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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 ...
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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 ...