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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 ...
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Viewpoint: Why using gene drives to eradicate pests might not be such a good idea

Using gene drives to eradicate pests has a potential downside—DNA is constantly changing. That means gene drives have the potential ...
Turning night owls into early birds? It may soon be possible

Turning night owls into early birds? It may soon be possible

The discovery of a genetic mutation linked to night owl behavior raises the prospect of a drug treatment that would ...
How the brain resists when presented with scientific consensus on controversial issues

How the brain resists when presented with scientific consensus on controversial issues

Why do people refuse to change their views when confronted with scientific consensus? Research is starting to show us how ...
Anatomy of the demon Demogorgon from 'Stranger Things': Is there a real-life counterpart?

Anatomy of the demon Demogorgon from ‘Stranger Things’: Is there a real-life counterpart?

The Demogorgon, a creature from the hit Netflix show 'Stranger Things', resembles real life cellular slime mold ...
Kissing cousins: Understanding the genetic risks and benefits when close relatives marry

Kissing cousins: Understanding the genetic risks and benefits when close relatives marry

Endogamy––the marriage of relatives––is a controversial cultural practice. It can play surprising roles in health and disease ...
Brain addiction: Why stopping drug use is so difficult

Brain addiction: Why stopping drug use is so difficult

Drug addiction is a commonly misunderstood disease. Once addicted, it’s not only about pleasure seeking or choice, but chemical reactions ...
Synaesthesia: For those who lose their sight, colors can have sound

Synaesthesia: For those who lose their sight, colors can have sound

Vanessa Potter lost her sight. As she recovered, her senses mingled – hearing and touch changed the way she saw ...
Does air pollution reach the womb, eventually leading to heart disease and shorter lives?

Does air pollution reach the womb, eventually leading to heart disease and shorter lives?

New research gives expectant mothers reason to be more cautious with air pollution, which can cause damage to the critical ...
Have humans or any of Earth's creatures stopped evolving?

Have humans or any of Earth’s creatures stopped evolving?

Some of the planet's more bizarre creatures have prompted some observers to suggest that evolution, on occasion, is stopped in ...
Genetics of mental health yield surprising connections but no cures

Genetics of mental health yield surprising connections but no cures

Scientists are slowly uncovering the genes and mechanisms that cause mental health disorders, but we are a long way from ...
Searching for extraterrestrial life: Finding the right communication technology

Searching for extraterrestrial life: Finding the right communication technology

Scientists are looking for evidence of extraterrestrial communication across interstellar space. But what if other intelligent life forms are using ...
Viewpoint: Genetic engineering's benefits extend far beyond GMO crops and controversy

Viewpoint: Genetic engineering’s benefits extend far beyond GMO crops and controversy

In discussing biotechnology, too much controversy is focused on the crops developed by Monsanto and its competitors. Genetic engineering is ...
Can the microbiome join DNA and fingerprints in the CSI toolkit?

Can the microbiome join DNA and fingerprints in the CSI toolkit?

Some scientists argue that our individual microbiomes are unique enough that they can be used to help identify the perpetrators ...