Neuroscientist Oliver Sacks’s reflects after receiving terminal cancer diagnosis

A month ago, I felt that I was in good health, even robust health. At 81, I still swim a ...

Good night’s sleep keeps blood cells young and healthy

Under normal conditions, many of the different types of tissue-specific adult stem cells, including hematopoietic stem cells, exist in a ...

Stillbirth significantly raises risk of depression in women

Women who deliver a stillbirth—but who have no history of depression—may be at a higher risk for long-lasting depression, conclude ...

Got munchies? Why marijuana makes you ravenous

Shortly after toking up, a lot of marijuana users find that there's one burning question on their minds: "Why am ...

Fox News embarrasses itself as urologist, medical professor opine (wrongly) about GMOs

If you think you’re getting accurate science from Fox News’ Sunday Housecall, you may want to think again. A segment they ...

What makes genes tick?

The expectation is that by uncovering the switches and genes they control, scientists can add depth to genetic findings like ...
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Unraveling mystery of obsessive-compulsive disorder: A personal journey

This daily ordeal, among other irrational behaviors I suffered, was physically and emotionally exhausting, yet it wouldn't subside until I ...

Self-destructing genes reveal novel approach to therapy

Bioengineers at The University of Texas at Dallas have created a novel gene-delivery system that shuttles a gene into a ...

Your genes: Part dad, part mom and a dollop of mother’s bacteria

A good mom always knows to pack a little something extra — even when it comes to genetic material. According ...

Does it contain GMOs or protect rainforests? App scans food, provides label alternative

A new smartphone app may help concerned consumers bring social and environmental justice to the grocery store by supplying information ...

What did the real paleo diet look like?

Reconstructions of human evolution are prone to simple, overly-tidy scenarios. Our ancestors, for example, stood on two legs to look ...

NYC subways a germafobes worst nightmare? Study authors denouce ‘fear-based’ reporting

Recently, our paper published in Cell Systems surveyed DNA of the entire NYC subway system.  Specifically, we had fragments of DNA that matched a myriad of ...
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Sexy spiders: Venom may be new Viagra

Humans have been chasing longer and stronger erections for centuries. From ground-up ants and “Spanish flies” to modern drugs, men hope ...

Stem cells show promising results in treating malaria

Human stem cells engineered to produce renewable sources of mature, liver-like cells can be grown and infected with malaria to ...

Climate change will make infectious disease outbreaks more common

As the catastrophic Ebola outbreak showed the world recently, the modern age of global air travel has made it far ...
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Is Nature safer, healthier in medicine and food? Deadly take on controversial topic

It's called the "naturalist fallacy". Naturalist beliefs that seeds or foods developed in part by scientists, often working in laboratories, ...
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Mystery of obesity: Failed ‘rectal transplant’ raises questions about role of gut microbes

A recent fecal transplant case leading to serious weight gain has resulted in a rule against overweight fecal donors. Did ...
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Food Babe plays race, sexist shill cards from “Deck of Deflection”

Vani Hari's new book attacking chemicals and GMOs in food is a roaring sales success. But that hasn't stopped critics ...

Kit expands genetic screening options for Ashkenazi Jewish couples

When a Jewish couple is planning their wedding or anticipating starting a family, they probably aren’t thinking much about rare ...

20-year saga with brain disease highlights questions about precision medicine plan

Which chapter came first? Was it the genetic predilection for alcohol that created [Barbar's] lifestyle (pure chaos) and environment (streets, shelters, hotels)? ...
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Bob Simon’s final 60 Minutes: Grinding progress of ZMAPP Ebola GMO drug

The final story of Bob Simon's brilliant journalism career put him in the middle of a GMO controversy--the use of ...
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Confession of liberal, organic food consumer-scientist: ‘I support GMOs’

I love organic food. My “significant other” cooks and eats only organic and I love her food. My confession: I ...
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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ rewritten for horny biology nerds

Ricki Lewis, a genetic counselor and biology textbook author, has her own unique take on the salacious bestselling book and now ...

Cost of genetic research: Trading privacy for better medicine?

ARUN RATH, HOST: The current issue of Science Magazine is announcing the end of privacy. Each article focuses on a ...

For cancer, timing and order of mutations determine outcome

For the first time, researchers have proved that the order in which cancer genes mutate affects the type of malignancy ...
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How Food Babe mobilized an army against GMOs and chemicals

Over the past three years, Vani Hari has rapidly become one of the most popular voices on nutrition in mainstream ...

Trouble settling down? Sexual promiscuity may be hardwired in genes

Next time your significant other catches you in bed with someone else, try this defense: "Don't take it personally, babe ...

Screening for rare disorder saves couple from second childbirth nightmare

A Colorado couple has two healthy children thanks to sophisticated genetic screening. They were able to choose disease-free embryos over ...