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Video: Biohacker documents his own DIY gene therapy

DIY gene therapy is far from the mainstream, but the numbers of people who are attempting to genetically engineer their ...
Fossil-like traces found on Mars—How can we know if this is biological life?

Fossil-like traces found on Mars—How can we know if this is biological life?

In early January, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover came across what some researchers thought might be trace fossils on Mars. ... A strictly ...
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Viewpoint: Rethinking scientist Richard Dawkins’ classic book ‘The Selfish Gene’

Richard Dawkins’ 1976 book The Selfish Gene, which topped a poll last year for the most inspiring science books of all ...
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Stop flu symptoms in one day? Experimental pill could be available in the US by 2019

A new medicine can rid flu suffers of their symptoms in as little as a day, but the drug will ...
Should doctors heed ‘do not resuscitate’ tattoos?

Should doctors heed ‘do not resuscitate’ tattoos?

Doctors at a Florida hospital’s emergency department were startled in May [2017] to discover the words “DO NOT RESUSCITATE” tattooed on an ...
Pinpointing time of death for crime victims may be possible through our genes

Pinpointing time of death for crime victims may be possible through our genes

Thanks to an extensive new survey of gene activity in human tissue after death, computational biologists have taken the first ...
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Digging in the dirt may yield new class of antibiotics

It might come as a surprise to learn that dirt, that canonical cause of infection, is also a megafactory for ...
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Bugs as food? They may have played a role in our evolution

Editor's note: Darcy Shapiro is an evolutionary anthropologist at Rutgers University Did you know that what your ancestors ate affects your ...
California may soon label coffee as a cancer risk—more than 100 studies suggest the opposite

California may soon label coffee as a cancer risk—more than 100 studies suggest the opposite

In what's got to be the dumbest idea yet from the nanny state of California (sorry, guys, but it's true), coffee sold ...
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Epigenetics and doping: Steroids may have long-lasting performance enhancing effects

Editor's note: E. Paul Zehr is a professor of neuroscience and kinesiology at the University of Victoria in Canada [Olympic ...
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Genetic engineering will ensure that human evolution will continue–for better or worse

Editor's note: Scott Solomon is an associate teaching professor in the department of BioSciences at Rice University [Feb. 12 was] Charles Darwin's ...
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Evolution of walking: Primitive fish shows key nerves appeared 20 million years before land animals

The genes and nerve cells that allow people and other mammals to walk around can also be found in a ...
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Is there a link between autism spike and ultrasound tests?

[A]s ultrasound use has sharply increased, so too have diagnoses of autism—prompting questions about a potential relationship. A rigorous new ...
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Can we boost memory through brain stimulation?

In a study appearing [February 6] in Nature Communications, [...] a team of researchers succeeded at enhancing memory more reliably, by stimulating ...
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Harnessing bacteria like E. coli to dispense medicines shows promise, but hurdles remain

We’ve already seen the first cellular medicines, human immune cells genetically reprogrammed to attack cancer cells. Now the first bacterial medicines ...
NIH retiring chimps as test animals. What other animal testing reforms are in store?

NIH retiring chimps as test animals. What other animal testing reforms are in store?

Recent tests of car exhaust on monkeys have renewed the debate around animal testing. While researchers say eliminating animal testing ...
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Infographic: Gene editing and CRISPR in action

Much of the excitement around gene editing is fueled by its potential to treat or prevent human diseases. There are ...
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Archaeologist skeptics reject evidence humans settled Americas 130,000 years ago

When researchers made the astonishing suggestion last year that early humans settled the Americas 100,000 years earlier than thought, they asked doubters ...
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Lab-grown human eggs may offer hope for the infertile

In a landmark development, scientists have been able to replicate the process where egg cells mature in the ovaries outside ...
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‘Inherently imperfect’: Why ancestry tests are often misunderstood

It’s right there in the fine print of any consumer DNA test, if you bother to read it: DNA testing ...
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Viewpoint: Your family should know if any of your genetic mutations are linked to cancer

Editor's note: Charité Ricker is a cancer genetic counselor at the University of Southern California For 15 years I have counseled patients ...
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Second patient added to human gene-editing study, with no side effects so far

A second patient has been treated in a historic gene editing study in California, and no major side effects or ...
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Why electrical brain stimulation to enhance memory or relieve depression may not work

[S]cientists and hobbyists alike look for ways to change the activity of neurons without cutting into the brain and implanting ...
Video: DNA ancestry tests can change the identity of those who see themselves as 'white’

Video: DNA ancestry tests can change the identity of those who see themselves as ‘white’

As more Americans take advantage of genetic testing to pinpoint the makeup of their DNA, the technology is coming head ...
Viewpoint: This flu season is a ‘wake-up call’—we need a universal flu vaccine

Viewpoint: This flu season is a ‘wake-up call’—we need a universal flu vaccine

Editor's note: Henry I. Miller, a physician, molecular biologist and former flu virus researcher, is the Robert Wesson fellow in scientific ...
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3-parent embryos: UK doctors identify two women to undergo breakthrough, controversial procedure

Doctors in Newcastle have been granted permission to create Britain’s first “three-person babies” for two women who are at risk ...
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First Britons had dark skin, DNA ear scraps found in 10,000 year-old ‘Cheddar Man’ reveal

The earliest Britons were black-skinned, with dark curly hair and possibly blue eyes, new analysis of a 10,000-year-old Somerset skeleton ...
Genetically attracted: Online dating site wants to use DNA for matchmaking

Genetically attracted: Online dating site wants to use DNA for matchmaking

With the online dating market exploding into a multi-billion dollar business, it's no surprise that entrepreneurs crave a piece of ...