Alzheimer's 'brain health' quiz likely to scare more than help

Alzheimer’s ‘brain health’ quiz likely to scare more than help

Critics question the integrity of a risk assessment sent to prospective patients by NorthShore University Health System's Center for Brain ...
Orthorexia nervosa: Do anti-GMO activists have this 'eating disorder'?

Orthorexia nervosa: Do anti-GMO activists have this ‘eating disorder’?

Orthorexia nervosa is being evaluated as a possible psychiatric diagnosis -- which is causing symptoms of anxiety among some people ...
Transhumanism and inequality: Enhancing human life could bring dystopian consequences

Transhumanism and inequality: Enhancing human life could bring dystopian consequences

Transhumanism may offer a pathway to an 'engineered paradise,' but there are many perils and pitfalls ahead -- particularly for ...
CRISPR opens window into early stages of human embryo development

CRISPR opens window into early stages of human embryo development

Work in the UK involving CRISPR and human embryos illustrates the value of the gene editing technique in basic research ...
Reconsidering LSD, other psychedelic drugs for treating depression, anxiety

Reconsidering LSD, other psychedelic drugs for treating depression, anxiety

There is a movement underway to reconsider how LSD and other psychedelic drugs are regulated. If restrictions were loosened, these ...
'Designer babies' just around the corner? More scare than science

‘Designer babies’ just around the corner? More scare than science

As CRISPR technology advances, old fears about 'designer babies' resurface. But we are a long way from being able to ...
Genetics and obesity: Expanding waistlines can't be blamed on poor lifestyle choices alone

Genetics and obesity: Expanding waistlines can’t be blamed on poor lifestyle choices alone

The sources of obesity look more biological, and less psychological, which opens new avenues toward addressing the crisis. Finding answers ...
Will the public embrace CRISPR to 'edit out' birth defects as it has other reproductive technologies?

Will the public embrace CRISPR to ‘edit out’ birth defects as it has other reproductive technologies?

As CRISPR becomes more widespread, will the public accept gene-edited alterations in the same way we embraced in vitro fertilization? ...
Is brain hacking possible?

Is brain hacking possible?

Accessing the human brain to enable functional connections with electronic technology may sound incredibly futuristic, but a handful of entrepreneurs, ...
Marijuana and epigenetics: Are we moving too quickly with legalization?

Marijuana and epigenetics: Are we moving too quickly with legalization?

Some research suggests there could be health implications related to a surge in legalized marijuana use in the US. One ...
Avoiding PTSD: Genetic tests could help military screen optimal combat candidates

Avoiding PTSD: Genetic tests could help military screen optimal combat candidates

Research offers new support for the idea that genetics can play a key role in determining why some people develop ...
Quest to colonize space demands boost from biotechnology, synthetic biology

Quest to colonize space demands boost from biotechnology, synthetic biology

The lack of technology for such sustainable life support systems is a major factor underlying criticism of human space exploration ...
From horses to mice, animal inbreeding has shaped human existence

From horses to mice, animal inbreeding has shaped human existence

Humans have been breeding animals together, a new natural selection, since the beginning of time. However, inbreeding can have drastically ...
Preventing preterm birth: Preemie genes identified

Preventing preterm birth: Preemie genes identified

A global team of researchers has zeroed in on genes that affect the length of pregnancy and may foretell elevated ...
Are sperm counts declining? What's the role of 'endocrine disruptors'?

Are sperm counts declining? What’s the role of ‘endocrine disruptors’?

The science community is divided over whether reports of declining sperm counts in men is actually occurring. One explanation--exposure to ...
Genetic testing lags for mental illness, forcing parents to seek answers online

Genetic testing lags for mental illness, forcing parents to seek answers online

Genetic counseling for potential mental illness in children should be just as responsive as counseling for "physical" disease. Right now, ...
How to argue evolution with creationists

How to argue evolution with creationists

Creationists and scientists have separate definitions for the word "theory." Getting caught up in arguments about the word's meaning is ...
As the era of the artificial womb approaches, a great debate awaits

As the era of the artificial womb approaches, a great debate awaits

The ability to develop a fetus outside the mother's body could be here within decades. That means society will face ...
'Genome cloaking' and the quest to keep DNA test results private

‘Genome cloaking’ and the quest to keep DNA test results private

Stanford University researchers have developed a tool to keep individual genetic information private, reducing the risk of discrimination by employers ...
Obsessive-compulsive disorder in dogs: What can we learn about ourselves?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder in dogs: What can we learn about ourselves?

Canine compulsive disorder, like the version that afflicts humans, can take over the animal's eating, sleeping and basic functions. In ...
Unraveling the paradox: Why GMO drugs and GMO foods are treated differently by critics

Unraveling the paradox: Why GMO drugs and GMO foods are treated differently by critics

Many of the people who express outrage over genetic modification of crops because it 'tinkers with nature' are supportive of ...
Crippling costs blunt potential of drugs harvested from living cells

Crippling costs blunt potential of drugs harvested from living cells

Biologics are drugs grown in living cells, rather than produced through chemical reactions. They can be incredibly effective, but are ...
Does the 'Nordic diet' reduce stroke risk? Maybe, maybe not

Does the ‘Nordic diet’ reduce stroke risk? Maybe, maybe not

Study gives teeth to claims that the Nordic diet--which limits foods to what people in Denmark, Sweden and other northern ...
Yoga may be good for your mind, body--but what about your genes?

Yoga may be good for your mind, body–but what about your genes?

Research suggests that yoga, and similar mindfullness-focused activities, may foster genetic changes that help people cope with stress and avoid ...
Could a Planet of the (Talking) Apes ever really evolve?

Could a Planet of the (Talking) Apes ever really evolve?

War for the Planet of the Apes is the latest entry in the 50-year old franchise. A scientist asks: do ...
Can we trust the eyes of those who witness crimes?

Can we trust the eyes of those who witness crimes?

The credibility of eyewitness accounts has taken some hits from DNA evidence-based refutation of trial testimony. But there's more here ...
It's time to talk about the ethics of CRISPR-edited human embryos

It’s time to talk about the ethics of CRISPR-edited human embryos

With groundbreaking human gene editing research moving forward, and human enhancement becoming a reality, decisions need to be made about ...
Micro RNA: Genetic suppression might control insect-borne diseases and limit pesticide use

Micro RNA: Genetic suppression might control insect-borne diseases and limit pesticide use

New methods of controlling mosquitos without chemicals include releasing sterile males, spreading confusing pheromones and, most recently, disrupting egg development ...