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With imaging advances, brain researchers no longer rely on cadavers and freak accidents

The increased use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a research tool could lead to better understanding of a wide ...
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Chasing the ‘warrior gene’ and why it looks like a dud so far

The year is 2025. The US has gone to war. Young Americans are being conscripted in droves, and those with ...
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Cancer quest: Moonshot initiative melds genetic data with supercomputers, but keep expectations in check

It’s been two years since the Cancer Moonshot Initiative was unveiled during President Obama’s final State of the Union speech ...
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Piecing together the complex puzzle of the brain’s decision-making functions

A group of 21 neuroscientists are joining forces in an effort to better understand how different parts of the brain ...
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Extraterrestrial life may have different chemistry, but evolutionary forces will be Earth-like

If the forces of natural selection have shaped the development of life on Earth, there's no reason to believe those ...
Do cell phones cause cancer? Unlikely, but activists are skeptical of journalists who present the facts

Do cell phones cause cancer? Unlikely, but activists are skeptical of journalists who present the facts

While it has been theorized that radiation from cellphone usage has the ability to cause cancer, there is no evidence ...
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Olympic gene doping: How WADA is managing new performance-enhancing technologies

The start of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang has once again brought questions of unethical athletic performance-enhancement, or doping, to ...
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Viewpoint: Self-diagnosed celiac disease is just the latest diet obsession of wealthy white people

There are people who are allergic to gluten. But the recent surge in self-diagnosed Celiac sufferers is little more than ...
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The quest for youth, and what our genes have to say about it

Why do some people seem to age faster than others? The answer may lie in our epigenetics ...
Viewpoint: Public enthusiasm for genetics tempered by distrust, privacy concerns

Viewpoint: Public enthusiasm for genetics tempered by distrust, privacy concerns

Cheaper genome sequencing is expanding our ability to understand risks associated with genetic mutations. But not everyone embraces these advances, ...
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Gene-editing advances put us at the dawn of a revolution in medicine

So much of the public's attention is focused on the use of genetic engineering in the crops that our farmers ...
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Incurable arthritic knees? Gene therapy offers new hope

Imagine a single injection into the knee vanquishing painful arthritis — forever. Gene therapies aimed at two molecular targets could ...
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Viewpoint: We aren’t even close to being able to engineer superhumans

We know there are genes that contribute to intelligence. But the relationship between those genes and our intelligence is so ...
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State of mind: Will computers learn to act and think like we do?

The technology that drives artificial intelligence is constantly moving forward. But will machines every gain the human equivalent of a ...
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‘Brain banks’: Why these scientists want your brain

Researchers are striving to build collections of brains free of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. A stronger base of ...
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NBC News’ Richard Engel’s son diagnosed with Rett syndrome. Why that’s such a rarity

The Today Show recently reported the sad story of Henry Engel—the toddler son of correspondent Richard Engel and his wife Mary Forrest who ...
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Could modern influenza outbreaks escalate into devastating pandemics like the 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’?

It is unlikely that we will ever experience anything like the 1918 outbreak, but researchers say we could see outbreaks ...
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Waging war against the mosquito: Split-gene drive could hinder spread of Zika

The use of split-gene drives could alleviate the concerns of critics who worry about unexpected effects of releasing gene-edited mosquitos ...
Marrying close relatives offers genetic risks and benefits for offspring

Marrying close relatives offers genetic risks and benefits for offspring

Endogamy is a powerful but controversial cultural tool. It also can play surprising roles in health and disease ...
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Human muscles from stem cells: Advance could aid research into muscular dystrophy, other diseases

Muscle created with stem cells is not quite as strong as the researchers would like. But they think these new ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s how activists manipulate cell phone cancer risk statistics to fool regulators

Although some people argue that cell phone usage contributes to rising brain cancer rates, analysis of the data shows no ...
Battling depression with pharmacogenetics: Genetic screening could eliminate trial-and-error approach to medications

Battling depression with pharmacogenetics: Genetic screening could eliminate trial-and-error approach to medications

A new report suggests that antidepressants may soon be added to the growing list of medications that can be genetically ...
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Viewpoint: Headline-grabbing attempt to edit living human’s DNA needs reality check

For the first time, doctors have attempted to edit faulty genes inside the body of a human patient — a ...
Finding meaning in the music of our genes

Finding meaning in the music of our genes

There is a musical pattern to our DNA, and it may help us understand how genes work and pinpoint diseases ...
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Learning what Alzheimer’s does to the brain could lead to personalized treatments

Researchers are learning more about the causes and progression of the disease. This leads them to suggest that new treatment ...
Sex and genetics: We're looking for someone who isn't an exact match of ourselves

Sex and genetics: We’re looking for someone who isn’t an exact match of ourselves

We know that both men and woman are attracted to each other's shapes. But human sexual desire, and partner preference, ...
Deepening the nature v. nurture debate: How hormones impact development in the womb is often most key

Deepening the nature v. nurture debate: How hormones impact development in the womb is often most key

Hormones released into an expectant mother's bloodstream may affect the child's intelligence, mental health and susceptibility to stress, among other ...
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I was diagnosed with breast cancer. How genetic testing guided what to do next.

Genetics counselor and writer Ricki Lewis explains how a breast cancer diagnosis led her to genetic testing—and why she decided ...