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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 ...
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Could modern influenza outbreaks escalate into devastating pandemics like the 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’?

It is unlikely that we will ever experience anything like the 1918 outbreak, but researchers say we could see outbreaks ...
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Hope for peanut allergy sufferers: Gene-silenced hypoallergenic nuts could save lives

Moving to the United States helped [Hortense Dodo, a food scientist and entrepreneur from Ivory Coast] reach her academic goals, but ...
1-24-2018 woman-sniffing-armpit

Hot stuff: Do human pheromones really exist?

Some companies, such as the Athena Institute, which, according to its founder, Winnifred Cutler, published its 108th consecutive ad in The Atlantic this month, ...
1-22-2018 uskalla_olla_yksin

Sunshine and green spaces could be prescription for teen depression

Exposure to trees and other greenery has been shown to stave off depression in adults, and a new study finds ...
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What do zombie movies tell us about our changing attitudes towards science?

There is no better barometer of the values and fears of our society than the monsters our culture creates... What ...
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Ancient poison used for arrows could lead to male birth control pills

According to scientists, a poison arrow in the quiver may let loose a very sticky nether-region massacre. The poison in ...
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‘An awful lot of spit’: Consumer DNA test market booms as consumers ‘take control of their health’

When AncestryDNA sold some 1.5 million of its genetic testing kits over Black Friday weekend, it seemed like clear evidence that after ...
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Why news of cloned monkeys doesn’t mean humans are next

Researchers in China reported on [January 24] that they have created two cloned monkeys, the first time that primates have ...
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‘Personal omics’: Weight changes affect what’s happening in our gut, disease susceptibility

Gaining and losing weight causes extensive changes in the gut microbiota and in biomarkers related to inflammation and heart disease, ...
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Human muscles from stem cells: Advance could aid research into muscular dystrophy, other diseases

Muscle created with stem cells is not quite as strong as the researchers would like. But they think these new ...
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Broken barrier: Monkeys are first primates to be cloned

There have been mice and cows and pigs and camels, bunnies and bantengs and ferrets and dogs, but ever since ...
1-21-2018 mg22730354.000-1_800

8 common cancers could be detected early with $500 blood test

A simple-to-take test that tells if you have a tumor lurking, and even where it is in your body, is ...
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Solving a riddle: ‘Dark matter’ DNA shown to influence brain development

A puzzle posed by segments of 'dark matter' in genomes — long, winding strands of DNA with no obvious functions ...