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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 ...
Does the shape of your face affect your odds of success or failure in life?

Does the shape of your face affect your odds of success or failure in life?

The science of facial structures has advanced tremendously in recent years, leading to a number of applications and a deeper ...
Viewpoint: Oprah for president? Junk science enabler?

Viewpoint: Oprah for president? Junk science enabler?

Oprah Winfrey’s recent speech at the Golden Globes captured the imagination of countless people with rumors spreading that it could ...
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Artificial intelligence: How can we regulate without stifling innovation?

There is disagreement among some of the top minds in technology when it comes to the subject of regulating artificial ...
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Treating the concussion epidemic: Could spit tests identify those most likely to recover slowly?

A study found that microRNA in the saliva may offer early warning signs about a person's likelihood of recovering quickly ...
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‘Junk DNA’: Mining our genome’s dark matter for new disease treatments

The term junk DNA was used to describe sequences that that do not code for proteins. Largely ignored by researchers, ...
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Male pregnancy may be closer than you think

As women begin to receive uterine transplants, the question is being asked of when they will be available for men ...
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Even if you don’t believe in God, religion may shape your subconscious thinking

Although non-believers reject religion, Christian beliefs still shape much of Western thought. Both believers and non-believers have similar subconscious attitudes ...
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Should it matter if the public is wary of gene editing and human enhancement?

A survey of people in the US and 10 European nations found opposition to some forms of gene editing for ...
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TRAPPIST-1 mini-planetary system and what it means for the spread of life between worlds

Only a few dozen known worlds as small as the rocky worlds of our inner Solar System and orbiting within ...
Italian family's inability to feel pain spurs research on relief for chronic sufferers

Italian family’s inability to feel pain spurs research on relief for chronic sufferers

The six members of the family barely notice broken bones or severe burns. Researchers have identified the mutation behind their ...
Obesity epidemic: Could gene therapy be an answer?

Obesity epidemic: Could gene therapy be an answer?

Scientists are working with treatments that have shown success in amping up the metabolism of mice, helping them lose weight ...
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What differentiates humans from chimps: Differing DNA or different expression of similar genes

Scientists have found genetic changes that make brains bigger and may help explain why we are so different from chimpanzees ...
Molecular clocks rewriting the story of human evolution

Molecular clocks rewriting the story of human evolution

Analyzing DNA from present-day and ancient genomes provides a complementary approach for dating evolutionary events. By comparing DNA sequences, geneticists ...
Viewpoint: Why so many scientific studies are flawed and poorly understood

Viewpoint: Why so many scientific studies are flawed and poorly understood

With misleading conclusions often reported from scientific research, it's important to be able to discern between legitimate studies and dubious ...
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Gene therapy challenge: How much should it cost and how do we pay for it?

When evaluating the high prices of one-time gene therapy treatments, should we look to the costs of organ transplants when ...
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Chasing a cure for narcolepsy—and why it should be a priority

For the first 20 years of his life, Henry Nicholls had a healthy relationship with sleep. Shortly after his 21st ...
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Why all identical twins who are overweight are not identically obese

Identical twins have the same genomes, but they don't always look exactly the same, particularly in regards to weight. Science ...