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Argentinian villagers carry arsenic antidote in their genes

At high doses, arsenic causes vomiting, convulsions and eventually coma. At low, chronic exposure, the metal causes skin lesions, liver ...

Forty years of food technology brought famine-riddled countries back from brink

In the mid-1970s, the outlook for food supplies around the world was grim. There were talks of "food triage" — food-rich ...
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Is the antibiotics miracle about to end–And to what end?

Predictions that we might sacrifice the antibiotic miracle have been around almost as long as the drugs themselves. Penicillin was ...

Genes play larger role in autism than previously thought

Autism is caused by genetic make-up in 74-98 percent of cases, a Medical Research Council study of 516 twins indicates. The King's ...
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Vaginome: What’s hiding in the private’s microbial garden?

Microbes reside in virtually every human bodily system, a mix of about 10,000 different species of bacteria, fungi, and archaea ...

Do humans really carry pheromones?

The idea of human pheromones is intuitively appealing, conjuring up the idea of secret signals that make us irresistible to ...

You probably inherited more traits from Dad than Mom

We humans get one copy of each gene from mom and one from dad (ignoring those pesky sex chromosomes) – ...

Natural aptitude for math emerges early in life

Scientists have found that we may actually be born with a deep instinct for numbers. And a new study suggests ...

Does sperm from teenage fathers carry more mutations?

You may have come across the story. 'Teenagers more likely to pass on genetic mutations to children,' reported The Independent ...
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Vitamin and mineral supplements: Miracle potions, silent dangers or both?

The multi-billion dollar vitamin and supplement industries are largely unregulated, in part because of the endorsement of one of the ...
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Only Organic, Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg promote “hate speech” against American farming?

A consortium of organic companies under the banner of Only Organic and led by the founder of Stonyfield Farm hired ...

Does child abuse have physical consequences in adulthood?

In the 1980s, Dr. Vincent Felitti, now director of the California Institute of Preventive Medicine in San Diego, discovered something ...

Proposed New York bill misguided attack on GMOs, vaccines

In a bizarre juxtaposition of irrational fears, a New York State legislator has introduced a bill to ban GMOs in ...

Parkinson’s disease: Nature, nurture or bad luck?

Scientists have long known that genes alone cannot explain why some people get Parkinson’s and others don’t. While a handful ...

Alligators to the rescue against antibiotic resistance

Among all the animals captivating our collective attention, one of the most prevalent has been the alligator. Historical records reveal ...

Microbes, more than diet, responsible for one type of malnutrition

Malnutrition seems like an intuitive problem: you don’t eat enough food, so your health suffers. But it’s not that simple ...

False positive screenings pose dire challenges for parents

One spring day in 2013, Dr. Jayme Sloan had bad news for Stacie Chapman, who was nearly three months pregnant ...

Blood based cancer test shows promise in mouse studies, detecting early stage tumors

Scientists are working to create a pill that would allow doctors to diagnose cancer with a simple blood test. The ...

Nevada lawmaker calls cancer a ‘fungus’, says it can be cured by water and baking soda

Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore said recently that she will propose a "Right to Try" bill in her state. But it's ...

How the AIDS epidemic came to be

The common narrative holds that the spread of HIV and AIDS among humans can be traced back to one flight ...

Plant breeding blamed for gluten problems but evidence isn’t there

Wheat—and the main protein it contains, gluten—has been cited as a cause of weight gain, “brain fog,” skin rashes, joint ...

Common additives in processed foods could cause inflammatory diseases

The ingredients that lend a smooth, stable consistency to ice cream, chocolate bars, and other packaged snacks may promote certain ...

Health officials worried about another superbug infection on the rise

A potentially life-threatening gastrointestinal infection is more common than previously estimated, federal health officials reported Wednesday. The infection, caused by ...

Why we crave sugar and why it’s so hard to stay away from it

In neuroscience, food is something we call a “natural reward.” In order for us to survive as a species, things ...

Wrong kind of gut microbes could cause malnutrition

Malnutrition seems like an intuitive problem: you don’t eat enough food, so your health suffers. But it’s not that simple ...

Feeding toddlers peanuts may prevent peanut allergies

It may sound radical, but it works: Eating peanuts slashes the chance of a peanut allergy, at least in children ...
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Lesson from Ebola: Tobacco plant key to developing GMO drugs of the future

While any tobacco is harmful if smoked, there's a kind of tobacco that's being put to positive use—namely, the use ...
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Can GM technology promote sustainable salmon farming?

Can biotechnology overcome the stigma manufactured by activists to provide solutions for a sustainable seafood movement? Is the sustainability movement ...