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Why do we need sleep?

If you’re lucky, you’ll spend a third of your life asleep. “That’s pretty incredible if you think about it, because when we’re ...

Why do so many Americans fear Ebola, but reject vaccines?

Sitting and talking about the 10,000 people so-far killed by Ebola hemorrhagic fever in West Africa, it's easy to feel ...

US ‘Wild West’ of fertility industry

The Utah Legislature has taken a step into territory where state lawmakers rarely tread. It passed a law giving children conceived ...

Genetics of why listening to music feels so good

That song you can't get out of your head might be doing something more than prompting you to hum the ...
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GMO-Luddite debate: Are anti-technology “progressives” promoting poverty or preserving traditions?

Of the top emerging technologies predicted to flourish in 2015, two have an immediate impact on GMOs and the genetics ...
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GMO wine? Scientists developing hangover free nutritionally-enhanced vino

Imagine wine, only better for you and without the hangover the next day. Researchers from the University of Illinois are ...

Gene-based tools dramatically improving food safety

Today, the risk is stark: Forty-eight million Americans—one out of every six people—suffer from a foodborne illness every year, according ...

Aspirin may protect some against colorectal cancer

The link between taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDS, and colorectal cancer prevention is well established, but the mechanisms ...

Is free will an illusion? Genes may determine more than you think

Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most ...
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DNA testing fetus leads moms to their own cancer diagnoses

Moms undergoing genetic testing for fetal health sometimes learn they have cancer. Advances in fetal DNA testing are paving the ...
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Death of British journalist after eating organic peanuts highlights absurdity of GMO safety scare

The tragic death of a British journalist in Uganda who died of a toxic reaction to an organic groundnut underscores ...

Anti-organics researcher foodies love: Brian Wansink explains how to ‘trick’ ourselves into eating healthier

Brian Wansink, a Cornell food psychologist runs Cornell's Food and Brand Lab, devoted to studying how our physical surroundings—everything from supermarket ...
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Breast-feeding may boost intelligence, lifetime success

Babies who are breast-fed may be more likely to be successful in life, a provocative study suggests. The study followed ...

Do out-of-pocket genetic tests work against health care system?

Health insurance companies usually cover certain genetic testing as part of treatment (though they often pay little, if anything, for ...

Protein illuminates gene expression, may explain how tumors form

Scientists at York University in Toronto report that they discovered how living beings can keep gene expression in check. They ...

Head trauma linked to severe neurological problems for professional football players

The types of brain damage that can occur as a result of being a professional football player have received increased ...

Autism, schizophrenia may have similar origins in brain

A new understanding of the brain's cerebellum could lead to new treatments for people with problems caused by some strokes, ...

Gold particles provide luminous peek into brain

Light can be used to activate normal, non-genetically modified neurons through the use of targeted gold nanoparticles, report scientists from ...
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Ethical ‘decision day’: How should we regulate ‘gene editing’ of humans?

Should we tinker with the genes of our descendants? It's been a futuristic ethical debate for half a century. Now ...
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Unlocking healing powers of the ‘neuroplastic’ brain: Norman Doidge on why ancient faith healers may have been right

Organizational anthropologist and new GLP contributing writer addresses the 'mysteries of the mind'--how the natural plasticity of the brain can ...

Microbes, like genes, pass from one generation to next

The mountains of genomic-sequencing data generated by the National Institutes of Health's Human Microbiome Project and recent studies provide strong ...

How do we weigh benefits and risks of human gene editing?

Replacing faulty genes in early human embryos and germ cells is within our grasp. Such changes affect DNA in the ...
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It’s 2015: Do you know where your genetic data are?

Are pharmaceutical or insurance companies looking at your DNA? Even when genomes do not identify individuals to which they belong, ...
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Why human pheromone myth persists despite lack of scientific evidence

Every year around Valentine's Day, there is a rash of stories in the news about sexy smells and pheromones. You ...

For some pregnant women, prenatal genetic test results in cancer diagnosis

MaterniT21 PLUS was the first noninvasive prenatal test (NIPT) to hit the market, in October 2011, and Sequenom has sold ...
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New packaging for old idea: Can a sense of purpose improve cardiac health?

Media are quick to promote sketchy studies suggesting that a "sense of purpose" is linked to good health. But feeling ...

23andMe to employ wealth of genetic data in research for cures

Personal genetics firm 23andMe is planning to use its database of health information to research possible cures for a range ...

Will genetically modifying embryos create real life dystopia?

Citing safety fears for babies, genetics researchers called for a halt to experiments that would alter the DNA of human ...