1-21-2018 bigthink-celiac-on-the-rise1

Viewpoint: Self-diagnosed celiac disease is just the latest diet obsession of wealthy white people

There are people who are allergic to gluten. But the recent surge in self-diagnosed Celiac sufferers is little more than ...
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Autism shares gene expression pathways with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Gene expression patterns in the brains of people with autism are similar to those of people who have schizophrenia or ...
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Female infertility linked to missing egg protein

UC San Diego researchers say they appear to have discovered a previously unknown cause of female infertility. Their study, performed in mice, ...
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Our brain is in constant motion—but what makes it tick?

What makes the brain tick? What keeps the constant stream of energy welling up within ourselves when we are alert ...
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The quest for youth, and what our genes have to say about it

Why do some people seem to age faster than others? The answer may lie in our epigenetics ...
Why the ‘Hong Kong’ flu is wreaking so much havoc

Why the ‘Hong Kong’ flu is wreaking so much havoc

In 1968, scientists discovered a new strain of flu circulating around Hong Kong. The virus, though, didn't stay put. It ...
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Do cell phones cause cancer? Long-awaited study offers mixed results, no definitive answer

The long-awaited results of a $25 million National Institutes of Health study on the effects of cellphone radio-frequency radiation exposure on animals is ...
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Boys’ and girls’ brains are different as early as 1 month of age

On average, men and women differ psychologically in small but reliable ways, such as in personality, interests, and cognitive performance, but the basis ...
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The regenerating axolotl: What can we learn from its giant genome?

Scientists have decoded the genome of the axolotl, the Mexican amphibian with a Mona Lisa smile. It has 32 billion ...
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Chasing the ‘Fountain of Youth’ through stem cells

Editor's note: The following is part of a Q&A interview with Vittorio Sebastiano, a research professor of reproductive biology at ...
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Forecasting the flu is a challenge. Here’s why

[F]or the third week in a row, flu activity remains widespread in 49 states, according to the latest CDC data ...
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‘Cancer vaccine’ shows promise in mice; human trial next

A combination of a tiny segment of DNA and a specific antibody injected into a solid tumour has been shown ...
1-29-2018 are-mice-blind-feature

Autism researchers focus on ‘retired’ line of mice with missing gene

Nearly 20 years ago, a new strain of mice debuted in a California laboratory. The mice were missing a gene ...
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Incurable arthritic knees? Gene therapy offers new hope

Imagine a single injection into the knee vanquishing painful arthritis — forever. Gene therapies aimed at two molecular targets could ...
1-31-2018 muscular-dystrophy

CRISPR shows promise in treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Scientists have successfully tweaked the DNA in human heart cells to correct mutations that cause a deadly disease. If the ...
Why autistic children are less likely to engage socially

Why autistic children are less likely to engage socially

[C]linicians and scientists have proposed a variety of theories to explain why kids with ASD tend to be less socially ...
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What might the next flu pandemic look like?

If humanity is lucky, the next flu virus with pandemic potential will unfold somewhere quick to catch and contain the threat—a ...
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In vitro fertilization planning: How many eggs do you need to freeze?

[W]hen you freeze a batch of eggs, that's no guarantee any or all of them will make it through the ...
1-30-2018 atheistnoprob

Are atheists smarter than religious people?

Of course, there are examples of extremely intelligent individuals with strong religious convictions. But various studies have found that, on ...
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Replacement ears for children grown from their own cells in Chinese lab

Chinese scientists say they’ve accomplished something that’s long been a goal in the world of regenerative medicine—giving someone a new, ...
1-29-2018 Lupus

This may explain why women are more likely to develop lupus

Every year, 16,000 cases of lupus are reported in the United States — 9 out of 10 of them in women. Scientists ...
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How heritable is autism? Twins research suggests we may be vastly underestimating it

An analysis of DNA variants suggests the heritability of childhood behavior problems, including autism traits, is about 6 percent, researchers ...
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‘Brain banks’: Why these scientists want your brain

Researchers are striving to build collections of brains free of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia. A stronger base of ...
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New Zealand anti-GMO group challenges recommended approval of Golden Rice to fight vitamin-A deficiency in Asia

Campaign group GE Free NZ wants regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to review its draft approval for Golden ...
Search and destroy: CAR-T cell therapy could give patients HIV immunity

Search and destroy: CAR-T cell therapy could give patients HIV immunity

A UCLA-led research team has created blood-forming stem cells that can carry a gene that allows the body to produce cells ...
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NBC News’ Richard Engel’s son diagnosed with Rett syndrome. Why that’s such a rarity

The Today Show recently reported the sad story of Henry Engel—the toddler son of correspondent Richard Engel and his wife Mary Forrest who ...
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Human Cell Atlas: The quest to build biology’s periodic table

Realizing the need and potential for an atlas of all human cells, two scientists, Aviv Regev and Sarah Teichmann, have ...
Genetic 'switch' could slow spread of cancer in patients with high-fat diets

Genetic ‘switch’ could slow spread of cancer in patients with high-fat diets

In a set of papers published in the journals Nature Genetics and Nature Communications, researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Cancer Center at ...