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Do you feel targeted by mosquitoes? Here’s why you may be right

If you’ve ever been at an outdoor party or BBQ during the fading hours of daylight and don’t personally notice ...
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Infographic: How fecal transplants work against recurrent C. diff infections

Today’s data show that fecal transplants cure 80 percent to 90 percent of patients with recurrent C. diff infections—and doctors ...
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Podcast: Food snobbery vs the Impossible Burger: A skeptical look at health claims about plant-based meat

"Natural food" advocates have blasted Impossible and Beyond as unhealthy. Let's look at their arguments ...
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‘Please forgive me’: Founder of Hope for Wholeness conversion therapy group now says he is gay

The founder of one of the nation’s largest conversion therapy programs, who spent decades leading the organization, now says he ...
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No ‘gay gene’: Massive study finds no specific genetic predictors for sexual behavior, preferences

The once-prevailing concept of a “gay gene” dictating sexual orientation has been put to rest in a powerhouse study ...
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Podcast: Do it for the kids? Federal children’s health research grants fund anti-pesticide, organic food activism

How would taxpayers feel about funding organic food activism masquerading as children's health research? ...
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Don’t go vegan? Missing nutrients from meat could be bad for your brain

The momentum behind a move to plant-based and vegan diets for the good of the planet is commendable, but risks ...
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An argument for why no one should live past 75

[Physician Ezekiel] Emanuel vowed to refuse not only heroic medical interventions once he turned 75, but also antibiotics and vaccinations ...
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Personalized nutrition companies are more hype than help, scientists say

Vitamins and other dietary supplements are a $30 billion industry in the US. In addition to the bottles lining drugstore ...
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Consumer Reports vs Impossible Foods: Are plant-based GMO burgers safe?

Plant-based burgers have exploded in popularity over the last year, with dozens of fast food restaurants and grocery stores offering ...
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Podcast: Battling hangovers with GMO bacteria

Genetically engineered microbes commonly manufacture our vitamins and amino acid supplements, but can they be supplements themselves? Zbiotics has developed ...
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Viewpoint: Eat 1,500 strawberries in one sitting—and pesticides still won’t harm you

Can you identify which of the following is NOT true about pesticides? A: Pesticides are extremely dangerous to humans. B: ...
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Inside the transhumanist quest for ‘super-longevity’

Transhumanism is a patchwork of beliefs about how technology will enhance the human condition, maybe radically so. There are Extropians ...
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Viewpoint: False equivalency: When journalism’s quest for balance goes awry—science says climate change, vaccines have only one side

On matters of science, a well‐meaning desire to present all views equally can be a Trojan horse for damaging falsehoods ...
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How ‘alien genetics’ would change our understanding of life, biology and evolution

While we await our first contact with alien life, scientists investigate possible scenarios for extraterrestrial biology ...
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Can this new blood test can predict your death 5-10 years before it happens?

Though predicting an exact day is far from likely, an experimental blood test may be able to tell an individual’s ...
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If we classified aging as a disease, would it change the way we treat it?

What would change if we classified aging itself as the disease?  David Sinclair, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School, is ...
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Exercise creates a ‘unique microbiome’ in our guts. We don’t know why.

Teaming up with microbiologists and toxicologists from Rutgers and a pathologist from Oklahoma City, [researcher Sara] Campbell designed an experiment ...
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We’re inching closer to a new vaccine for Lyme disease. But will the public accept it?

As the threat of Lyme disease grows and fears surrounding it spread faster than the ticks that carry the infection, ...
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Game of chance: What role does pure ‘bad luck’ play in developing cancer?

Two-thirds of the gene mutations that cause cancer are due to random chance, according to a new study. But environmental ...
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A question of free will: How much of our behavior is determined by our genes?

Are our fates determined by the stars or by our actions? An age-old debate made no less contentious by reducing ...
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Dr. Harriet Hall: National Geographic natural foods book ‘unscientific, and even dangerous’

The National Geographic store proclaims, “This authoritative guide to the foods, herbs, spices, essential oils, and other natural substances that ...
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Making a new generation of beauty products from viruses and bacteria

As scientists uncover more details about the skin microbiome, small startups and beauty giants alike are exploring how the trillions ...
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Viewpoint: Produce is sugary, GMO ‘poison’? Scientific American embraces long-debunked food safety tropes

The lies and distortions start early in this appalling Scientific American article -- and they keep going to the end ...
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Are we reaching the limits of human life expectancy?

With life expectancies steadily rising in most countries, high quality care is essential for aging populations ...
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Scientists at Kenya’s biosafety conference debunk GMO-cancer link blocking Africa’s biotech progress

Despite widespread reports that genetically modified foods (GMOs), cause cancer, no evidence exists to prove this, scientists and researchers have ...
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‘Proudly GMO’ probiotic takes aim at hangovers. Can it ease consumer fear of biotechnology?

On [August 17], a San Francisco-based start-up called ZBiotics celebrated the launch of its first product in a fitting way: ...
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Are first-borns really more assertive? How birth order affects personality

In spite of sharing genes and environments, siblings are often not as similar in nature as one might think. But ...