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Powerful CAR-T duo uses artificial ‘claws’ to grab and destroy HIV

Lengtigen, a biotech company based in Gaithersburg, MD, teamed up with researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in ...
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1983 sex assault mystery solved by DNA testing

A Florida woman who woke up to a stranger sexually assaulting her 36 years ago may finally get justice after ...
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Electrical stimulation can ‘starve’ brain cancers, early study shows

Researchers have shown that electrical stimulation to the skull can starve brain cancers of vital nutrient-rich blood, opening the door ...
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Answering key questions about CRISPR gene therapies

What is gene editing?  Genome editing (also known as gene editing) is a group of technologies that provide scientists with ...
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We’ve almost eradicated Polio. But recent measles outbreaks show us why the battle isn’t over.

[T]he polio campaign must push on across the finish line. Failure to do so could have dire consequences. ... For ...
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Have scientists discovered a new pain-processing organ under our skin?

It’s not common that researchers discover what could be an entirely new part of the human body. But a team ...
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CRISPR ‘put to the test’ against inherited blindness, blood disease. Next up Duchenne muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis

Since its debut in 2012, CRISPR gene editing has held the promise of curing most of the over 6,000 known ...
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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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Fecal transplant industry needs a lot of ‘quality’ poop. Where does it come from?

To reset the microbiome, the best medicine comes from the last place you’d expect: a fecal transplant, in which a ...
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Viewpoint: Elon Musk’s Neuralink dreams are a mix of reality and ‘science fiction’

So, how precisely is Neuralink pushing the envelope?  ... A lot of Neuralink's vision may sound difficult to believe, but ...
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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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‘It’s very encouraging’: Experimental gene therapy shows promise for glioblastoma patients in clinical trial

An inducible, tumor-localized gene therapy has been tested for the first time in glioblastoma patients. The two-part approach, which involves ...
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98.5% of our DNA is ‘junk’: But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t play a key role in disease, evolution

Would you purchase a book with over 98 percent of the text written in gibberish? Biology has no business in ...
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New theory on the origins Alzheimer’s opens alternate research, treatment avenues

Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia among the elderly, is characterized by plaques and tangles in the brain, ...
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Podcast: Why did we survive, when the Denisovans and Neanderthals did not?

The Denisovans have long been one of the most elusive ancient human cousins, until now. In May 2019, scientists revealed ...
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5 things we get wrong about psychopaths

There are a number of myths that pervade pop culture regarding psychopaths. Here is my take on some of the ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s why we should cut back on cancer screening for the elderly

Although some of my patients are still working full time or traveling the world in their 70s and 80s, I ...
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‘Rare and unsettling’: Young woman had undeveloped ‘twin’ in her abdomen for 17 years

A young woman in India unknowingly lived with one of the rarest and most unsettling medical conditions for nearly two ...
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Viewpoint: I wish I learned about my breast cancer risk from a genetic counselor instead of 23andMe

I opened the email from 23andMe, saying a report was ready for me to read. That click changed my life ...
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What’s that smell? How our brains detect and cope with all the odors we encounter

Olfactory neurons in your nose have evolved some 400 odor receptors, and each neuron contains only one. Receptors are tuned ...
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‘Utterly magical’: This ‘two-step dance’ may explain the origins of life

Go back far enough in time, before animals and plants and even bacteria existed, and you’d find that the precursor ...
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Using synthetic biology to solve some of ‘the hardest problems in the world’, with new foods, medicines

Many of the products we use every day—plastics, cosmetics, clothing, fertilizers, and even aspirin—include molecular ingredients derived from petrochemicals. But, ...
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New cancer-fighting strategy: Coaxing breast cancer cells to turn into harmless fat cells

Researchers have been able to coax human breast cancer cells to turn into fat cells in a new proof-of-concept study ...
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Anger, aches and pains: Anxiety manifests differently in men

Anxiety problems can look different in men. When people think of anxiety, they may picture the excessive worry and avoidance ...
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Are you ‘icked out’ by human-monkey chimeras? Here’s why scientists have taken this controversial step

[July 31], news broke that a prominent stem cell researcher is making human-monkey chimeras in a secretive lab in China ...
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3 ways neuroscience and AI can work together to help us understand how we think

The meteoric success of deep learning showcases how insights from neuroscience—memory, learning, decision-making, vision—can be distilled into algorithms that bestow ...
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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 ...
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CRISPR moves from the lab to human trials, targeting blindness, beta thalassemia and sickle cell anemia

It’s only been seven years since scientists first learned how to precisely and reliably splice the human genome using a ...