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DNA can help guide your choice of life-saving drugs

Put yourself in the shoes of a psychiatrist. You just diagnosed a person with schizophrenia, and you can prescribe any ...
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IQ gene? Uh-oh, scientists believe they have found one

Scientists have identified a gene linking the thickness of the grey matter in the brain to intelligence; it may help ...

Gene for a thick cerebral cortex linked to high intelligence

A gene which may make people more intelligent has been discovered by scientists. Researchers have found that teenagers who had ...
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Psychology explains why many people fear GM foods

The brain is first and foremost in charge of keeping us alive and it uses everything it can to figure ...
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Acid bath stem cell method may work for human cells

Scientists may have used the newly-discovered environmental stress method for inducing pluripotency in human cells. This could change everything ...

Searching for invulnerability to cancer

In June 2013, I described how sequencing the highly abnormal genomes of cancer cells can identify some of the mutations ...
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Brain science pioneer shifts focus of NIMH to basic neuroscience and genetics

Drain science pioneer Dr. Thomas R. Insel, now director of the National Institute of Mental Health, has sharply shifted the ...
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Were Neanderthals a different species?

Up to 40% of the Neanderthal genome may be preserved across our collective genomes, and the areas of the human ...
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Misplaced fears of identical diseases links anti-GMOers to anti-technology fringe groups

GMOs, vaccines, chemtrails, fluoride, all have remarkably similar suites of disease "side effects" according to anti-technology critics. The same scare ...
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Acid bath turns adult cells into stem cells

Japanese researchers report transforming adult cells into a flexible, embryonic state via a surprisingly simple method of exposing the cells ...
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Finding more disease genes, faster

Researchers string together disease genes to create networks that help explain the interactions between the genes, and, better yet, find ...

Using genetic techniques to target just one species of insect

Scientists and biotechnology companies are developing what could become the next powerful weapon in the war on pests — one ...
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Old brains may be slow, but still smart

Modern memory tests are selling old brains short. It could be that older, wiser heads are so chock full of ...

Epigenetics involved in cocaine addiction

Scientists from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai say they have identified a new molecular mechanism by which ...
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Overclocking your brain? Be careful

Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) head-sets send electrical currents straight through your skull and into your brain, but do they ...
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Will new lawsuit delay commercialization of AquaBounty’s GM salmon?

AquaBounty Technologies, makers of a GE salmon nearing approval, says a new lawsuit is just the latest attempt by opponents ...
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Extinguishing the memory of fear, with a drug that changes the epigenome

A new drug changes the chemical markers that attach to DNA, making it possible to treat even old traumatic memories ...
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Truths and myths about left-brain, right-brain functions

Handedness and brain asymmetry are widely regarded as unique to humans, and associated with left-brain and right-brain functions. But which ...

Scientists wrong in linking gene to whale and dolphin brain evolution

In 2012, a team of Chinese scientists showed that a gene called ASPM has gone through bouts of accelerated evolution ...
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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 ...