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An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
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At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
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U.S. Football Star Had Brain Disease Linked to Concussions
10 January 2013 4:50 pm
Researchers with the National Institutes of Health say that Junior Seau, a star defender in the U.S. National Football League (NFL), had a degenerative brain disease linked to athletes who suffer chronic head trauma associated with violent sports, according to The New York Times.
Seau, who killed himself last year, is the latest former NFL player now known to have had the disease, which is called chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). In May 2011, researchers confirmed that Dave Duerson, another NFL defensive star who committed suicide, had CTE; it was also found in the brain of Andre Waters, a third former NFL defender who killed himself. Overall, researchers at Boston University have found CTE in all but one of the 19 brains of former NFL players they have studied, according to The New York Times.