Duke University has launched the MURDOCK Study, an ambitious effort to track the long-term health of 50,000 North Carolinians and gain insight into aging, nutrition, Alzheimer’s, and other health issues over their life span.
Some might call it the most important chair in the house but for 2.5 billion people around the world, access to safe and sanitary toilets isn’t an option. Researchers at RTI International are reinventing a toilet that is self-sustaining and doesn’t require plumbing or a regular water source, which will benefit the developing world.
A cancer vaccine would be as beneficial as it is problematic to develop. Vaccines work by training the immune system to recognize and destroy a foreign invader. The trouble with tumors is they are made of human cells gone haywire, and the immune system often has a difficult time telling the difference between a cancer cell and a healthy cell.