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How epigenetics is linked to drug resistance

Scientists at Vanderbilt University say they have discovered a nongenetic cause of resistance to cetuximab, a therapeutic that is used ...
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Time to stop treating men and women the same when it comes to drug treatments

Studies have shown that males and females metabolize drugs differently, suggesting we should be spending more time studying those differences ...
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Pro fighters monitored to shed light on early signs of trauma-induced brain damage

Researchers have enrolled close to 700 mixed martial arts fighters and boxers, both active and retired, in the past six years ...
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‘Final-cause thinking’: Does biology and evolution need to be ‘purposeful’?

In the world of evolutionary biology, in particular, there is still a huge amount of final-cause thinking, despite the fact ...
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Viewpoint: We need to change the way autism research is funded

[Editor's note: John Rodakis is the founder and CEO of N of One: Autism Research Foundation.] Robert Naviaux, a professor ...
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Beyond designer babies: What’s the future of ‘bio-modifications’?

Vanderbilt University professor Michael Bess's presentation, “Our Grandchildren Redesigned,” was presented at the Dawn or Doom conference on [September 27]. Bess ...
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Insomnia cures: Do drug remedies provide the kind of sleep that our brain needs?

People spend billions on sleep remedies. The act of sleep and artificially assisting sleep are not on the whole a ...
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Genetics and obesity: Expanding waistlines can’t be blamed on poor lifestyle choices alone

The sources of obesity look more biological, and less psychological, which opens new avenues toward addressing the crisis. Finding answers ...
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Marijuana and epigenetics: Are we moving too quickly with legalization?

Some research suggests there could be health implications related to a surge in legalized marijuana use in the US. One ...
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Epigenetics Around the Web: Should farmers use vinegar, instead of genetically engineered solutions, to protect crops from drought?

A new study being peddled by anti-GMO activists suggests that table vinegar may be equal or superior to advanced breeding ...
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Non-genetic factors may play significant role in species evolution

An unspoken frustration for evolutionary biologists over the past 100 years, says Craig Albertson at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, ...
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Podcast: Can the food we eat change our RNA and the way genes work?

Molecular biologist Ken Witwer: Can the food we eat change our RNA and the way our genes work? ...
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Why identifying ‘autism genes’ is so elusive

Researchers are unlocking the mystery of autism's origin. Yes, it's mostly 'in the genes,' but what that means is one ...
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Say that again? Drug treatment could help older brains distinguish sounds

Have you noticed that learning languages or musical instruments becomes harder as you get older? It may be because your ...
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Vinegar may activate ‘epigenetic switch’ that could increase crops’ drought tolerance

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Sustainable Resource Science (CSRS) have discovered a new, yet simple, way to increase drought ...
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Mosquito suppression on ‘continental scale’ could be possible with CRISPR

Scientists at UC Berkeley and UC Riverside have demonstrated a way to edit the genome of disease-carrying mosquitoes that brings ...
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Epigenetics Around the Web: Trump isn’t affecting human evolution and organic produce isn’t helping your sperm

Is Donald Trump adversely affecting human evolution? One professor's opinion shows how the left politicizes science too; Men's Health quotes ...
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Unrelated identical twins? Science of finding your doppelgänger

The global reach of the web has allowed people to find others who look like an identical twin, yet share ...
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Epigenetics Around the Web: Q&A on hype of epigenetics and health link on Reddit Science ‘Ask Me Anything’

Epigenetics Literacy Project's Nicholas Staropoli took to Reddit Science to answer questions and debunk myths about the budding, yet controversial, ...
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Is it possible to stop our muscles and bones from deteriorating as we age?

With age, the form and function of our bones and muscles drop off, putting us as increased risk for frailty ...
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Tea may lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart attacks by altering gene activity

Tea has been linked to numerous health benefits, from a reduced risk of heart attacks and high blood pressure to ...
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Read ELP’s Nicholas Staropoli Reddit Science ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Epigenetics: Hype and Health

Editor’s Note: On Friday, June 2nd from 1pm–3pm EDT, ELP director Nicholas Staropoli hosted a Reddit-science Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) about the hype surrounding ...
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Eating broccoli can change your DNA, reduce prostate cancer risk

[A] new study has...found that sulforaphane—a compound abundant in broccoli—can help regulate long non-coding RNAs and, in turn, reduce the ...
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Human ‘tree rings’? Neuroimaging predicts life span and brain age

In recent years, scientists have plumbed the molecular depths of the body and surfaced with tell-tale biomarkers of aging, some ...
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Epigenetics Around the Web: Microbiome boom; and What links Native American repatriations to epigenetics? Nothing

This week’s features: CNN story on UCLA professor botches 'epigenetics and Indians'; and why you shouldn't trust personalized microbiome tests--yet ...
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Epigenetics Around the Web: Integrative medicine physicians and new book ‘Born Anxious’ fail Epigenetics 101

A new book hyped by several sites is likely based on pseudoscience, which underscores why physicians need to be more ...
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Childhood ‘overgrowth’—often leading to facial distortions—found linked to cancer-causing genes, epigenetics

Researchers have undertaken the world's largest genetic study of childhood overgrowth syndromes - providing new insights into their causes, and ...
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Epigenetics Around the Web: Marie Claire’s missteps on probiotics and microbiome; Dad’s role in fetal health

Missteps on science, journalism and advertising; Overhyping the epigenetic relationship between healthy fathers and healthy children ...