Humans killed off Tasmanian Tigers single-handed

It really is all our fault: the Tasmanian Tiger, or thylacine, was wiped out entirely by human actions; disease didn't play a part, as was previously thought.

Cracking wheat genome could help feed the world

By cracking the genetic code of wheat, scientists may have made a big step toward securing global food supplies.

What if Mars astronauts get sick?

A spacecraft really wouldn't be a great place to suffer from, say, salmonella poisoning - but new research indicates that microgravity and prolonged space flight could give unique advantages to germs.

JFK likeliest airport to spread disease

If you want to play it safe, avoid airports in New York, Los Angeles and Honolulu - they're the ones most likely to play a part in spreading pandemics.

Gene mapping often fails to predict disease

Whole genome sequencing as a method of predicting disease risks isn't as informative as thought, a study of thousands of identical twins has found.

Living micro-robot could diagnose disease

Biologists and engineers are working on a tiny robot that functions like a living creature and could be safely used within the human body to diagnose disease.

Night lights used to track diseases

Satellite images of city lights can be used to monitor outbreaks of disease, says a team led by Princeton University.

Alzheimer's could be catching

New research raises the scary prospect that Alzheimer's could be transmissible in a similar way to infectious prion diseases.

'Star-Trek' sick bay detects diseases

British engineers have built a £1 million Star Trek-style 'sick bay' for the National Health Service, debuting at the Leicester Royal Infirmary's accident and emergency department.

Chocolate makes for a healthy heart

Scoffing large amounts of chocolate could cut the risk of heart disease by a third, new research suggests.

Modded mosquitoes could help fight tropical disease

Scientists are currently attempting to control dengue fever, a tropical disease spread by mosquito bites, in many parts of the world.

Blocking microRNAs may prevent degenerative eye disorders

Medical researchers have discovered that laying the smackdown on DNA’s cousin - RNA - might help put a stop to the development of degenerative eye disorders.

Foursquare and MTV want to know if you have an STD

Foursquare and MTV have teamed up to promote a special virtual "badge" for users who check into health clinics and get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

A million bats died from newly discovered disease in US

If something isn't done about a new disease making its way through North America, there will be nothing scary about caverns in the US because bats are dying off by the millions.