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Examining the curious genes behind ‘magic mushrooms’

"One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small,” sang Grace Slick in Jefferson Airplane’s classic White Rabbit, conjuring ...
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What’s stopping us from using CRISPR to gene edit humans to fight disease?

Emerging clinical applications of CRISPR editing include delivery of CRISPR systems into the body to repair genetic sequences. This is ...
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Why humans started eating meat—and is it critical for our diet?

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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Here’s what we really know about transgender genetics—so far

The week started strangely. On [March 19], the author of a new book on transgender identity emailed me, asking about ...
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Viewpoint: We have much to gain from questioning the theory that humans evolved in Africa

The African origin theory reigns supreme. Every attempt to disprove the theory offers a chance to consider the evidence all ...
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From GMOs to CRISPR: Making sense of how genetic engineering tweaks nature

Many new genetic engineering techniques have been stumbled upon by accident. Studying how bacteria defend themselves has led to CRISPR ...
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Fertility clinic meltdown: What happens when slumbering eggs are awakened early

Fragile spindle apparatuses are an integral part to embryonic growth. What happened to embryo structures when they were thawed and ...
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Facing extreme danger, are you ‘wired’ to fight or take flight?

"Fight or flight" reactions are much more complicated than we were taught in school. That fact has implications for reacting ...
Modern Victor Frankenstein? What synthetic biologists can learn from the classic cautionary tale

Modern Victor Frankenstein? What synthetic biologists can learn from the classic cautionary tale

Mary Shelley was 20 when she published “Frankenstein” in 1818. Two hundred years on, the book remains thrilling, challenging and ...
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Why the body’s response to pregnancy may help us better understand cancer

Cancer cells and placental cells regulate the immune system in remarkably similar ways. We can learn a great deal by ...
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Space astronaut twin’s DNA ‘changed’? How some reports botched the story, and what we really know

When the Today Show reported on March 15 that the DNA of Scott Kelly, who spent a year on the ...
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Fertility quest: How technology has fueled quantum leaps

Nanotech, artificial intelligence, wearables and biological engineering are among the new high tech ways to knock you up, stop your ...
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Here’s what potential Mars colonists really need from Earth: A large gene pool

Establishment of a Mars colony will depend on genetic diversity, meaning we must send tens of thousands of colonists ...
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Waaa! How do babies experience pain?

Researchers continue to look for ways to assess the pain experienced by babies. One recent study suggests that babies are ...
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Viewpoint: Devastating flu season reminds us about the danger of vaccine skepticism

The 2017-2018 flu season is being called the worst since 2009 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and ...
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Good and potentially bad about FDA’s greenlighting of 23andMe direct-to-consumer BRCA mutation tests

News that consumers will soon be able to purchase a genetic test for three BRCA mutations may seem like déjà ...
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Supercharged brains and the quest to think better and faster

For those seeking to enhance cognitive function based on hard evidence, the starting point is worked aimed at improving mental ...
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Are humans genetically loaded for extinction?

Genetic load--the idea that we've had too many mutations to thrive--is making a comeback. A debate's brewing over whether it's ...
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Digitizing DNA: Real reasons to worry about cyberbiosecurity

The intersection between biology and digital technology opens the door for incredible discoveries, but also creates opportunities for dangerous events, ...
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How the genetics revolution is upending our concept of disease—and how that could improve healthcare

What is a disease? This seemingly abstract and theoretical question is actually among the most practical questions in all of ...
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Exploring the alternate reality of Natural News’ Mike Adams’ online ’empire of misinformation’

If there is a Wonderland filled with health scares, monsters, and miraculous concoctions, Mike Adams is building it. And its ...
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Transforming modern medicine doesn’t have to be high tech or expensive

While intricate high-tech breakthroughs are incredible, it's important to realize the value of low-cost and low-tech ingenuity ...
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Getting to the roots of insomnia and what you can do about it

Ever struggle with sleep? Almost all of us will at some point our lifetime. Several factors are at play--including travel ...
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Biodiversity is more than just beauty: ‘It is the very apparatus that holds us steady’

Biodiversity is integral to life, but is more than just a huge number of species: It also represents the variations ...
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Are consumer genetic tests misused by doctors and alternative health providers?

Health practitioners with little or no training or perspective in genetics are dabbling in this rapidly advancing field. Utilizing results ...
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How the vampire bat came to feed on blood, and what we can learn from its droppings

Why do the three species of vampire bats eat only blood, compared to the 1,240 other species that are perfectly ...
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Understanding the genetics of height—and why it matters in the fight against many human disorders

Hoping to help researchers find links between diseases and mutations, the UK Biobank opened its vault last summer, allowing access ...
Reinforcing the human heart: Integrating human cells, electronics and nanomaterials

Reinforcing the human heart: Integrating human cells, electronics and nanomaterials

Future of heart care: Cardiac patch that doesn't merely beat, but also provides monitoring and, if needed, electrical stimulation and ...

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