Can we reverse aging in dogs through gene therapy? If so, humans could be next.

Can we reverse aging in dogs through gene therapy? If so, humans could be next.

The world’s most influential synthetic biologist is behind a new company that plans to rejuvenate dogs using gene therapy. If ...
Viewpoint: Doctors need better training if DNA sequencing becomes standard care

Viewpoint: Doctors need better training if DNA sequencing becomes standard care

[Recently] the CEO of Pennsylvania health care provider Geisinger announced that its doctors will now offer patients DNA sequencing “as part of ...
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Sex in space? An awkward talk we will need to have

As the prospect of Mars colonization grows on the public radar screen, sex talk is not as much taboo that ...
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Night shift workers are at greater risk for obesity, diabetes, cancer—but why?

Researchers have been studying night workers for years, trying to better understand what happens to our circadian rhythms and our ...
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Does ‘brain stress’ play a key role in our obesity epidemic?

Keeping off weight is harder than it seems, but it could be due to how our brains are wired ...
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Mind or matter? How consciousness in the universe could be ‘eternal’

Which is more fundamental, mind or matter? You would think, in our ultra-materialistic era, that debate would be settled. But ...
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Does an extra glass of wine take 30 minutes off your life? That’s ‘outlandish’

A few weeks ago, the media ran wild with an outlandish claim that an extra glass of wine will take ...
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Does birth control affect who women are attracted to?

A commonly touted theory about how women’s attraction to men works might be all wrong, suggests a new paper published this week ...
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Delving into our dreams—and why they evolve as we age

Although radically different in terms of their content and feel, the range of dream states are just as complex as ...
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‘One shot’ treatment for hemophilia B uses CRISPR and stem cells

Scientists at the Salk Institute have combined CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing with stem cell technology to generate a one-time, autologous cell therapy for the genetic ...
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The ‘Big O’: How and why evolution brought us the female orgasm

Female orgasms aren’t necessary for reproduction. A comparative evolution study suggests they once might have been ...
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Reproductive warfare: Do infertile ‘kamikaze sperm’ thwart rival males?

In the 1990s, biologist Robin Baker put forth the idea that a significant proportion of human sperm are not actually capable of ...
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What dog lovers get right and wrong about canine genetics

Dog lovers talk a big game when it comes to genetics. Who hasn’t heard someone claim to know which breeds ...
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Antidepressant matchmaker? Genetic test could help identify correct drugs faster

Depression is a complicated condition, and so are the people it affects. It’s often difficult — and can take months ...
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Did math build a barrier between scientists and God?

In a new book called The Great Rift: Literacy, Numeracy, and the Religion-Science Divide, Michael E. Hobart offers a new twist on ...
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Quest to figure out why our hair turns gray yields new answer

Scientists think they’ve stumbled upon a newly discovered mechanism that could explain why some people’s hair turns gray and others ...
Tracing the ancient roots of antibiotic resistance could help us today

Tracing the ancient roots of antibiotic resistance could help us today

Most of our antibiotics have come from microbes that live in the soil. These organisms naturally make antibiotics for their ...
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Can ‘G-spotplasty’ surgery boost sexual satisfaction in women?

Three women have received a surgery intended to improve G-spot sensitivity and increase sexual satisfaction. The procedure tightens tissue in ...
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Why we find ourselves at the limits of human lifespan

The 20th century was a period of unprecedented biological growth for our species. The average human lifespan increased from 31 years in ...
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Golf legend Jack Nicklaus tries experimental stem cell therapy for ‘debilitating’ back pain

For much of his professional golf career [Jack] Nicklaus has had aggravating back pain that he describes as an eight ...
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44 genetic variants linked to depression — and we may all carry some of them

Depression is a tricky beast. Symptoms vary widely from person to person, as does the response to treatment. But there’s no ...
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Earth’s weirdest and most exotic creatures: Research bonanza for genetics and science

From the axolotl’s regenerating limbs to naked mole rat cancer resistance, new sequencing is uncovering new possibilities ...
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‘Anti-vaxxers’ are starting to focus on pets—even though they can’t get autism

Dogs cannot get ‘autism’, the British Veterinary Association has warned, after the ‘anti-vaccine’ movement spread to pets. 'Anti-vaxxers' believe that ...
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The ambitious effort to sequence the DNA of earth’s 1.5 million animals, plants and fungi

In what will undoubtedly be the largest genomic sequencing effort of all time, an international consortium of researchers is organizing ...
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Kevin MacDonald responds to criticism of his theory of Jewish ethnocentrism and influence

Nathan Cofnas’s GLP article summarizes some of his points from his previous two comments on my work, and, although he ...
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Talking Biotech: Can biofortified GMO soybeans help tackle vitamin A deficiency?

Plant scientist Monica Schmidt: By modifying only one gene, a new variety of soybeans has higher levels of beta-carotene than ...
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Boosting production of key malaria drug with genetically engineered plant

Scientists have modified a plant's genetic sequence to make it produce high levels of a key malaria drug, potentially helping ...
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New testosterone limits could force female runner Caster Semenya to race against men

Running phenomenon Caster Semenya of South Africa and some other top females runners will likely have to reduce their body’s natural ...