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Another person likely ‘cured’ of HIV after risky cancer treatment

Scientists have reported that another person appears to be among just a handful of people “cured” of HIV after a risky stem cell transplant to treat cancer. The 66-year-old American man, named the “City of Hope patient” after his California treatment centre, has been in remission from HIV for 17 months. The patient has lived …

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First patients receive jabs in Moderna’s HIV vaccine trial

Moderna has announced the first patients have received their shots in a clinical trial of an mRNA vaccine against HIV. The biotechnology company teamed up with the nonprofit International AIDS Vaccine Initiative to develop the potential vaccine candidate. The shot uses the same mRNA technology as Moderna’s highly effective COVID-19 vaccine. The mRNA technology teaches …

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People with older brothers more likely to be gay, scientists say

A new study claims to have found “clear evidence” for a theory that those with older brothers are more likely to be gay, known as the “fraternal birth order effect”. The theory has been around for decades. It suggests an immune response during pregnancy, in reaction to proteins produced by a male foetus, produces antibodies. …

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Queers in Science celebrates LGBTQIA+ STEMM Day symposium

Today, Queers in Science holds its annual symposium for LGBTQIA+ people who work in the field of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine). Queers in Science tweeted earlier today that LGBTQIA+ STEMM Day celebrates the wonderful work our queer community does to make the world a better place. Queers in Science aims to showcase …

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Scientists slam dodgy ‘How Gay Are You’ DNA testing app

Scientists have called for the removal of a bizarre new app falsely claiming to determine “how gay” its users are based on their DNA. “How Gay Are You?” is available on GenePlaza, a “DNA and genetics-focused” app store, offering people apps to analyse DNA test results. When users download the app, they’re prompted to have …

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There’s no ‘gay gene’… Science says it’s much more complicated

No individual gene alone makes a person gay, lesbian or bisexual, a major study has found. Instead, thousands of genes likely influence only a part of sexual behaviour. The new international study, published in journal Science and the largest of its kind, looked at genetic markers predisposing us to sexual attraction. The study identified five …

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Men may avoid using reusable shopping bags to not look gay: study

A new study out of the US has suggested that traditional gender stereotypes are causing some men to dodge efforts to be environmentally-friendly. According to Pennsylvania University Professor of Psychology Janet K. Swim, men can be unwilling to perform environmentally friendly tasks if they perceive them as “gendered”, such as using reusable shopping bags. “There …

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Online porn habits are causing massive (carbon) emissions

Watching less online porn may lessen the impact on the environment by reducing carbon emissions, according to a new report. Research by French climate think tank The Shift Project found the energy systems for streaming video online — including porn — are responsible for the release of more than 300 million tons of greenhouse gases …

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Bank of England honours Alan Turing on £50 note

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney announced yesterday the selection of Alan Turing for the new £50 note. Imagery depicting Alan Turing and his work will feature on the new polymer note expected to enter circulation by the end of 2021.  While renowned for his WWII work devising code-breaking machines, Turing also played a pivotal …

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New Australian Study Suggests Possible Genetic Link To Transgender Identity

A new Australian study has uncovered evidence of a genetic link underpinning gender dysphoria in transgender people. The research, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, suggests a link between being transgender and changes in genes that process the sex hormones estrogen and androgen. For the study, scientists at Melbourne’s Hudson Institute of …

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