What do we know about wine as a magic elixir?

What do we know about wine as a magic elixir?

Is wine good or bad for you? Much of the attention surrounding the drink has focused on the compound resveratrol, ...
Is 'dark DNA' lurking as 'missing' mystery force in animal evolution?

Is ‘dark DNA’ lurking as ‘missing’ mystery force in animal evolution?

In some animals, stretches of essential DNA seem to be missing. However, this "dark DNA" is not really missing, it's ...
Male fertility likely declining, but we haven't figured out why

Male fertility likely declining, but we haven’t figured out why

Studies tell us that difficult-to-measure male fertility has dipped in recent decades. But with many unknowns, we need to resist ...
Tick tock, circadian clock research wins Nobel Prize—and why it may help us sleep and travel to Mars

Tick tock, circadian clock research wins Nobel Prize—and why it may help us sleep and travel to Mars

Our clock system is in organisms across the planet. Better understanding of our internal body rhythms may help pave the ...
Treating aggressive brain cancer with poliovirus

Treating aggressive brain cancer with poliovirus

The idea of using a modified poliovirus as a treatment for glioblastoma brain cancer isn't new. But recent research shows ...
Insomnia cures: Do drug remedies provide the kind of sleep that our brain needs?

Insomnia cures: Do drug remedies provide the kind of sleep that our brain needs?

People spend billions on sleep remedies. The act of sleep and artificially assisting sleep are not on the whole a ...
Postpartum depression: It impacts dads, too

Postpartum depression: It impacts dads, too

Postpartum depression affects fathers, too. Men experience lower testosterone levels throughout pregnancy and paternal care, increasing the chance of depression ...
Using Zika in the fight against deadly brain cancer

Using Zika in the fight against deadly brain cancer

With traditional cancer-fighting tools--surgery, radiation and chemotherapy--proving ineffective against glioblastoma tumors, researchers are exploring an unconventional treatment using a weakened ...
Upchuck factor: Alcoholism targeted with novel gene therapy

Upchuck factor: Alcoholism targeted with novel gene therapy

Researchers are exploring the use of a naturally occurring mutation that causes people to get sick after drinking alcohol. The ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...