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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 […]

Palaeoanthropology: Adding bite to hominin history

Fossils of the ancient human ancestor Homo erectus have been found in two locations in East Asia — near Beijing and in central Java, Indonesia — but whether this indicates one or more hominin migrations from Africa remains unclear. Now Yahdi Zaim at the

Nature readers flirt with personal genomics

Survey reveals eagerness to use latest DNA technologies.

Human oocytes reprogram somatic cells to a pluripotent state

The exchange of the oocyte’s genome with the genome of a somatic cell, followed by the derivation of pluripotent stem cells, could enable the generation of specific cells affected in degenerative human diseases. Such cells, carrying the patient’s genome, might be useful for cell replacement.

Research community: Pilot scheme for misconduct database

Researchers, journal editors and scientific institutions should work together to improve communication about misconduct cases. Although published retractions are logged by PubMed and other databases, and by blogs such as Retraction Watch (http://retractionwatch.wordpress.com), the scientific community needs a way to identify flawed articles

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