October 5, 2012 Scientists have been using whole genome sequencing for over a decade, but it has yet to become a routine tool in the clinic. Two separate research groups showed progress in making diagnoses using in-depth genome analysis.
October 5, 2012 Many birds seek out anthills, but not for a snack: They just want to roll around in a pile of insects. Some scientists think this strange behavior serves as a form of insect repellent. Others maintain that "anting" is a fun, pleasurable (and maybe even habit-forming) experience for birds.
October 4, 2012 A steroid drug administered to relieve back pain has been contaminated by the spores of a common leaf mold. Five deaths have been reported so far.
October 4, 2012 Fortified peanut paste saves lives in Haiti and other places where malnutrition is a problem, but producing it locally costs more than importing it from faraway factories in Europe because of labor and other costs. Still, feeding programs are willing to pay a little more, for now.