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Looking back at 2017’s genetics breakthroughs

It was a big year for the building blocks of life. Here were the most significant breakthroughs in genetics research ...
How CRISPR gene editing is revolutionizing the world–and why we need to cautious about it

How CRISPR gene editing is revolutionizing the world–and why we need to cautious about it

Until recently, gene editing used to be relegated to science fiction novels and movies. The idea of being able to ...
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Gender differences: Do females recover more slowly from concussions than males?

A recent study of middle- and high school athletes found that the female athletes took twice as long to be symptom-free ...
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How ‘minor insults to the brain’ could fuel Alzheimer’s

When it comes to the perpetrator of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the finger of blame has long pointed to hard deposits ...
How tricking mosquitos into thinking they’ve already mated could fight disease

How tricking mosquitos into thinking they’ve already mated could fight disease

If you thought the sex lives of humans were complicated, consider the case of the female Aedes aegypti mosquito, bringer of Zika, ...
FDA approves first gene therapy for a genetic disease—onetime cure for rare blindness

FDA approves first gene therapy for a genetic disease—onetime cure for rare blindness

The first gene therapy to restore sight to individuals who suffer from a rare inherited genetic blindness was approved by ...
EPA reaffirms global scientific consensus that glyphosate herbicide does not cause cancer

EPA reaffirms global scientific consensus that glyphosate herbicide does not cause cancer

The federal Environmental Protection Agency on Monday [Dec. 19] said glyphosate, the primary ingredient in the weed killer Roundup and ...
Italian family's inability to feel pain spurs research on relief for chronic sufferers

Italian family’s inability to feel pain spurs research on relief for chronic sufferers

The six members of the family barely notice broken bones or severe burns. Researchers have identified the mutation behind their ...
12-15-2017 Will-Power

Self control a limited resource? Ego depletion theory gets a boost

For years, “ego depletion” has been a dominant theory in the study of self control. This is the intuitive idea ...
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Why are children picky eaters? Genetics may play key role

Children who are picky eaters may have their genetics to blame, a study claims. Researchers from the University of Illinois in ...
Why we stutter

Why we stutter

While the average American might not come across it on a daily basis, stuttering is a relatively common condition. So when ...
Obesity epidemic: Could gene therapy be an answer?

Obesity epidemic: Could gene therapy be an answer?

Scientists are working with treatments that have shown success in amping up the metabolism of mice, helping them lose weight ...
Tackling Alzheimer’s by boosting mitochondrial health

Tackling Alzheimer’s by boosting mitochondrial health

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and neurodegeneration worldwide. A major hallmark of the disease is the ...
Diabetes and anorexia might be treatable by inhibiting ‘hunger hormone’, mice study suggests

Diabetes and anorexia might be treatable by inhibiting ‘hunger hormone’, mice study suggests

Scientists once had high hopes that inhibiting a hormone named ghrelin would be the key to preventing obesity. Ghrelin didn’t ...
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Cancer treatment without chemotherapy? CAR T-cells could become the new standard

Although rare, it is not unheard-of for new treatments to achieve substantial early successes in one or two patients only ...
Agro-defense: Experts worry US could be caught off-guard by a biological attack on agriculture

Agro-defense: Experts worry US could be caught off-guard by a biological attack on agriculture

The U.S. is woefully unprepared to cope with outbreaks of emerging livestock or crop pathogens and pests, whether those outbreaks ...
Birth defects in Brazil linked to Zika, not insecticides or vaccines

Birth defects in Brazil linked to Zika, not insecticides or vaccines

In the fall and early winter of 2015, a startling number of infants in northeastern Brazil were born with abnormally small ...
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Treating spinal cord injuries by genetically modifying cells that help us smell

Researchers from the University of Bristol have just shared the promising results of a new treatment for spinal cord injuries that could ...
2017: The year gene therapy became a 'clinical reality'

2017: The year gene therapy became a ‘clinical reality’

This year, gene therapy finally became a clinical reality. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two personalized treatments that ...
12-12-2017 supermalaria

‘Supermalaria’ may be heading to Africa, as global health threat grows

[Editor's note: Janet Midega is a scientist at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Program in Kilifi, Kenya and a research associate at ...
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How your brain steps on the brake after starting a task

To stop an activity, your brain must engage in very precise timing that involves the careful coordination of three distinct ...
Could GMO Golden Rice be teamed with vitamin A supplements to tackle global childhood blindness?

Could GMO Golden Rice be teamed with vitamin A supplements to tackle global childhood blindness?

I want more than just having Golden Rice — I want it to be widely available to people who eat ...
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CRISPR 2.0: Targeting incurable diseases by ‘turning up volume’ on good genes

Incurable diseases such as diabetes and muscular dystrophy could be treated in future using a new form of genetic engineering ...
Canola oil causes Alzheimer's? How the media mis-covers science, feeds NGO misinformation and scares the public

Canola oil causes Alzheimer’s? How the media mis-covers science, feeds NGO misinformation and scares the public

Sensationalist press coverage fueled by a poorly written university press release misled the public about a recent study on mice—a ...
Society of Toxicology: Science has 'overwhelmingly demonstrated' GMO crop safety

Society of Toxicology: Science has ‘overwhelmingly demonstrated’ GMO crop safety

[Editor's note: The following is part of a Society of Toxicology (SOT) issue statement approved the SOT Council November 2017.] ...
autism 12-10-2017

Autism linked to electrical firing of neurons, neuron-controlled brain size

Researchers at UC San Francisco have developed a new genetic model of autism, using neurons created in the lab from ...
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Never too old: Video games could insulate the eldery against Alzheimer’s

If you’re between 55 and 75 years old, you may want to try playing 3D platform games like Super Mario ...
New ‘curvature blindness’ optical illusion illustrates how the brain interprets images

New ‘curvature blindness’ optical illusion illustrates how the brain interprets images

A new optical illusion has been discovered, and it’s really quite striking. The strange effect is called the ‘curvature blindness’ ...