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What can our microbiomes tell us about ourselves?

Some of my friends are sporting wristbands these days that keep track of their bodies. Little computers nestled in these ...
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Who wants to live to forever?

When does a 7-year-old consider the onset of old age to begin? What about when he’s 70? Ameliorating aging comes ...

UK considers benefits and risks of ‘three-parent’ IVF

The UK Parliament will soon consider making Britain the first country to allow three person IVF. The regulations are yet to be ...

Protein found in dogs may trigger human nerve regeneration

There are approximately six million people in the U.S. living with paralysis - the loss of muscle function caused by ...

How nanotechnology is revolutionizing medicine

In a 1959 lecture at Caltech famously dubbed “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom,” American physicist and Nobel laureate–to-be ...

Efforts to cure rare genetic diseases target people who conquered them

Biologist Stephen Friend is president and co-founder of the nonprofit research organization Sage Bionetworks in Seattle, and co-director of the ...

UK genetics research making strides in cancer and rare disease treatment

Prime Minister David Cameron has said it "will see the UK lead the world in genetic research within years." The ...
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Some kids un-develop autism. Could their genes be responsible?

Scientists are focusing attention on a group of autistic children who improve so much they essentially outgrow the diagnosis. Although ...

Stem cell research sheds light on weakening of aging immune system

There's a good reason people over 60 are not donor candidates for bone marrow transplantation. The immune system ages and ...
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Addressing ethical questions in pregnancy, genetic disease and baby traits

When Kira Walker was born, on June 13, 2013, her parents and doctors knew she might have health issues. Her ...

Tuskegee anniversary, bioethics then and now

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment was an infamous clinical study that began in 1932, conducted by the Public Health Service at the Tuskegee ...
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Looking for a few DNA needles in a million haystacks in the hunt for disease cures

The Resilience Project wants to find people with genes that should cause extremely rare diseases, but who never developed the ...

Will whole-genome sequencing become the norm?

The first thing Debbie Jorde noticed about her newborn daughter was that her arms were bent at unnatural angles. She ...
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Promise of CRISPR gene editing–and the challenges

Two papers published in the last week were signal events for agricultural genomics. First was the draft of the huge, and ...
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For Jamaican athletes, speediness is in the genes

Let's put political correctness aside: World class athletic ability is in the genes, and the success of Jamaican sprinting just ...
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Tallying the supercentenarians

The recent death of 111 year old Alexander Imich highlighted the difficulties in keeping track of the world's oldest people, ...
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Video: Genetic engineering allows MIT researchers to implant false memories

Can you install a false memory in the brain? Researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have shown ...

Measuring change in adult brains

Popular neuroscience books have made much in recent years of the possibility that the adult brain is capable of restoring ...
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Video: Consciousness has an on-off switch?

While trying to treat a woman's epilepsy, doctors at George Washington University may have inadvertently found brain structures that house ...
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Practice does not make perfect: Expertise requires Innate talent

Scientists have long argued over the relative contributions of practice and native talent to the development of elite performance. This ...

In the future, brain implants will cure paralysis and disease

nside the biomedical electronics lab at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, New York, Jeff Ashe, a principal engineer, holds up ...

Brain recording lets scientists watch treatments in action, but could harm memory

The man in the hospital bed was playing video games on a laptop, absorbed and relaxed despite the bustle of ...

Microscopic computers go down like pills

What if you could swallow a computer the size of a poppy seed, and it could report back exactly if ...

Transhumanists target hunger with soy-based nutrition in third world communities

Can DIY-Soylent cure the pangs of World Hunger? Can the alchemists of future food collect sufficient funds to fill the ...
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Power to edit who you are

Gene editing in humans will soon become a treatment reality. But how will society determine which conditions deserve this treatment ...
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What neuroscience can tell us about PTSD and how to rewrite our memories

Fear and memory share many connections in the brain. By understanding that physiology and relationship, neuroscientist Daniela Schiller hopes to ...

To fight aging, second languages and new hobbies may keep brain limber

We all know that exercise helps keep our hearts healthy, but what keeps our brains in top form? Researchers are ...
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U.S. Brain Initiative budget will rival that of Human Genome Project

The National Institutes of Health set an ambitious $4.5 billion price tag on its part of President Obama’s Brain Initiative ...