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Merck KGaA says might strike partnership deal this year

MUNICH (Reuters) – German drugmaker Merck KGaA might agree partnership deals to jointly develop two of its most promising experimental medicines with a rival as early as this year, but more likely in 2019, its drug research and development chief said on Sunday. A logo of drugs and chemicals group Merck KGaA is pictured in […]

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AstraZeneca’s Lynparza shown to put brakes on ovarian cancer

MUNICH (Reuters) – An AstraZeneca drug that blocks a cancer cell’s ability to repair its genetic code greatly reduced the risk of ovarian cancer worsening in a phase III trial, underpinning its lead against two U.S. rivals in the same class. FILE PHOTO: A sign is seen at an AstraZeneca site in Macclesfield, central England […]

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Roche takes on Loxo, Bayer in gene-defined cancer class

MUNICH (Reuters) – Roche’s (ROG.S) entrectinib cancer pill was shown to shrink tumours in 57 percent of patients within a group that can only be identified via genetic profiling, as the Swiss drugmaker challenges an alliance of Bayer (BAYGn.DE) and Loxo Oncology (LOXO.O) in a new targeted treatment area. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss […]

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Novartis drug cut death risk by 35 percent in gene mutation breast cancer

ZURICH (Reuters) – An experimental cancer drug that Novartis hopes will raise the profile of its oncology portfolio cut the risk of death or disease progression by more than a third in breast cancer patients with a hard-to-target gene mutation. FILE PHOTO: Swiss drugmaker Novartis’ logo is seen at the company’s plant in the northern […]

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Roche’s Tecentriq boosts survival in triple-negative breast cancer

ZURICH/MUNICH (Reuters) – An immunotherapy cocktail from Roche helped slow a type of breast cancer where new treatments have proven elusive, data released on Saturday showed, offering positive news for the Swiss drugmaker as it chases medicines produced by its rivals. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche is seen outside their headquarters […]

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BepiColombo spacecraft starts seven-year journey to Mercury

TOKYO (Reuters) – A European-Japanese spacecraft set off on a treacherous seven-year journey to Mercury to probe the solar system’s smallest and least-explored planet. FILE PHOTO: The spacecraft BepiColombo is seen at the European Space Agency’s (ESA) European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands July 6, 2017. REUTERS/Michael Kooren The BepiColombo mission, […]

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Scientists prepare for expedition to the world’s deepest depths

(Reuters) – For the first time, humans will visit the deepest part of each of the five oceans, plunging to the sea floor using a two-person craft designed to withstand the intense pressures more than 5.5 miles (9 km) below the surface. The project, known as Five Deeps Expedition, will use a special submersible vehicle […]

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Skull of ancient human found in burned Brazilian museum

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – The skull of Luzia, the oldest known human fossil in the Americas, was found by researchers combing through debris at Brazil’s National Museum, which burned down in September, the Museum said on Friday. People watch as a fire burns at the National Museum of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, September […]

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Carrots could be key to making greener buildings, say researchers

LONDON (Reuters) – Crunchy and tasty, yes, but could carrots also strengthen cement and cut carbon dioxide emissions for the building industry? A group of researchers at Britain’s Lancaster University has been using a household food blender to mix particles from the root vegetable with concrete to see if they can produce a stronger and […]

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In toothy prequel, piranha-like fish menaced Jurassic seas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – You can call it a prehistoric prequel. A new piranha-like fish from Jurassic seas with sharp, pointed teeth that probably fed on the fins of other fishes is seen in this artist’s reconstruction of a fossil which was discovered in southern Germany in this image released from Eichstaett, Bavaria, Germany on October […]

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Scientists in Chile unveil ‘A Cosmic Titan’ cluster of galaxies

By Natalia A. Ramos Miranda (Reuters) – Astronomers peering billions of light years into space have detected the largest, most extensive collection of galaxies ever registered in the early days of the universe, a “proto-supercluster” they nicknamed Hyperion after a titan from Greek mythology. Hyperion has a mass 1 million billion times greater than the […]

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Exclusive: Science journal to withdraw chronic fatigue review amid patient activist complaints

LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – A respected science journal is to withdraw a much-cited review of evidence on an illness known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) amid fierce criticism and pressure from activists and patients. The decision, described by the scientists involved as “disproportionate and poorly justified”, is being seen as a victory for activists […]

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Modified cotton could be human food source after U.S. green light

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators have cleared the way for farmers to grow a cotton plant genetically modified to make the cottonseed edible for people, a protein-packed potential new food source that could be especially useful in cotton-growing countries beset with malnutrition. An experimental cotton plant is shown at a Texas A&M research facility in […]

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No time to be nervous: cosmonaut shrugs off emergency landing

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin shrugged off on Tuesday his emergency landing last week, saying there had been no time to worry as his capsule plunged back to earth. FILE PHOTO: The International Space Station (ISS) crew member cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Russia gestures after donning a space suit shortly before a launch […]

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International Space Station crew has enough supplies for at least six months: Russian official

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) has enough fuel, oxygen, water, and food to last at least six months, Vladimir Solovyov, flight director of the Russian segment of the ISS, was cited as saying by Russian news agencies on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: The umbra, the moon’s shadow, over the United […]

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Russia may resume manned space flights on November 28: Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The next manned flight of a Soyuz rocket to the International Space Station (ISS) could take place on Nov. 28, Interfax news agency quoted a Russian space industry source on Saturday as saying. FILE PHOTO: A view shows the Soyuz capsule transporting U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin, after […]

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Russia may delay cargo flight to ISS after accident: space agency

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia may delay a planned unmanned cargo shipment to the International Space Station (ISS) after the failure of a manned flight the previous day, Sergei Krikalev, a senior official from Russian space agency Roscosmos said on Friday. Specialists and rescuers gather near the Soyuz capsule transporting U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian […]

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Russia plans to go ahead with manned space flight in December – TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia still plans to go ahead as planned with its next manned flight to the International Space Station (ISS) in December despite a rocket failure this week, TASS news agency cited a Russian space agency official as saying on Friday. Sergei Krikalev was quoted a day after Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin and […]

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NASA head: rocket mishap shows need for range of transport options

MOSCOW (Reuters) – NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said on Friday that he had full confidence in the U.S.-Russian space relationship, but that a rocket failure this week showed the importance of having more than one way of getting people into space. FILE PHOTO: Head of the Russian space agency Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin (R) meets with […]

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Rocket failure astronauts will go back into space – Russian official

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The head of Russia’s space agency said on Friday that two astronauts who survived the mid-air failure of a Russian rocket would fly again and would provisionally travel to the International Space Station (ISS) in spring of next year. The Soyuz MS-10 spacecraft is seen in this long exposure photograph as it […]