infection eats away at the brains of deer, elk, and moose. It causes the animals to show signs of dementia, manifesting as difficulty walking and eating, before they ultimately die — and experts are now warning that the disease could make the jump from animals to humans.

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“Zombie deer...
We already know that cats can be as neurotic as their owners are, but just how deep are the personality ties between felines and the humans who servelook after them?

Pretty deep, according to new research from scientists in the UK, who found that personality traits of cat owners correlated with related behaviours exhibited by their pets – suggesting that, to some extent, your cat might be absorbing and mirroring aspects of your own personality.

For the first time, scientists have figured out how to regrow not just the bone but even the joints of a mouse’s amputated toes.

Normally mammals like mice don’t regenerate body parts — meaning the new development could help lead to futuristic medical procedures in which amputees are able to grow back their missing limbs.

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Thanks to a cocktail of proteins that stimulate regeneration, lab mice grew back a greater portion of their amputated toes than was possible in past experiments,...
Scientists have developed a “needle pill” that could allow diabetics to take insulin without the need for daily injections.

The pea-sized capsule contains a small needle made of solid, compressed insulin, which is injected into the stomach wall after the capsule has been swallowed.

When tested in pigs, the device worked consistently and was able to deliver equivalent doses of insulin to those required by someone with diabetes.

Giovanni Traverso, an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School-affiliated...
Researchers in 2018 achieved a new kind of chimeric first, producing sheep-human hybrid embryos that could one day represent the future of organ donation – by using body parts grown inside unnatural, engineered animals.

With that end goal in mind, scientists created the first interspecies sheep-human chimera in February, introducing human stem cells into sheep embryos, resulting in a hybrid creature that's more than 99 percent sheep – but also a tiny, little bit like you and me.

Admittedly, the human portion of the embryos created in the experiment – before...
In 2017 researchers figured out how to make fresh wounds heal as normal, regenerated skin, instead of the usual scar tissue - something that was previously thought to be impossible in mammals.

"Essentially, we can manipulate wound healing so that it leads to skin regeneration rather than scarring," said one of the team, George Cotsarelis, chair of the Department of Dermatology at the University of...
From time to time, there are whispers that red wolves still roam parts of Texas. There shouldn't be any there – the animals were officially declared extinct in the wild roughly 40 years ago.

But a new discovery lends at least a skerrick of truth to some sightings, at least on Galveston Island on the Texas coast. Genetic testing of road-kill has revealed that a population of dogs on the island carry the 'ghost' genes of this recently vanished species.

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