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U.S. CDC says it 'may never know' how bird flu mishap occurred

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CHICAGO - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "may never know" how a fairly harmless form of bird flu was cross-contaminated with a dangerous bird flu strain before it was sent to a laboratory outside of the CDC, an agency spokesman said on Monday.

Drugmakers to share neglected compounds with British academia

LONDON - A group of seven leading drugmakers has agreed to share an array of neglected experimental medicines with British academic researchers in the latest example of the deepening ties between industry and external scientists.

Health 21 Jul 2014

Forty-five years after Apollo landing, U.S. debates next lunar step

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Forty-five years after the first Apollo lunar landing, the United States remains divided about the moon's role in future human space exploration.

U.S. 21 Jul 2014

Even in isolated, pristine Tasmania, pressure to allow GMO farming

POWRANNA Australia - Thousands of Black Angus bulls snort steam gently into the frigid early morning air at Tasmania's largest cattle feedlot as they jostle for space at a long grain trough. | Video

Environment, Health 18 Jul 2014

Experts map deep magma reservoir below Washington's Mt. Rainier

SEATTLE - Experts have mapped a huge magma reservoir below Mount Rainier in Washington state that begins melting deep in the Earth's mantle before pushing upwards to where it will eventually be tapped for eruption.

Environment, 18 Jul 2014

Commercial U.S. cargo ship reaches space station

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. - (This story corrects attribution in 3rd paragraph) | Video

U.S. 17 Jul 2014

UK firm touts one-man flying machine for police and military

FARNBOROUGH England - Once the preserve of science fiction, a one-man flying machine is now a viable, cost-effective option for the police and military, according to UK manufacturer Parajet International.

17 Jul 2014

Genetic blueprint unveiled for vital food crop wheat

WASHINGTON - As far as agricultural genome research goes, this may be the best thing since sliced bread - wheat bread, that is.

17 Jul 2014

Gentiva gets $634 mln bid, rejects Kindred's stake offer

- Gentiva Health Services Inc rejected Kindred Healthcare Inc's offer to buy a stake in the home healthcare services provider in favor of a $634.2 million buyout offer from an unnamed party.

Health 17 Jul 2014

Fossils show strange sea creature's half-billion-year-old brain

WASHINGTON - Researchers on Wednesday described fossilized remains unearthed in China showing in fine detail the brain structures of a bizarre group of sea creatures that were the top predators more than half a billion years ago.

China 16 Jul 2014
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MERS virus detected in air samples from Saudi camel barn

LONDON - Saudi scientists have found gene fragments of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus in air from a barn housing an infected camel and say this suggests the disease may be transmitted through the air.