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Naked Scientists NewsFLASH episode

Mon, 6th Dec 2010

Rethinking the Chemistry of Life

GFAJ-1 - bacteria that thrive on Arsenic (c) Image courtesy of Science/AAAS

In this NewsFlash, we find out why pandemic 'flu seems to kill the least vulnerable, how parasitic worms treat bowel disease and why summer babies have more regular body clocks.  Plus, we find out how the discovery of bacteria that can thrive on toxic arsenic may force us to reconsider the chemistry of life on Earth, and elsewhere...

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  • 00:25 - Why pandemic flu kills the (apparently) least vulnerable

    Researchers in Buenos Aires and Nashville have come one step closer to finding out why it is that those members of a population who should be the fittest (i.e. young and middle-aged adults) are the most likely to die during a pandemic flu outbreak...

  • 03:10 - How worms can treat bowel diseases

    For many years scientists have known that carrying intestinal parasites seems to reduce the risks of inflammatory diseases and allergies. But now a patient treating himself with a dose of worms to combat inflammatory bowel disease has given doctors a unique insight into how suc...



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