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Malaria Malaria vaccine could save millions of children’s lives

The first-ever widescale trial of a malaria vaccine has produced promising results, say reseacrhers, raising hopes of an imminent breakthrough in the fight against the mosquito-borne tropical disease. Each year, malaria occurs in approximately 225 million persons worldwide, and 781,000 persons, mostly African children, die from the disease.1 During the past decade, the scale-up of […]

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As Nature’s science-fiction column reaches a milestone, we recall some of the highlights.

Neuroscience: Autism in a mouse

Researchers have created a mouse model of autism by knocking out a gene that is, in humans, associated with a form of the disorder that is often accompanied by epilepsy.Daniel Geschwind at the University of California, Los Angeles, and his colleagues found that mice

Complement factor H binds malondialdehyde epitopes and protects from oxidative stress

Oxidative stress and enhanced lipid peroxidation are linked to many chronic inflammatory diseases, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD). AMD is the leading cause of blindness in Western societies, but its aetiology remains largely unknown. Malondialdehyde (MDA) is a common lipid peroxidation product that accumulates in

Degree courses: Energy should form its own discipline

The international energy system needs an overhaul. The sector is multidisciplinary: it must serve modern civilization without compromising economic opportunity, undermining national security or impinging on the environment. Yet innovation today prioritizes improvements to discrete technologies and progress in single disciplines rather than rebuilding the

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