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Genetic uncertainty: When research participants should be told that their test results have changed

“Do you mind if we take one more sample?” asked the endocrinologist who had already stuck six needles into the ...
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Tracing the birth of new languages—as older tongues fade away

Anthropologists and linguists are working to understand how complex systems of communication emerge—and what they reveal about how to keep ...
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Can we blame our genetics for overeating?

Are eating habits a matter of choice and discipline? What role do our genetics play in determining how much and ...
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How ‘genetic libraries’ of animal DNA can help us better understand ourselves

Of more than 500 species of sharks in the world’s oceans, scientists have only sequenced a handful of genomes – ...
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Taking a bad trip and why marijuana edibles may be a prescription for psychosis

A study looked at high-potency cannabis and psychosis. The findings were astonishing ...
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Do humans have a ‘ghost’ ancestor? Artificial intelligence thinks so.

A third archaic human species may have been identified, this time with deep learning methods ...
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Do participants in genetics research studies have the right to know—or not know—about troubling DNA results?

Is it possible to know too much about our own genetic profile? ...
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‘Dramatic’ skull chunk discovery could tell us more about the mysterious Denisovans

Fragments of a hominin skull add to the sparse collection from our obscure cousins ...
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Exploring the maleness of autism and how it shapes the empathy of autistic people

Those with autism shift towards masculine brain functions ...
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Why psychiatrists should stop ‘looking the other way’ when confronted with faked mental illness

The act of feigning illness for personal gain, or malingering, is far more widespread than the public might suspect ...
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Why the promise of precision drug treatments is blunted by a lack of racial diversity in genetics research

A lack of racial and ethnic diversity in pharmacogenomic research is raising questions about whether poorly represented groups are being ...
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No longer science fiction: Brain-to-brain interfaces can transmit thoughts

It’s not sci-fi, it’s not mind control, but a real world attempt at telepathy ...
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Have humans reached the end of evolution? Not under these 3 scenarios

Is natural selection still a major force in human evolution? Or have vaccines, water purification, modern medical care and other ...
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Viewpoint: To cure Alzheimer’s we need to think big—like the Manhattan Project

Figuring out the pieces to the Alzheimer’s puzzle ...
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Is narcolepsy caused by a ‘treacherous’ immune system?

New research could lead to easier diagnoses of this rare sleep disorder ...
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WTF? Did the rise of agriculture—and soft foods—give us the ability to drop F bombs?

How the foods we eat influence the sounds our languages develop ...
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Why masculinity is in turmoil

The American Psychological Association released new guidelines for men and boys last month. Critics went mad — and they missed the ...
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Can pig-human chimeras meet our growing demand for transplantable organs?

Experiments show pig-human chimeras might be able to farm human organs for transplantation and disease research. But would it be ...
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Can a genetic test help you find the right marriage partner?

Does a good marriage depend on having the right genes? ...
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Using genetics and social media to find answers for rare ‘undiagnosed’ diseases

Having a strange and little-known condition is increasingly becoming a regular part of life, bonding patients together with a common ...
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How languages and genetics explain our origins and evolution

The twists and turns of both language and genetics offer stunning insights into human history ...
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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 ...