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New brain cells can hurt learning ability

For anyone fighting to save old memories, a fresh crop of brain cells may be the last thing they need ...
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Immunotherapy hype: Are biotech companies overshooting clinical evidence?

The business of oncology drugs that use a patient's own immune system to fight cancer is growing rapidly. But is ...
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Sex and science: Hawai’i’s ‘Babes Against Biotech’ flaunt T&A to attack GMOs

If you can't win the biotechnology debate on the science, at least you can claim bigger breasts. That seems to ...

Stem cell trial for stroke shows potential for lasting benefits

People who received the world's first stem cell treatment for strokes have shown measurable reductions in disability and handicap a ...

Genes guide brain’s response to stress

It is probably cliché at this point to mention that the world seems to be getting crazier/faster/more stressful. Stress can ...

Environment, genes equally at play in autism

Environmental factors are more important than previously thought in leading to autism, as big a factor as genes, according to ...

Genetic and maternal factors play larger role in neonatal brain injuries, long blamed on lack of oxygen during birth

It was long assumed that brain injuries in newborns resulted from insufficient oxygen during labor or delivery. Distressed parents often ...
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Nicholas Wade on race: Genes and evolution trump culture in shaping human differences

No subject is more taboo than race. New York Times science writer Nicholas Wade takes on the nature-nurture debate in ...

Genetics make some people more vulnerable to repetitive brain injury

Scientists studying head injuries have found something surprising: Genes may make some people more susceptible to concussion and trauma than ...
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Procrastination? Impulsivity? Either way, is it in your genes?

Classic twin-study method used to try and explain procrastination and it's heritability. But what is procrastination? Is it impulsivity? Either ...

Protein in young blood fights aging

A protein in blood can repair age-related damage in the brains and muscles of old mice, returning them to a ...

New job for IBM’s Watson: analyze cancer genetics to match patients with best available drugs

For years, the war on cancer has been about attacking specific body parts—developing treatment and funding research around lung cancer, ...
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Hawaii ‘grassroots’ anti-GMO rebellion run by Washington-based Center for Food Safety

On the 11th floor of the Gold Bond Building, on the edge downtown Honolulu, is the brain trust of Hawaii’s ...

Stem cell trial for ALS patients approved

BrainStorm Cell Therapeutics said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the start of a mid-stage clinical trial of its ...

Rare Turkish neurodegenerative disorder caused by a single mutation

International teams of researchers using advanced gene sequencing technology have uncovered a single genetic mutation responsible for a rare brain ...

Gene therapy can restore hearing to deaf poeple

In two months' time, a group of profoundly deaf people could be able to hear again, thanks to the world's ...

Depressed people may produce too much of a damaging neuroprotein

Post-mortem analysis of brain tissue has shown that the dendrites that relay messages between neurons are more shrivelled in people ...

Optogenetics: Light can control behavior when genes mediate

Dr. Karl Deisseroth is having a very early breakfast before the day gets going at the annual meeting of the ...
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Old blood, new science: 115-year-old woman’s blood suggests lifespan depends on stem cells

The blood of one of the oldest women to have lived -- and quite possibly the oldest to ever donate ...
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SAT revamp stirs IQ and genes debate, roiling egalitarian sensibilities

Are their differences among the sexes and races in IQ? Revamp of SAT test brings nature-nurture debate about human intelligence ...

Physician sees disorder for decade before genotyping can confirm genetic link

It was more than ten years ago that Dr. Tally Lerman-Sagie first saw babies with PCCA, a genetic disorder that ...
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Common Alzheimer’s gene APOE4 raises risk for women but not men

While many genes contribute to Alzheimer's disease, early onset Alzheimer's is caused by mutations in one of three autosomal dominant ...

Genes may determine who recovers quicker from concussion

Six months off may not be long enough for the brains of football players to completely heal after a single ...
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Genetically engineering humans for enlightenment?

Transhumanist David Pearce thinks the best way to create a better world is through genetic engineering to halt human and ...
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Why you may not want to get off the couch to run: The skinny on genes and exercise

Genes underlie our ability to exercise, but for some, genes also appear to contribute to the irresistible urge to stay ...

BRCA1 linked to development of brain’s cortical layers

It is well known that females with a BRCA1 gene mutation are at a much higher risk of developing breast ...

Stem cells may help treat stroke

Stem cells culled from bone marrow may prove beneficial in stroke recovery, scientists at UC Irvine’s Sue & Bill Gross ...

3D model of malaria genome to help understand how disease works

For the first time, scientists have generated a 3D model of the human malaria parasite genome at three different stages ...