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‘Swiss-army-knife’ molecule could help researchers assess how cells really work

Researchers have discovered a first-of-its-kind way to isolate RNA from live cells in their natural tissue microenvironment without damaging nearby ...
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Using gene therapy, patients with rare sight disorders get vision partly restored

Two men with progressive blindness have regained some of their vision after taking part in the first clinical trial of ...
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Video: Ramez Naam discusses linking human brains

At a recent TEDxRainier talk, author and technologist Ramez Naam discussed the current science of sending sights, sounds, and sensations ...
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Gene therapy successful in treating leukemia. Can it be used to fight other cancers as well?

A new cancer treatment pioneered at the University of Pennsylvania has generated a lot of excitement in the field and ...
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Injecting DNA in the brain: What’s the promise of gene therapy for Parkinson’s disease?

Gene therapy has been used to successfully treat a number of challenging diseases, such as leukemia. Now, scientists are hoping ...

Multitasking skill may be genetic

Human factors/ergonomics researchers have long studied the connection between cognitive function and the ability to perform well on multiple simultaneous ...
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Does reading a novel physically change your brain?

According to a new study, reading a book can physically alter a person's brain. But it seems the researchers might ...
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Disruptive genomics: Is China’s BGI the epicenter of the world’s biotech revolution?

What might be the consequences when we isolate the genes for IQ? Is cheap sequencing a good thing? Is there ...
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‘Brainlike’ computers, able to learn from own mistakes, could arrive in 2014

The first commercial version of a new kind of computer chip, which would allow computers to learn from their own ...
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When it comes to human brain, size isn’t everything

According to new research, expansion of the brain in our ancestors ripped apart tethered neurons, enabling new circuits to be ...
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Bioethical questions arise from advances in neuroscience

A new article looks at the five biggest potential moral and ethical dilemmas that might arise from recent advances in ...

Schizophrenia and lower cognitive ability genetically linked

Researchers at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research of Northshore LIJ recently discovered evidence of a genetic overlap between schizophrenia ...
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Ethical implications of three-parent children

The U.K. is on the verge of permitting scientists to move forward with a procedure to create a human child ...

High-risk genes for schizophrenia and autism may cause impairment, even before mental illness

People who carry high-risk genetic variants for schizophrenia and autism have impairments reminiscent of disorders such as dyslexia, even when ...
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What genes make us human? Scientists have a list

To figure out how humans rose to dominance in the ancient world, scientists are examining the genetic differences between humans ...

Father’s folate levels linked to abnormalities in offspring

Finally it is the turn of prospective fathers to be told what to eat – men who want to be ...
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Did brain mirror neurons help shape our civilization?

A new study debunks the hype surrounding mirror neurons and surveys current literature to take a calm and objective look ...

Finding the root of genetic disease in Amish communities

The story began at the Philadelphia children’s hospital late one night in spring 1989, when Dr. Morton found glutaric acid, ...

Tiny DNA difference controls how you like or hate specific smells

People react differently to the same smells. Something that smells wonderful to you could be offensive to your friend, but ...

How to grow brains in a lab

Bioengineers dream of growing spare parts for our worn-out or diseased bodies. They have already succeeded with some tissues, but ...
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Science reporters fail to dig deep enough on male v. female brain story

The media went nuts over the recent brain scanning study saying men and women differ when it comes to spatial ...
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Comparison of aging patterns sheds light on evolutionary purpose of aging

A new comparison of aging patterns of humans and 45 other species reveals that some species live much longer than ...
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Can we inherit fear of a smell? The latest on transgenerational epigenetics

Can humans inherit the experience of fear? Male mice trained to fear a particular harmless smell before they sire offspring ...

First hints that genes control likelihood of getting concussions

Researchers have found links between certain genes and a football player's susceptibility to getting a concussion. It's a scientific detective ...

Epigenetic alert: Could exericse prevent us from inheriting mom’s obesity?

Epigenetics has been used for rather comical effect in some cases, with a whole lot of things being correlated to ...

Sex and brain structure: Is this really about gender?

The news on December 3, 2013, read "Scientists discover the difference between male and female brains." Britain’s Independent actually made ...
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Can we slow the effects of aging?

Google's new company, Calico, is attempting to battle the effects of aging and many suspect the company will go one ...

Gene mutation increases link between pesticide exposure and Parkinson’s

A mutation in a brain protein makes people exposed to pesticides and a herbicide more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease, ...
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