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15 things to know about fecal transplants – here’s the straight poop

Fecal transplants carry a certain ick factor for many people. But there is a legitimate medical use for them -- ...
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Can we slow the progression of Alzheimer’s by seeding our guts with ‘better’ bacteria?

Male — but not female — mice had reduced amyloid beta plaques in the brain after antibiotic treatment ...
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How a ‘dubious’ 50-year-old study fuels marijuana use by pregnant women—against the advice of health experts

Social media users extol — and health experts decry — a study from Jamaica suggesting cannabis use poses no harm ...
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Viewpoint: Don’t expect synthetic biology to reverse climate change. But it could help, if we use it correctly.

There are several ways in which synthetic biology may have a positive contribution to our carbon footprint ...
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‘Every sneeze, kiss, or slap on the back could be part of a larger story’: How the microbiome affects our social lives

Research confirms that who you spend time with is a powerful predictor of the microbes you carry. But these tiny ...
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Hemophilia B—the blood disease that plagued Europe’s royal families—might be treatable using gene editing

Researchers are hoping to use gene editing to create more effective and less expensive treatment options--compared to gene therapy--for people ...
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Podcast: Obesity, cancer and gut bacteria—how the microbiome impacts your health

Get your hands dirty by delving into the microbiome - the trillions of bacteria that live inside our guts ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Superbugs’ are here to stay. That doesn’t mean scientists are powerless to fight back.

Although it sometimes seems hopeless, there are ways to put the brakes on antibiotic resistance ...
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4 things to know about epigenetics, including that most changes are not passed on to offspring

Far more is unknown about epigenetics than is known. Let’s have a look at what we do know ...
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‘Next industrial revolution’: How synthetic biology will transform manufacturing and improve sustainability

To create sustainable cities, we need to use synthetic biology ...
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Chasing origins of anorexia: Are there genetic links to the complicated disorder?

Anorexia has long been treated as a psychological condition. But recent research, including a landmark genome-wide association study, are prompting scientists ...
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Evolution doesn’t want you to be happy or satisfied. We’re supposed to ‘survive and reproduce.’

While the pursuit of happiness seems like a worthwhile goal, evolution thinks otherwise ...
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Baby’s death spurs search for answers: Genetic testing, counseling offer insights, warnings for couple’s future

The effort to get genetic counseling where it needs to be is still an uphill battle ...
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What sperm banks could learn from Fox’s ‘Almost Family’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ sequel ‘The Testaments’

It’s time for tighter regulation of assisted reproductive technologies ...
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Probiotics as ‘living medicine’: Synthetic biology takes on gut diseases, metabolic syndromes

Engineered probiotics could relieve patients of metabolic diseases ...
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Could blood from babies’ umbilical cords rejuvenate our grandparents’ brains?

Protein in umbilical cord blood rejuvenates cells in the brain’s memory center, improving learning and memory in aging mice. Could ...
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Chasing freedom from food allergies through controversial oral immunotherapy treatments

An idea based on a century-old concept could soon receive FDA approval. But will it cause more anxiety than relief? ...
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Experimental blood tests for Alzheimer’s could boost research, treatment of the disease

Narrowing in on diagnostic biomarkers could make an illusive disease easier to catch early ...
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Sustainable dyes and fabrics created through synthetic biology promise to revolutionize fashion industry

The fashion industry is responsible for 10 percent of global carbon emissions; that is more than air and sea transport ...
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Evolution, the human diet and the meat vs. plant conundrum

Evidence suggests our hominin ancestors turned to meat when climate change reduced resource-rich vegetation. The signatures of these changes may ...
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If pain is subjective, how do we measure it in a meaningful way?

You can’t exactly ask a rat to point to where it hurts ...
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Tackling Stone Age stereotypes and misconceptions including this: They made tools out of more than just stone

Although most depictions of Stone Age hunters are male, women and children played a huge part in the creation and ...
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Did a ‘flawed’ bioterror plot doom Netflix’s ‘Designated Survivor’?

The bioterror plot succeeded, in tone if not in detail, by illuminating the idiocy of white supremacy ...
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Length matters? DNA testing companies claim to assess stress, health and aging by measuring your telomeres

By determining length of your chromosome tips - also known as telomeres - testing companies claim to offer an insight ...
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Artificial intelligence could revolutionize health care, but there’s no guarantee that will be a good thing

AI-driven medical tools could democratize health care, but some worry they could also worsen inequalities ...
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Podcast: GMO rice could yield affordable treatment to stem HIV in developing world

A research team developed an ingenious solution to a logistical public health problem—adding anti-HIV proteins to rice ...
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New weapon in the fight against antibiotic resistance: Tricking bacteria ‘into killing themselves’

Sneaky molecular biology tricks bacteria into killing themselves, in place of antibiotics ...