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Research integrity and why bad science has become such a problem

Science depends on corroboration — that is, researchers verify others’ results, often making incremental advances as they do so.  The ...
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‘Suicide’ headaches? Magic mushrooms or LSD could offer relief

Hallucinogenic drugs, particularly lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and psilocybin, are classified as Schedule 1, but scientists and physicians believe they ...
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Why human evolution is far from over—and may be speeding up

Global studies of human DNA show that natural selection continues to change who we are ...
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‘Deadly dreams’? Modern genetics unravels mystery surrounding strange disease

Following decades of unexplained deaths, mostly among young men, modern genetics and epidemiological detective work helped to establish a link ...
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What spider genetics can tell us about evolutionary relationships and cut-throat competition

What’s the most famous — or even the most infamous — spider in the world? The tarantula? The black widow? ...
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‘Creative misbehavior’: When ingenuity takes a dark turn

Misbehavior is a form of creative thinking ...
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What makes something funny? Genetics almost certainly plays a role

What we find funny can differ wildly from person to person. And scientists have found that genetics plays at least ...
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Breaking down the ‘scientific and statistical sins’ behind reporting on marijuana science

A new book and New Yorker feature are filled with cherry-picked data, oversimplified studies, and scientific errors ...
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Building a better mini brain: How these tiny organoids can boost fight against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

It’s your favorite organ, self-assembling, ready to go ...
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Newborns and genome sequencing: Do we sacrifice privacy in the name of health?

If history provides a lesson, routine newborn genomic sequencing won’t come without a fight ...
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How Freddie Mercury got his voice: It wasn’t his teeth

Was Freddie Mercury's magnificent voice aided by a genetic defect? ...
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Gluten free diets are all the rage—here’s why that could be a bad thing

Gluten-free diets are all the rage, even though only a tiny fraction of us are susceptible to celiac-linked reactions. But ...
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Gene drives: Why the best option for fighting mosquito-borne diseases is the ‘mosquito itself’

Gene drives are now a viable method of fighting mosquito-borne disease ...
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Is gender identity fluid or fixed? What we know about other animals might help inform the debate.

Distinguishing between sex and gender is a vital first step in understanding gender identity ...
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What’s the future of human gene editing? Balancing ethical and religious concerns with evidence-based uses of genetic technologies

The November announcement of CRISPR-created babies provoked an intense uproar from scientists, ethicists and the public alike. Fears of independent ...
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Key to fecal transplants could revolve around ‘recipe and preparation’

Fecal transplants are slowly becoming a more effective, and more palatable option for various gut disorders, such as IBS or ...
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Is love a mystery of the heart? Or hard-wired in our genes?

Scientists have identified a number of genetic markers that 'code' humans for attraction--genes for intelligence, subtle human body odors, height ...
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Ouch! Why is pain so much worse for some of us?

Exploring how pain differs from person to person ...
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Genetics and race: How do we have this awkward conversation?

Discussing inter-group divergence is largely taboo. So do we just ignore the deluge of data? ...
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Many people are confused and concerned about human gene editing. They might just need a ‘better understanding’ of how it works

Genome editing has struck a public nerve in a more profound way than most new medical technologies ...
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Yes, genes do shape our behavior, but in complicated ways

Are psychological traits definitely determined by genes? ...
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Battling Parkinson’s disease by rejuvenating aging cells

For many degenerative conditions, there are no cures, just treatments designed to slow the progression. But we may soon be ...
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Only 18% of people with breast and ovarian cancer genes knew they were carriers, study found. How can we make DNA screening work better?

New research shows that only 18% of those who tested positive for breast cancer genes knew they had them ...
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Viewpoint: Why we must be wary of grandiose claims about a low-cost, universal cancer cure

An Israeli company claims they will likely perfect a cure for all cancer in the next year. There are many ...
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Using CRISPR to fight antibiotic-resistant ‘superbugs’

The superbugs are winning the antibiotics wars. CRISPR could turn the tide ...
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Could this synthetic enzyme lead to a treatment for celiac disease?

Ingestible enzymes created by synthetic biology could allow people with celiac disease to eat gluten ...
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Geneticists seek key to better understanding, treatment of schizophrenia

What can studying the human genome teach us about the origins and treatments for psychiatric diseases like schizophrenia? ...
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Viewpoint: Cancer rates are falling, but ‘our work is not done’

While it can be tempting to celebrate cancer rate decline, it's important to see that cancer outcomes correlate with an ...