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Extrachromosomal DNA: The unique clues scientists are using to outfox cancer

Human cells are not supposed to have extra bits of DNA floating around, so [Paul] Mischel described the peculiar substance ...
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Klotho: Is prescribing a drug to supercharge the brain a good idea?

One of the most intriguing molecules out there is called Klotho. Identified in , it’s named for the Fate of ancient Greek ...
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Matrix redux: It’s actually possible that we are virtual beings living in an AI computer simulation

Some have tried to identify ways in which we can discern if we are simulated beings. Others have attempted to ...
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Lazy brains: How can we avoid falling for misinformation

Our brains are lazy. The more effort it takes to process information, the more uncomfortable we feel about it and ...
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Viewpoint: Can you inherit anorexia and other eating disorders?

Experts have long known that eating disorders stem from a combination of hereditary and environmental factors, but no one had ever ...
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De-extinction efforts are being directed at reviving lost bird species

While efforts are underway to bring back extinct mammals, such as the woolly mammoth and quagga, through cloning, artificial insemination, ...
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Do psychiatric drugs do more harm than good to treat mental illness?

In the book [Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America], which ...
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First new human organs found in three centuries – camera-shy salivary glands in your head

A team of researchers in the Netherlands has discovered what may be a set of previously unidentified organs: a pair ...
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Understanding COVID vaccine skepticism: It’s not all anti-science

Even though vaccines have virtually eliminated the risk of many preventable diseases, there has been an increase in refusal and ...
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DNA A-to-F: Can genes predict if kids will succeed in school?

[Social scientist Ben] Domingue and his colleagues found that [a] polygenic score could help identify which groups of high schoolers ...
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Can psychedelic drugs change your religious or political beliefs?

Psychotherapy assisted by psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in “magic mushrooms,” seems to be remarkably effective in treating a wide range ...
Climate conundrum: Weather changes causing more diseases in livestock that lead to methane release and higher temperatures

Climate conundrum: Weather changes causing more diseases in livestock that lead to methane release and higher temperatures

Climate change is affecting the spread and severity of infectious diseases around the world — and infectious diseases may in ...
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Toilet wisdom: Why some people never gain weight

A small group of people have been thin since birth and have always found it very difficult to gain weight ...
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Optogenetics: We may soon be able to manipulate the mind with light

Thanks to optogenetics, in just ten years we’ve been able to artificially incept memories in mice, decipher brain signals that lead to ...
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Brave Old World: Decriminalization of psychedelics for health and fun may be coming to a ballot near you

[T]here’s a seemingly small issue — only on the ballot in Oregon and the District of Columbia — that’s a sleeper, it seems to ...
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Stem cell therapy for autism? The darker side of ‘quackademic medicine’

As bad as the embrace of naturopathy, traditional Chinese medicine, and even reiki and homeopathy by some institutions that would ...
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Resurgence of gene therapy has dramatically altered the the biomedicine revolution

Some technologies that have emerged and altered the landscape in recent years include immunotherapy, CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, and chimeric antigen ...
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CRISPR used to create embryo of first ‘super horse’

Researchers in Argentina have produced what is believed to be the world’s first genetically edited horse embryo. The team worked ...
Pandemic offers unique opportunity to corral global vaccine denialism movement

Pandemic offers unique opportunity to corral global vaccine denialism movement

Bringing increased attention to vaccination now is especially important as the world continues to combat COVID-19, a novel infectious disease ...
Coffee appears to offer widespread protection against Parkinson’s disease

Coffee appears to offer widespread protection against Parkinson’s disease

Earlier studies have shown that coffee consumption may protect against the development of Parkinson's disease in people who have no ...
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How accurate are the ‘ethnicity estimates’ claimed by DNA genealogy companies?

Since 2012, more than 18 million people have mailed their spit-filled vials to [Ancestry DNA], which analyzes the genetic material ...
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‘Gigantic leaps forward’ What’s happened in the 21 years since a teenager died undergoing gene therapy, stalling emergence of this biomedical breakthrough?

In 1999, [teenager] Jesse [Gelsinger] received a dose of the ornithine transcarbamylase gene, engineered into a recombinant adenovirus, at the ...
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CRISPR has brought pig-to-human organ transplants to the cusp of reality

In a study published [September 21] in the Nature Biomedical Engineering journal, the researchers said they used CRISPR–Cas9 and a combination of other ...
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Science paradox: How the response to the pandemic has been infected by bias, overconfidence and politics

[W]hen people started falling ill last winter with a respiratory illness, some scientists guessed that a novel coronavirus was responsible ...
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America’s sordid history of forced sterilization

On September 14, advocacy groups filed a complaint that accused the Irwin County Detention Center, which houses immigrants for federal Immigration and ...
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German measles likely jumped from bats to humans, much like COVID, raising concerns about future virus outbreaks

An estimated 100,000 newborns are affected by the [rubella virus] annually, mostly in Africa, the western Pacific, and the eastern ...
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Gynandromorph: Spectacular bird found with male plumage on one side and female on the other

Split down the middle, with one side flaunting yellow 'wing pits', and the other side rocking a pink underwing, researchers ...
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There are a lot of psychopaths amongst us… and some of them are gifts to society

As a happily married family man and a successful neuroscientist at the University of California-Irvine, [James] Fallon didn't exactly fit ...