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Epigenomic boom over hyped?

Epigenetics promises to explain the relationships between our genes and environments, but some scientists argue it may be going too ...
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Breakthrough STAP stem cell researchers officially guilty of misconduct

Earlier this year researchers at Japan's RIKEN institute announced a remarkably easy way to produce stem cells -- the holy ...
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In defense of Biology Fortified Inc

Biology Fortified Inc (BFI) is widely recognized as an independent, free-thinking, and accurate source of information on biotechnology. Over the last ...

Do vaccines cause autism? No, it’s in the genes

Over the last few years, we’ve seen an explosion of studies linking autism to a wide variety of genetic and ...
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MIT researchers use MRI to study genetic activity in brains

MIT researchers have used genetic engineering and a bit of chemistry to make it possible, for the first time, to ...

Gene regulator plays role in Alzheimer’s

Along with symptoms of cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s disease patients often have an accumulation of plaques and tangles of proteins in ...

Pre-natal neuron disorganization may cause autism

Nobody knows what causes autism, a condition that varies so widely in severity that some people on the spectrum achieve ...

New bipolar treatments possible with stem cell model of disease

Skin cells taken from people with bipolar disorder have been turned into brain cells. These in turn are offering up ...

Gene expression goes realtime with MRI

Doctors commonly use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose tumors, damage from stroke, and many other medical conditions. Neuroscientists also ...
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Revisiting the “gay gene” controversy: Homosexuality is only a disorder if society makes it one

Earlier this year, findings shared at the annual AAAS meeting triggered a firestorm of "gay gene" headlines and reactionary op-eds ...
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Whole-genome sequencing in your doctor’s office? A reality check, but sooner than later

The cost of genome sequencing hasn't really plummeted, but it's still dramatically cheaper than it used to be. Does that ...

Genetics make some people prone to depression

Why do some people sail through life's difficulties, while others get mired in depression? A certain gene may explain such ...
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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 ...