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Rejecting GMOs and supporting small-scale organic farming is a cheap vote winner but it’s not sustainable

The increase in global food supplies has been largely achieved through massive expansion of land cultivation. That's not sustainable. Rejecting ...

First test to predict Alzheimer’s years in advance

The world's first blood test to predict Alzheimer's disease before symptoms occur has been developed. The test identifies 10 chemicals ...

Chemotherapy induces long-lasting epigenetic changes in blood cells

Many breast cancer survivors experience fatigue and other debilitating symptoms that persist months to years after their course of treatment ...
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‘Fat gene’ stands falsely accused, offers lesson in gene-gene interactions

For much of the last decade, a gene called FTO has been touted as a 'fat gene'. Now it seems ...

Are extreme athletes genetically drawn to take risk?

Studies of skiers, snowboarders and other extreme athletes are shedding new light on why different people are attracted to different ...
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GMOs “no longer a Pandora’s box”–Key tool to meet soaring food needs

The NGO Biosciences for Farming in Africa has produced a collection of essays focused on "how will we be able ...
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Gene therapy for HIV infection?

HIV has proven to be a frustrating challenge to scientists looking for a magic-bullet cure. Researchers are now evaluating an ...

Pesticides in paradise?

Many Kauai locals have been outraged to discover that their island paradise is also home to a proliferating genetically engineered ...

My genes made me do it

In the trial of Rene Patrick Bourassa Jr., the defendant and his attorneys made no effort to deny he had ...
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Elephant intellect: Genius in the largest brain on land

Scientists are finally probing the elephant brain to find out how cooperative problem solving, tool use, and even self-awareness can ...

Capturing a snapshot of how cells interact

Scientists can now take snapshots of where and how thousands of genes are expressed in intact tissue samples, ranging from ...

Humans and dogs evolved to listen for emotional cues

Dog and human brains turn out to be surprisingly similar, at least where communication and emotions are concerned, a new ...
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Promise of “easy” stem cells comes under investigation

Two breakthrough papers in Nature highlight a remarkable new technique for creating totipotent stem cells via a simple acid bath ...
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Memory — not perception — might be key to dyslexia

If auditory processing is at the core of the frustrating disorder dyslexia, then dyslexic musicians shouldn't exist. But they do ...

Scientists edge closer to identifying bipolar risk genes

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have taken a major step toward identifying the specific genes that ...

Biotech start-up targets Parkinson’s and ALS with new gene therapy

A Cambridge biotechnology company launching Wednesday is taking aim at Parkinson’s disease and ALS with a new gene therapy that ...

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 ...