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DNA for the greater good: Should the police have access to consumer DNA databases?

There is an urgent need for international guidelines and policies ...
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How a genetically-engineered phage therapy defeated a drug-resistant infection, raising hopes for chronically ill patients

After a difficult lung transplant, 17-year-old cystic fibrosis patient was successfully treated with experimental bacterial phage therapy ...
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Do genetics determine what we like to eat? Study finds no ‘smoking gun taste gene’

A recent genome-wide association study found 17 genetic sites related to bitter beverage consumption ...
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After another promising Alzheimer’s drug trial fails, we have to ask: Are we on the right path to a cure?

As trial after trial of beta-amyloid drugs fail, there's a possibility that Alzheimer's researchers have the wrong target ...
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We could try to build a conscious robot. But how would we know if we succeeded?

Consciousness seems to stem from the struggle between our brain's beliefs and perceptions. How can we design neural networks to ...
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Why this lesser-known CRISPR sibling could be a key tool in fight against drug-resistant bacteria, viruses and parasites

A “highly specific and programmable” CRISPR tool could become one of our main tools for fighting pathogens ...
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Inside US quest to develop a ‘2020 vision for genomics’

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is nearing the halfway point of a major strategic planning process, one that ...
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Mad genius and genes: Are highly creative people more likely to suffer mental illness?

The idea of the "creative madman" (or woman) has persisted throughout history with Vincent Van Gogh as Exhibit A. Science ...
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Searching for genetic answers: What makes monkeys different from humans?

Less than 50 of our 20,000 genes are unique to humans. What separates us from monkeys? ...
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Viewpoint: We should be careful about ‘crossing the germline’ in gene editing humans

CRISPR gene editing has the possibility to transform disease management, but we can't be scared of editing somatic cells ...
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Why synthetic biology is about much more than resurrecting woolly mammoths

Synthetic biology...Simply mentioning this term — whether at a cocktail party or on a pop culture TV show — evokes ...
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Why conservatives should embrace evolution ‘as a jewel’ of modern Western civilization

It is a crowning achievement of Western civilization and a rejoinder to the modern myths of the Left ...
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Summer is coming: Just how much sun can your DNA take before being damaged?

We're entering sunscreen season, which means 'high alert' for sun-related skin damage. How does our DNA impact our susceptibility? ...
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A matter of trust: Why anti-vaxxers are wary of Big Pharma

Vaccine opponents often share a conviction that the health care system is more interested in profits and power than helping ...
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Viewpoint: What defines a female athlete? Law professor, former runner’s case for why Caster Semenya’s testosterone levels critical in determining if she should compete with women

The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that intersex athletes must reduce their testosterone to within accepted female levels ...
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Geopolitics of gene editing

For a handful of countries, gene editing is key to their future power ...
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Was our brain growth kick-started by ancestors scavenging bone marrow from animal carcasses?

A new theory challenges assumptions about when and how our ancestors altered their behaviors to boost brainpower ...
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Worried about low T? Treatments may be a costly placebo—and could even hurt you

Testosterone therapy does little to counter the effects of aging. But it does have the potential to be harmful for ...
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Viewpoint: How my cancer treatment turned me into a living, breathing GMO

Whether in cancer cells or apples, GMOs are improving lives ...
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Dissecting the cannabis genome in the quest for a better bud and effective medicines

Cannabis cultivators have little firm knowledge about the genetics of the plant. Researchers hope to change that ...
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How this promising gene therapy for a rare neuromuscular disease was fueled by passionate parents and a dog

The gene therapy will be too late for Joshua Frase. But it will be his legacy ...
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Sex robots create a lot of questions, including this one: Does it count as cheating on your human partner?

In “Turned On,” a computer scientist and sex researcher explores the surprisingly serious business of sexual companion robots (no snickering, ...
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Weak links? How partial DNA matches can muddle criminal investigations

Using DNA collected from a crime scene, police can identify relatives of unidentified suspects through partial, or familial, matches. Legal ...
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Searching for genetic links to suicidal thoughts and behavior

New genetic research could help identify those most at risk of suicide ...
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Why we lose when Hollywood distorts CRISPR gene editing in the name of entertainment

Adding misinformation to a climate of fear and distrust plants more seeds of suspicion in the public mind ...
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‘The broken promise of anonymity’? Bioethicist’s call to guard identity of sperm and egg donors is misguided

Dr. Pennings’ opinion fails to capture the complexity of donation ...
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Psychopaths are among us—and why that isn’t necessarily a bad thing

Can psychopathic people perform certain roles better than non-psychopaths? ...
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Purebred? How humans invented the modern concept of ‘dog breeds’

Modern purebred dog breeds were created in Victorian Britain ...