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GMO wheat could put bread and pasta back on the menu for people with celiac disease

A new wheat could help celiac patients return to a gluten-rich diet without fear of health repercussions ...
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There’s little evidence showing diet soda is harmful—so why do experts recommend we avoid it?

Low-calorie sweeteners represent just about everything that’s wrong with our diet. They’re mostly synthetic. They play to the human preference ...
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Why scientists are hesitant to declare a species extinct

If so many species are going extinct, why don’t we hear about new extinctions every day?  The answer to that ...
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3 ‘biomarkers’ linked to male sexual orientation in study

The search for the “gay gene” is rooted in a fraught question: Does homosexuality have a biological basis? The reasons ...
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Podcast: Glyphosate-tainted breakfast? Plant geneticist Kevin Folta debunks fear-based CBS Roundup report

Does the network get it right? Not even close, says Folta ...
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No ‘meaningful difference’ between GMO golden rice and conventional counterpart, except for boosted beta-carotene levels, study confirms

Compositional analyses were performed on samples of rice grain, straw, and derived bran obtained from golden rice event GR2E and ...
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Viewpoint: Wellness industry obsession with ‘thin’ preserves ‘vicious fallacy’ and hurts women’s health

[Wellness is] a dangerous con that seduces smart women with pseudoscientific claims of increasing energy, reducing inflammation, lowering the risk ...
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Tired of being a night owl? You may be able to trick your body into changing its ways

If you envy people who wake up with the Sun, but you can’t seem to get to bed until well ...
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Monkeys given gene-edited pig organs in quest to address human transplant shortage

In 2017, Harvard University geneticist George Church predicted that gene-edited pig organs would be transplanted into people within two years—maybe ...
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Do these ‘natural’ birth control methods work? Don’t count on it.

I asked some real experts—Robin Watkins, a women’s-health nurse practitioner and director of health care at Power to Decide, and ...
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GMO corn doesn’t harm gut microbiome of rats, study team associated with anti-biotech geneticist Gilles-Eric Séralini finds

Safety concerns arising from the consumption of foods derived from genetically modified (GM) crops remains a controversial subject. We report ...
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Why popular image of autism as a male-dominated condition could hurt females

A commonly cited statistic is that boys have about a 1 in 52 chance of being placed on the autism ...
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Nature’s Viagra? Seahorse’s future threatened by Chinese sex drug obsession

In Chinese medicine, seahorses are believed to have Viagra-like powers. Hong Kong is the world's largest trading hub for the ...
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Mutations have turned our bodies into a mosaic of cellular variations

Your body has about 40 trillion cells, and they all arose from a single fertilized egg. But it turns out ...
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Making eggs and sperm from stem cells would create ‘ethical, social and legal conundrums’

Until recently, the only way to make eggs or sperm was the old-fashioned way: in the ovaries and testes. In ...
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‘Found in Translation’: Computer models could help us understand which mice studies matter for human medicine

Machine learning technology could help researchers determine what mouse data are useful when designing human clinical trials ...
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‘Evolution in action’: How ancient humans developed a mutation to protect against diabetes

An ancient mutation that spread through humans after the advent of cooking may protect people against high blood sugar and ...
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Does our gut bacteria alter the effectiveness of drug treatments?

Prescribing the best medication may require going with a patient’s gut — or at least, the bacteria that live there ...
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Electronic paternity tests and other bad ideas before the dawn of the DNA era

In the first decades of the 20th century, scientists around the world proposed a fantastic array of new methods to ...
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Viewpoint: Trump’s fetal-tissue research ban ‘ignores and defies the facts’

The Trump administration is halting fetal tissue research by government scientists and placing new restrictions on how the National Institutes ...
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Sperm counts are falling. Here are 5 ways to boost male fertility

The concentration of sperm in semen, also known as sperm count, has halved in the West since the 1970s. The ...
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Why GMOs aren’t responsible for a spike in food allergies

What's behind the rise in food allergies? There are a lot of possible answers to this, but it's probably not ...
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Can processed food boost global nutrition, despite its unhealthy reputation?

There’s a lot of debate about the safety and value of food that’s been processed .... UMass Amherst food scientist ...
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Boutique startups give fertility treatments a ‘luxury’ makeover

[There’s a] growing world of boutique egg-freezing operations Instagrammable enough for their majority-millennial clientele. Take Trellis, a “women’s fertility studio,” ...
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Exploring the ‘solid rationale’ for separating elite male and female athletes in competition

When it comes to athletic competition, there is a stark difference between male and female performance ...
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Glyphosate-tainted tampons threaten public health? 4 pesticide safety agencies say no

Just like other feminine hygiene products, tampons consist mainly of cotton. As cotton is treated with plant protection products, pesticide ...
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Olympian Caster Semenya cleared to compete as a woman without taking testosterone-reducing drugs

Runner Caster Semenya will be allowed to compete without having to take testosterone-reducing medication after a Swiss court ordered the ...