Pesticides and food: It’s not a black and white issue

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Was human brain growth driven by ecological challenges?

Most animals have brains in proportion to their body size – species with larger bodies often have larger brains. But ...
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Reflex star: How our brain helps us track—and respond to—to balls, cars and other fast moving objects

New research may explain why some people—like sports stars—anticipate and react to fast-moving objects much quicker than others. When Serena ...
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Delving into our complicated relationship with carbohydrates

The idea of controlling carbohydrate consumption has been bouncing around the world of diets and medicine for nearly 100 years ...
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Video: Why gene editing could change the path of human evolution

Most people think the genetics revolution is primarily about healthcare. But what's really at play is the evolutionary trajectory of ...
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When is it time for a scientist to call out peers over questionable research?

Sooner or later, every researcher is likely to wonder: What’s the best way to address faulty or misleading information in ...
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Glioblastoma and John McCain: Why this brain cancer remains an ‘insidious enemy’

Sen. John McCain withstood beatings and torture as a prisoner of war, but he was confronted with an enemy in ...
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Gene silencing through RNA interference scores first drug approval

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first drug based on RNA interference (RNAi). Unlike media darlings gene therapy ...
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Using synthetic biology to help humans adapt to a life on Mars

Synthetic biology could solve many problems that Mars colonization brings up ...
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Seeking medicine from the plants of Uganda

Researchers have long looked to the plants of our world to solve many of the medical problems we face. But ...
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Why polio remains surprisingly hard to eradicate

Polio retains a foothold in Pakistan—and will likely continue to do so as long as basic health services are neglected ...
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Why the ‘distorted memories’ of people with dementia are so important

As those with dementia lose their sense of reality, it can be helpful to validate their stories as they tell ...
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Were there two routes into North America? Genetics meets archaeology

Popular accounts of the peopling of North America paint a picture of a lone long-ago trek across the Bering Land ...
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Does living around violence change a child’s brain?

One study suggests that young teens who witness violence exhibit differences in the structure and function of their brains in ...
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Delving into our 10 million-year relationship with booze

It was conventional wisdom that the human love affair with alcohol began 10,000 years ago, with the invention of agriculture ...
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Could the common cold be cured in the next decade?

Three new approaches could give us a true cure to the common cold ...
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Viewpoint: There’s danger in overselling the benefits of routine DNA sequencing

For decades the potential of stem cells to cure all disease was promised. Today’s reality is that the few worthy ...
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Celiac disease: What’s behind the surge in diagnoses?

A few years ago, the book “Wheat Belly” became a hit, as it pointed to new “scientifically engineered” strains of ...
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Can we learn about ourselves by studying chimpanzees? Not really.

Trying to go back to our animal roots sounds good in theory, but we can't truly find out what it ...
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Why autism looks so different in girls

Girls tend to be diagnosed with autism later in life than boys--often after being misdiagnosed with something else first. Why ...
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Selling your DNA in our ‘brave new world’

There are instances when people choose to sell their own blood. Sperm banks transact business based on a different bodily ...
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We talk to our dogs. Do they understand the words we use?

Dogs know what 'get the ball' means, but do they truly understand what we say? ...
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DNA testing to reunite separated families—what we learned from the grandmothers of Argentina

The idea to use DNA testing to reunite families separated at US borders due to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” ...
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What causes cancer? Challenge is distinguishing ‘between myth and reality’

Misleading information about what can and can't cause cancer is incredibly prevalent in our society ...
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Marrying your cousin? There may be evolutionary benefits

The taboo against cousin marriages may be overblown--and there may even be an evolutionary argument in support of it in ...
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We’re in the early stages of a genetic revolution. Should we be worried?

Many people have overestimated the effects of genetic era. The truth is that we still don't know what most of ...
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What can sexual pleasure teach us about behavioral learning?

Opiod receptors in our brain are triggered when we have sex. Researching this mechanism can tell us a lot about ...
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Can a genetic test predict risk of opioid addiction?

The opioid crisis is an ongoing tragedy, with fatal overdoses costing thousands of lives each year. Although opioids are an ...
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Viewpoint: Stop worrying about intelligent robots taking all the jobs

The coming artificial intelligence revoloution will inevitably change the way the European workforce operates. How should policymakers prepare? ...