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Viewpoint: We’ll learn a lot from the coronavirus outbreak, but it will be ‘paid for in blood’

The coronavirus outbreak, now a pandemic spreading at an exponential rate throughout the world, is upending our routines, certainties and ...
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How the “F” word—flu—led to confusion as the coronavirus pandemic unfolded

Thinking that a novel virus is like a familiar one is like assuming that a guinea pig is the same ...
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Podcast: Can you inherit more than half your genes from one parent? Debunking genomic myths and misconceptions

Is there such a thing as a perfect genome? Kat Arney explores the myths and misconceptions about genetics, genomics and ...
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The risks of using gene drives to get rid of ‘pesky species’

Using gene drives to eradicate pests has a potential downside—DNA is constantly changing. That means gene drives have the potential ...
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Dark humor memes about suicide, death and isolation may help depressed people cope with their own problems

Memes are a simple way for people suffering from depression to share their experiences ...
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Podcast: Treating blindness with CRISPR; customized cancer drugs; Beyond Meat v. critics; saving bananas from extinction

As genetic engineering reshapes intimate aspects of our lives, is the public on board? ...
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Fighting the coronavirus outbreak with genetic sequencing, CRISPR and synthetic biology

We are better prepared for a coronavirus outbreak than a few years ago ...
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Podcast: Bird poop, pus, and the Manhattan project—the surprising origins of the genetic alphabet

Kat Arney explores the origins of the genetic alphabet: A, C, T and G - the four 'letters' that spell ...
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‘Warrior gene’: Some people may be genetically wired for aggressiveness. Should we do anything about it?

“Some people have real problems right out of the starting block. We can't dodge the responsibility for social action." ...
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Party drug ‘ecstasy’ could be the answer to years of searching for a PTSD treatment

A once-rejected rave drug finds a new healing purpose ...
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Human-chimp hybrid fossil discovery rewrites human evolutionary history! Uhm, maybe not.

Does the anatomy of this ancient ape upend assumptions about how human ancestors learned to walk? ...
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Building ‘better’ astronauts through genetic engineering could be key to colonizing other planets

Through genetic engineering, we will one day have the ability to thrive in harsh alien environments ...
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‘Headed down the wrong road’: The quest for precision medicine distracts us from what already works

The dominance of genomics in biomedical research today is driven by scientific theory and opportunity, but it is pushing science ...
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Searching for your doppelgänger: Why it’s not so unusual to find a twin

The global reach of the web has allowed people to find others who look like an identical twin, yet share ...
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Podcast: How ‘anti-CRISPR’ viral proteins can fine-tune gene editing in medicine and agriculture

Researchers hope to exploit this viral countermeasure to regulate gene editing and minimize unintended mutations during the editing process ...
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Viewpoint: Genetics can help us navigate the ‘toxic’ transgender debate in more compassionate ways

If we are ever to untangle the nature/nurture knot, we need to find ways past the petty politicizing exemplified by ...
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Assessing coronavirus media coverage: Too late, too alarmist, and too much censorship

Few Western media outlets are getting this one right ...
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Searching for the ‘big break’ that could turn stem cells into a weapon against dementia

Recent developments in stem cell research suggest a radical shift in the way we diagnose and treat dementia ...
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Gene therapy shows success against some cancers and inherited disorders. Can it tackle obesity?

Scientists are working with treatments that have shown success in amping up the metabolism of mice, helping them lose weight ...
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Why the UK wants to share everything it knows about the genetics of 500,000 Britons

Britain is profiling the genes, health and lifestyles of its citizens and handing the results to scientists across the world ...
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Examining our history of advertising for OxyContin and other opioids: Have we learned enough about the dangers of addiction?

Recent advertising for opioid drugs has taken a strange turn ...
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Viewpoint: Is a coronavirus vaccine on the horizon? Antiquated FDA regulations make it unlikely one will emerge in the US

A coronavirus vaccine in the foreseeable future? I’m not holding my breath ...
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Podcast: ‘How to argue with a racist’—geneticist Adam Rutherford challenges what he calls ‘pseudoscience’ in genetics and politics

Adam Rutherford explains how to argue with a racist, hunting for the ghosts in the human genome, and recreating the ...
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‘Rebooting the brain’: Our fight to bring people back from the dead

We may be on the verge of redefining 'brain death' following the partial revival of a man in France ...
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New ‘DNA clock’ finds that if our genes had their way, humans would have a ‘natural’ lifespan of 38 years

A genetic “clock” lets scientists estimate how long extinct creatures lived ...
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Podcast: How ‘fake news’ about avian flu almost sent virologist Ilaria Capua to prison for life

Capua now uses her harrowing experience to educate policymakers and law enforcement about science ...
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Will scientists ever get ahead of fast-mutating deadly health viruses? Exploring the coronavirus and the genetics of other viral outbreaks

Even as our methods of detection and treatment improve, we will likely never be able to completely stay ahead of ...
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Manipulating our internal clocks could lead to treatments for mood disorders, obesity—and even aging

Medicines and other small molecules may play a role in fixing rhythms gone awry ...