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Why the promise of precision drug treatments is blunted by a lack of racial diversity in genetics research

A lack of racial and ethnic diversity in pharmacogenomic research is raising questions about whether poorly represented groups are being ...
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No longer science fiction: Brain-to-brain interfaces can transmit thoughts

It’s not sci-fi, it’s not mind control, but a real world attempt at telepathy ...
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Have humans reached the end of evolution? Not under these 3 scenarios

Is natural selection still a major force in human evolution? Or have vaccines, water purification, modern medical care and other ...
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Viewpoint: To cure Alzheimer’s we need to think big—like the Manhattan Project

Figuring out the pieces to the Alzheimer’s puzzle ...
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Is narcolepsy caused by a ‘treacherous’ immune system?

New research could lead to easier diagnoses of this rare sleep disorder ...
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WTF? Did the rise of agriculture—and soft foods—give us the ability to drop F bombs?

How the foods we eat influence the sounds our languages develop ...
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Why masculinity is in turmoil

The American Psychological Association released new guidelines for men and boys last month. Critics went mad — and they missed the ...
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Can pig-human chimeras meet our growing demand for transplantable organs?

Experiments show pig-human chimeras might be able to farm human organs for transplantation and disease research. But would it be ...
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Can a genetic test help you find the right marriage partner?

Does a good marriage depend on having the right genes? ...
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Using genetics and social media to find answers for rare ‘undiagnosed’ diseases

Having a strange and little-known condition is increasingly becoming a regular part of life, bonding patients together with a common ...
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How languages and genetics explain our origins and evolution

The twists and turns of both language and genetics offer stunning insights into human history ...
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Research integrity and why bad science has become such a problem

Science depends on corroboration — that is, researchers verify others’ results, often making incremental advances as they do so.  The ...
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‘Suicide’ headaches? Magic mushrooms or LSD could offer relief

Hallucinogenic drugs, particularly lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and psilocybin, are classified as Schedule 1, but scientists and physicians believe they ...
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Why human evolution is far from over—and may be speeding up

Global studies of human DNA show that natural selection continues to change who we are ...
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‘Deadly dreams’? Modern genetics unravels mystery surrounding strange disease

Following decades of unexplained deaths, mostly among young men, modern genetics and epidemiological detective work helped to establish a link ...
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What spider genetics can tell us about evolutionary relationships and cut-throat competition

What’s the most famous — or even the most infamous — spider in the world? The tarantula? The black widow? ...
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‘Creative misbehavior’: When ingenuity takes a dark turn

Misbehavior is a form of creative thinking ...
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What makes something funny? Genetics almost certainly plays a role

What we find funny can differ wildly from person to person. And scientists have found that genetics plays at least ...
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Breaking down the ‘scientific and statistical sins’ behind reporting on marijuana science

A new book and New Yorker feature are filled with cherry-picked data, oversimplified studies, and scientific errors ...
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Building a better mini brain: How these tiny organoids can boost fight against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

It’s your favorite organ, self-assembling, ready to go ...
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Newborns and genome sequencing: Do we sacrifice privacy in the name of health?

If history provides a lesson, routine newborn genomic sequencing won’t come without a fight ...
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How Freddie Mercury got his voice: It wasn’t his teeth

Was Freddie Mercury's magnificent voice aided by a genetic defect? ...
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Gluten free diets are all the rage—here’s why that could be a bad thing

Gluten-free diets are all the rage, even though only a tiny fraction of us are susceptible to celiac-linked reactions. But ...
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Gene drives: Why the best option for fighting mosquito-borne diseases is the ‘mosquito itself’

Gene drives are now a viable method of fighting mosquito-borne disease ...
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Is gender identity fluid or fixed? What we know about other animals might help inform the debate.

Distinguishing between sex and gender is a vital first step in understanding gender identity ...
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What’s the future of human gene editing? Balancing ethical and religious concerns with evidence-based uses of genetic technologies

The November announcement of CRISPR-created babies provoked an intense uproar from scientists, ethicists and the public alike. Fears of independent ...
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Key to fecal transplants could revolve around ‘recipe and preparation’

Fecal transplants are slowly becoming a more effective, and more palatable option for various gut disorders, such as IBS or ...
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Is love a mystery of the heart? Or hard-wired in our genes?

Scientists have identified a number of genetic markers that 'code' humans for attraction--genes for intelligence, subtle human body odors, height ...