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Why do humans find classifying animal intelligence so difficult?

[D]oes a chimpanzee deserve more rights than, say, a pigeon? The logic that leads to “yes” is clear enough, but ...
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Is the nucleolus the key to stopping cellular aging?

Under a microscope, it’s hard to miss. Take just about any cell, find the nucleus, then look inside it for ...
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Viewpoint: Why ‘do-it-yourself’ genetic testing is a dangerous game

A few years back, I learned of a patient who had her DNA tested by one company and then interpreted ...
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Big data meets taxonomy: Classifying animal species with ‘DNA barcoding’

[T]axonomy – the science of classifying organisms – would be so much easier if life forms came with barcodes… Interestingly enough, ...
5-23-2018 blood_16x9

Hemophilia gene therapies put on fast track to FDA approval

The Food and Drug Administration will soon be alerting companies that certain gene therapies in development can qualify for less ...
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Can scientists keep white nationalists from misusing population genetics research?

Stormfront and similar online forums, as well as the comment sections on “alt-right” news websites and Twitter accounts, regularly host ...
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The infamous life and death of biohacker Aaron Traywick

In the span of two years, Aaron Traywick, who was 28 when he died, went from a virtual unknown to ...
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Ancient human species with orange-sized brain could have possessed modern human intelligence

An ancient species of human with a brain no larger than an orange may have possessed intelligence to rival that ...
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CRISPR creator Jennifer Doudna: It’s ‘important that ethical discussions keep pace with technology’

Jennifer Doudna, the gene-editing pioneer whose breakthrough in CRISPR technology has taken the scientific world by storm, expressed surprise [May ...
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Project Recode: Can we create synthetic ‘superhero’ human cells immune to viruses, cancer and aging?

Recently, roughly 200 eminent scientists assembled in Boston. Their agenda? Creating “superhero” human cells impervious to all viral attacks and ...
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The future of ‘genetic genealogy’ crime solving

Just three weeks ago, law enforcement in California announced the arrest of the Golden State Killer using DNA. … On ...
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Single gene variant could explain why Peruvians among world’s shortest people

Hundreds of genes influence how tall a person is, but most make an imperceptible difference—perhaps a millimeter, for example. Now, ...
5-21-2018 Dr-Zhang-DRUPAL

Meet the doctor leading research on ethically fraught ‘three-parent’ babies

When future historians look back on the 21st century, one of the most iconic photos may be of a smiling, ...
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Astronomical cycles may have influenced animal evolution on Earth

A team of researchers from the United States and New Zealand took a look at how likely species were to ...
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Reducing HIV replication with CRISPR could lead to effective cure

Scientists in Japan have used CRISPR-Cas9 technology to stop human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) replication in latently infected T cells that ...
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Viewpoint: Slug ‘memory transfer’ study may be too good to be true

A study claiming that a “memory” could be transferred from one animal to another in form of an injection has ...
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Snail ‘memory transplant’ achieved through RNA transfer

Memory transfer has been at the heart of science fiction for decades, but it's becoming more like science fact. A ...
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Ancient art may have been created by people with autistic traits, study suggests

Much of the world’s earliest great art is likely to have been created by gifted early humans on the autism ...
5-16-2018 skincare

Viewpoint: I know my skin better than a ‘DNA-optimized’ skincare routine does

LifeDNA purports to take your DNA data from companies like 23andMe, and, relying on findings from “over 1,100 peer-reviewed studies,” ...
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Is a universal flu vaccine ultimately unattainable?

If all goes according to plan, the annual flu shot protects about 60 percent of vaccinated people. This year’s inoculation, of course, ...
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Ancient DNA analysis reveals Botai hunter-gatherers first domesticated horses

[W]ho first domesticated horses is a hotly debated question. One leading hypothesis suggests Bronze Age pastoralists called the Yamnaya were ...
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No male birth control due to lack of pharmaceutical industry support—not male disinterest

That the responsibility for preventing unintended pregnancy still lies almost exclusively with women remains one of the world’s great health ...
5-16-2018 Neanderthal-958572

Neanderthal ‘mini brains’ created from ancient DNA could illuminate human brain biology

Scientists are preparing to create “miniature brains” that have been genetically engineered to contain Neanderthal DNA, in an unprecedented attempt ...
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This journalist lost a bet, and now he has to put his DNA results on the internet

It all started after the arrest of the alleged Golden State Killer in April. Police had uploaded crime-scene DNA to ...
5-16-2018 scottish-terrier

How purebred dogs are helping us fight cancer in humans

Roughly a quarter of all purebred dogs die of cancer, and 45 percent of those who live past the age of ...
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Are vaccines creating viral resistance?

[Researcher Andrew] Read and his colleagues are studying how the herpesvirus that causes Marek’s disease — a highly contagious, paralyzing ...
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After 25 years, will Congress revive NASA’s Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI)?

Lawmakers in the House of Representatives recently proposed legislation for NASA’s future that includes some intriguing language. The space agency, the bill recommends, ...
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What caused the 60-million-year insect fossil gap?

Insects are everywhere—in the air, on the ground, in the ground, and sometimes in your house and food. Yet there ...

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