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Viewpoint: It’s time to take a harder look at sugar’s connection to the diabetes epidemic

Discussions about the global epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes tend to assume that these are new phenomena...In the ...
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Video: Kansas state lawmaker Steve Alford makes racially charged genetics comments, will not resign

A white Kansas lawmaker who suggested at a public forum that blacks were predisposed to abusing drugs resigned from two legislative committee ...
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Mystery ‘cocoliztli’ epidemic that wiped out the Aztecs may have been caused by salmonella

In the 16th century, an epidemic known as "cocoliztli" that caused bleeding and vomiting swept through large areas of Guatemala, ...
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Viewpoint: We can’t afford to let ethical questions blunt the potential of CRISPR gene editing

With CRISPR, there is no doubt that there are multiple very concerning implications to the technology. Should humans actually alter ...
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Rural-urban divide: Groundbreaking gene therapies could exacerbate inequality in cancer care

Two new cancer treatments have shown miraculous cures, but if you happen to live in Arkansas or Montana, or a ...
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Depression and epilepsy may share same genetic roots

From the time of Hippocrates, physicians have suspected a link between epilepsy and depression. Now, for the first time, scientists ...
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MERS treatment could come from genetically engineered cows

Human antibodies made in genetically engineered cows have proved safe in an early stage clinical trial...and could be developed into ...
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Breast cancer and BRCA: Mutation doesn’t affect patient survival rate

Young breast cancer patients with faulty BRCA genes have the same survival chances as those without, a study has found ...
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Mars in 15 years? Not without overcoming 3 big challenges

Editor's note: Zahaan Bharmal is the Head of Marketing Strategic Communications at Google and has a degree in Physics from ...
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Why this winter’s flu is wreaking so much havoc

To put it flatly, H3N2 is the problem child of seasonal flu. It causes more deaths than the other influenza ...
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Have ‘bio-citizens’ pushed us to a regulatory turning point?

[We are at the beginning of] an upstart revolution where citizens are deciding not to wait around for a cure ...
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Report: Price for blindness gene therapy Luxturna is ‘four times too high’ at $850,000

The $850,000 list price for a new medicine that treats a genetic form of childhood blindness is about four times too high ...
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Neuroevolution: Artificial intelligence learns by adapting and evolving

[An] old idea—improving neural networks not through teaching, but through evolution—is revealing its potential. Five new papers from Uber in San Francisco, California, ...
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Could nearby alien civilizations be more primitive, and therefore undetectable?

Editor's note: Abraham Loeb is chair of the astronomy department at Harvard University As we discover numerous habitable planets around other ...
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Ethical questions surround deep brain stimulation therapy for Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases

[D]eep brain stimulation [is] a type of therapy in which one or more electrodes are inserted into your brain and ...
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‘Bioprinting’ body parts could become a reality—if we clear some hurdles

Printed replacement human body parts might seem like science fiction, but this technology is rapidly becoming a reality with the ...
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Lay off the ibuprofen? Painkiller may lower male testosterone

In recent decades, prompted by concerns that men's sperm quality is declining, researchers have looked at things they suspect of ...
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CRISPR could be the answer to genetic engineering’s prayers

Since its introduction four decades ago, genetic engineering has been a source of high hopes for health, agriculture, and industry ...
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Extending human life: What are the age limits?

How long do you want to live - to 85, 90, 100 or beyond? More important than how long we ...
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Is speculation about alien life legitimate science? Or merely a distraction?

Speculation about extraterrestrials seems to be everywhere these days. [Recently] it was “Tabby’s Star” (more officially known as KIC 8462852), ...
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We still don’t know how anesthesia works—but we’re one step closer to figuring it out

If you’re planning to have major surgery soon, you might not want to read this next sentence. Scientists don’t actually ...
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450-year-old mummy found with oldest evidence of hepatitis B infection

Once, this boy mummy was thought to have died of smallpox, but a new analysis of his now 450-year-old DNA ...
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‘Supersimilarity’: Identical twins are epigenetic twins as well

The sometimes-preternatural similarity of identical twins is more profound than previously thought. Identical twins, known to science as “monozygotic”, may ...
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Could our microbiome offer diet advice? Edible sensors look inside our digestive system

Wouldn’t it be nice if our microbiomes could serve up diet advice—some science-based assurance that our food and medicines act ...
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Google’s deep-learning Alpha Zero masters chess from scratch in 4 hours––then doesn’t lose

The architecture that beat humans at the notoriously CPU-impervious game Go, AlphaGo by Google Deep Mind, was converted to allow ...
In contrast with adults, children’s embrace of evolution likely hinges on scientific aptitude, not religious beliefs

In contrast with adults, children’s embrace of evolution likely hinges on scientific aptitude, not religious beliefs

In contrast to adults, acceptance of evolution in schoolchildren in the UK is linked to their scientific aptitude rather than ...
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Can a genetic test tell you how to lose weight? 23andMe is trying to find out

23andMe is kicking off a massive study into the genetics of weight loss that the company says will involve 100,000 people crowdsourced ...
How our cells' natural defenses to fight cancer can be unlocked by new immunotherapy

How our cells’ natural defenses to fight cancer can be unlocked by new immunotherapy

Natural killer (NK) cells are lymphocytes, immune cells which have a powerful arsenal of cytotoxic weaponry that they can use ...