RNA-laced bandages could treat the worst wounds on the genetic level

While DNA is the building block of life, its cousin RNA keeps the show running smoothly, as it carries the information from DNA that allow genes to be expressed. RNA's ability to increase or decrease the expression of genes means it has huge potential to treat diseases at the genetic level, including tumors and… » 5/26/13 5:00pm 5/26/13 5:00pm

Panda blood could hold the secret to the next generation of antibiotics

Pandas aren't exactly renowned for their health and hardiness — if anything, they've earned a reputation as a fragile, sex-averse species that needs constant human conservation just to keep from going extinct. Well, they might be about to repay the favor in a big way, thanks to a powerful antibiotic locked inside… » 1/01/13 3:04pm 1/01/13 3:04pm

Groundbreaking rat experiment offers new hope for paralyzed humans

Swiss scientists have conducted an experiment in which paraplegic rats have re-learned to walk, run, and evade obstacles. The spectacular results followed a physical training regimen that included electrical and chemical stimulation of the rats' damaged spinal columns and the use of a "robotic postural interface".… » 6/04/12 8:50am 6/04/12 8:50am