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Is ‘natural’ better than ‘artificial’? Skincare products underscore why that view is wrongheaded

Synthetic and 'chemical-sounding' preservatives in cosmetics are safer than the alternatives that are marketed as 'natural' ...
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Pesticides endanger humans, animals, beneficial insects? Rethinking simplistic notions, understanding trade-offs in sustainability and health

As much as pesticides are a threat to certain ecosystems, they’re also responsible for providing the planet with food in ...
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Treating ‘suicidality’ as its own medical condition could spur research, better treatment options

There is no established method of identifying patients in immediate danger of attempting suicide. Some researchers are trying to change ...
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Golden Rice approval in Bangladesh hits temporary snag but approval in early 2020 and planting by 2021 on track

Golden Rice was developed almost two decades ago by biologists Prof Ingo Potrykus of the Institute of Plant Sciences in ...
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5 common myths about testosterone debunked

Many of the claims go well beyond or even directly against the scientific evidence about what scientists call “T.” Myth ...
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Viewpoint: Impossible and Beyond Burgers are delicious, but are they good for you?

The leading companies offering fake meat are mission-driven, with vegan roots. Any benefits to human health are icing on the ...
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Bangladesh GMO Golden Rice approval was expected in November, but regulatory hurdles remain

Soon. That has long been scientists' answer when asked about the approval of Golden Rice, a genetically modified (GM) crop ...
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How old is your dog in human years? This calculator promises more accurate estimate, using epigenetics

Our Scotch collie, Buckaroo, is just shy of 14 years old. Following the long-debunked but still popular idea that one ...
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Why lumping transgender teens into a single group in mental health studies is missing an opportunity to help them

The disparities are staggering: A growing body of research suggests that transgender teens experience suicidal thoughts and attempt to take ...
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Can we find the keys to drug abuse, opioid addiction in our genes?

We still have much to learn about genetics, addiction, and even the brain itself ...
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Children from extramarital affairs not as common as we think, study shows

That old joke about the milkman fathering many of a town’s children—it’s far from true, a new study reaffirms. Researchers ...
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Podcast: Epidemiologist Geoffrey Kabat explains how junk science gets published—and how to spot it in the headlines

Bad research can put people's lives at risk, so addressing problems with peer review is essential ...
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Foods fortified with nutrient-dense microparticles can help battle ‘hidden hunger,’ study shows

Staple foods and seasonings like flour and salt could be made more nutritious with a new technology that borrows from ...
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Clues for predicting premature birth risk may be found in mother’s immune system, microbiome

For decades, researchers and clinicians have sought ways to predict and prevent preterm birth with little progress to show for ...
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Privacy concerns: Mental health apps may be selling your data to third parties, including Google, Facebook

Apps spell big business in the healthcare industry: Dozens of apps are marketed to people with conditions including depression, anxiety ...
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Fear can keep you alive: Why we need ‘negative’ emotions

Are negative emotions all bad? Should we really try to get rid of them? After all, we figure that thumbs ...
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Viewpoint: DNA-tailored diets? Sorry, but the science isn’t there yet

Genetic testing services that tell you what to eat based on your DNA are everywhere. Will tailoring my diet to ...
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How the pursuit of better education, career opportunities may be creating regional genetic inequalities

Highlighting non-ancestral genetic differences could be an important step in alleviating the harmful results of social stratification ...
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Bangladesh could approve GMO Golden Rice in November 2019—after 10-year delay caused by regulation, activism

By [November 15], Bangladesh’s agriculture minister is expected to announce the approval of “golden rice" for sale and use, making ...
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Foodborne illnesses strike almost 48 million Americans annually. Do we need better food safety testing?

In the U.S. alone, there are an estimated 47.8 million illnesses, more than 127,000 hospitalizations and 3,000-plus deaths attributed to ...
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Podcast: CRISPR advances, HIV cures and a perfect predator for superbugs

Exploring the latest advances in medical biotechnology including CRISPR-based gene therapies, infection-fighting viruses and a cure for HIV. Plus reflections ...
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Viewpoint: Eating red meat won’t harm you or destroy the environment, and it has some nutritional advantages

We’ve all been steak-shamed before .... According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, red meat consumption has fallen more than ...
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Ectogenesis: How artificial placentas could aid premature babies, upend entrenched abortion views

Survival rates are likely to be improved for infants born prematurely, and those requiring invasive treatments -- including surgery, cell ...
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Podcast: Genetically engineered CAR-T cell therapies destroy cancer cells. Here’s how they work

Many millions of words have been written about GMO crops. As a result, most people know they can now buy ...
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When blood relatives hook up: Is ‘Genetic Sexual Attraction’ really a thing?

I hope that academic sex researchers will ramp up investigation of genetic sexual attraction ...
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Create a fetus without an egg or sperm? Researchers have done it with mice

Reproduction used to be a simple thing: two parents, one egg, one sperm, one embryo, one baby. But on [October ...
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CRISPR-edited wheat cuts immune response in ‘gluten-sensitive’ patients by 85%, new study shows

Approximately one person in 100 has celiac disease, which means for them eating gluten is risking diarrhea, vomiting, malnutrition, and ...
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Podcast: Should you eat ‘fake meat’? Geneticist Chana Davis breaks down the GMO Impossible Burger controversy

The Impossible Burger has exploded in popularity across the US, with grocery stores and popular fast-food chains like Burger King ...