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Deadly 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba Slowly But Surely Expanding Its Footprint in The US

Deadly 'Brain-Eating' Amoeba Slowly But Surely Expanding Its Footprint in The US

Deadly "" infections have historically occurred in the Southern United States. But cases have been appearing farther north in recent years, likely because of , a new study finds. The study researchers, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), examined cases of this brain-eating amoeba, known as Naegleria fowleri, over a four-decade period in the US.They found that, although the number of cases that occur each year has remained about the same, the geographic range of these cases has been shifting northward, with more cases popping up in Midwestern states than before.N....

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AI system solves 50-year-old protein folding problem in hours

AI system solves 50-year-old protein folding problem in hours

TrendingLive Science is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.(Image: © Shutterstock)An company that gained fame for designing computer systems that could beat humans at games has now made a huge advancement in biological science.The company, DeepMind, which is owned by the same parent company as Google, has created an AI system that can rapidly and accurately predict how proteins fold to get their 3D shapes, a surprisingly complex problem that has plagued researchers for decades, according to .Figuring out a protein's...

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Despite a “Double-Barreled” Flu Season, the Vaccine Is Mostly Doing Its Job

Despite a “Double-Barreled” Flu Season, the Vaccine Is Mostly Doing Its Job

Despite a , this year’s  is working relatively well to prevent influenza, particularly among children, according to a new report.In the , researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated the flu shot’s effectiveness in more than 4,000 U.S. children and adults who visited the doctor for respiratory illness between Oct. 23, 2019, and Jan. 25, 2020.Overall, the vaccine was 45% effective, meaning it reduced the risk of a doctor’s visit for flu by 45%, the report found. The vaccine worked even better in children, reducing their risk of a doctor’s visit for flu by...

March 10, 2020
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