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Lincoln may have had rare genetic disease

Lincoln may have had rare genetic disease from PhysOrg.com
A California doctor who studies rare ailments said Abraham Lincoln was probably dying of cancer from a rare genetic syndrome at the time he was assassinated.

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Scientist says Hittites began bioterrorism

Scientist says Hittites began bioterrorism from PhysOrg.com
Italian researcher Siro Trevisanato says he believes the ancient Hittite empire was the first to use biological warfare.

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Deadly virus mosquito moves north: health officials

Deadly virus mosquito moves north: health officials from PhysOrg.com
A mosquito that can carry the deadly dengue fever virus is moving north and has crossed the Swiss Alps, health authorities in the canton of Aargau said Monday.

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Gene study supports single main migration across Bering Strait

Gene study supports single main migration across Bering Strait from PhysOrg.com
Did a relatively small number of people from Siberia who trekked across a Bering Strait land bridge some 12,000 years ago give rise to the native peoples of North and South America?

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For treating malaria, less drugs may be best drugs

For treating malaria, less drugs may be best drugs from PhysOrg.com
The current dosage of drugs used in treating malaria may be helping the parasites become resistant to the drugs faster, without improving the long-term outcome in patients. According to evolutionary biologists, studies using mice suggest that the optimal use of the drugs might slow the spread of drug resistance while making the patient just as healthy.

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