medicine stories

 
Origami paper folding has long been a traditional art form, but now researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have been inspired to use paper folding as a way to test for diseases. The idea expands on existing paper sensor tests, but the folding allows it to detect more complex substances and diseases.
 
The first human genome cost $3 billion to sequence back in 2003. By 2009, the cost to sequence someone's genome had dropped to more like $50,000. Next year, the target is a mere $1,000, and it'll only take two hours to completely identify all six billion of the base pairs in your DNA to tell you what you're likely to die from first.
 
Ever since the accidental discovery of penicillin, we've had ways of being able to deal with bacterial infections. With viral infections, like when you get a cold, all we can really do is suck it up and treat the symptoms, but a new type of drug may be able to tackle any virus, even the ones we haven't met yet.
 
Being sick sucks. And while we can't always cure what ails us, researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have figured out where that general feeling of lousiness we get when we're stick actually comes from, and they think they can make it go away.

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