2-7-2018 Breast-Cancer-Story-Women-Under-40

Testing ovarian cancer patients for BRCA gene mutations to better understand risk

Thousands of women diagnosed with ovarian cancer will be tested to see if they are hidden carriers of the gene ...
2-6-2018 Olympic_Athletes_Hub_cta

Future Olympic athletes could be required to have their entire DNA sequenced to test for ‘gene doping’

For years, the World Anti-Doping Agency has considered requiring all Olympic athletes to submit copies of their genetic code. It ...
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Should you test your baby for genetic disease risks at birth?

Before Cheryl Connolly gave birth to her first child, Loudon, she ran through the checklist of all the things expecting ...
2-7-2018 crispr

Video: Watch CRISPR’s cutting skills in action

The CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technique is an important concept to know about in these days of biotech advances, but it can be pretty ...
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Autism shares gene expression pathways with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Gene expression patterns in the brains of people with autism are similar to those of people who have schizophrenia or ...
2-7-2018 FigS5_thumb

Charred ‘digging sticks’ found in Italy could be oldest Neanderthal tools made with fire

In the spring of 2012, while digging a hole for a thermal pool, construction workers in Grosseto, Italy, hit scientific ...
2-6-2018 shutterstock_182860265ed

Female infertility linked to missing egg protein

UC San Diego researchers say they appear to have discovered a previously unknown cause of female infertility. Their study, performed in mice, ...
2-6-2018 The-human-brain-tripled-in-size-due-to-ecological-factors-850x500

Our brain is in constant motion—but what makes it tick?

What makes the brain tick? What keeps the constant stream of energy welling up within ourselves when we are alert ...
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DARPA: Biohackers should ‘think deeply’ about using themselves as research guinea pigs

[DARPA biotechnology director Justin] Sanchez was not only [at Body Hacking Con] to promote the agency’s expansive research portfolio. He ...
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Harvard’s George Church targets consumer genetic testing market, offering royalties for users

Harvard University genetics guru George Church — one of the scientists at the forefront of the CRISPR genetic engineering revolution ...
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Viewpoint: Profiteers exploiting complexity of cutting edge science like stem cells

Editor's note: Timothy Caulfield is Canada Research Chair in health law and policy at the University of Alberta and author of Is ...
End of cavities: We may soon be able to regrow our teeth

End of cavities: We may soon be able to regrow our teeth

Currently, the primary way to treat a cavity is to excavate the decay and the surrounding area before filling the ...
Why the ‘Hong Kong’ flu is wreaking so much havoc

Why the ‘Hong Kong’ flu is wreaking so much havoc

In 1968, scientists discovered a new strain of flu circulating around Hong Kong. The virus, though, didn't stay put. It ...
Biohackers forge ahead with independent, unregulated research

Biohackers forge ahead with independent, unregulated research

Alessandro [Volpato] isn't a hobby chef, nor is he chemist or an electrician. But he might be a mixture of ...
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Stone artifacts in India spark new questions about when and how humans developed tools

Sometime around 400,000 years ago human ancestors went on an innovation bender. No longer content to make do with only the large ...
2-5-2018 171016-texting-mn-0915_3e0bbe0e3532d05bd41a869614eb10a4.focal-678x339

Do cell phones cause cancer? Long-awaited study offers mixed results, no definitive answer

The long-awaited results of a $25 million National Institutes of Health study on the effects of cellphone radio-frequency radiation exposure on animals is ...
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Boys’ and girls’ brains are different as early as 1 month of age

On average, men and women differ psychologically in small but reliable ways, such as in personality, interests, and cognitive performance, but the basis ...
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Precision CRISPR repairs blindness in mice, could herald human treatments

In genome-editing, the challenge for CRISPR-wielding scientists is to edit only one of the two copies, or alleles, of every ...
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Searching for sleep: Genome mining project looks for insomnia links

In a genetic study of unprecedented size, scientists have searched for inherited causes of insomnia in the DNA [of] 1,310,010 ...
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The regenerating axolotl: What can we learn from its giant genome?

Scientists have decoded the genome of the axolotl, the Mexican amphibian with a Mona Lisa smile. It has 32 billion ...
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Chasing the ‘Fountain of Youth’ through stem cells

Editor's note: The following is part of a Q&A interview with Vittorio Sebastiano, a research professor of reproductive biology at ...
2-1-2018 Leadership with education

Speech mystery: Language relies on brain pathways that predate human beings

New research has identified the brain systems involved in language learning and discovered that these systems pre-date the human species ...
2-1-2018 brca-helix_b

‘Cancer causing’ BRCA genes are often misunderstood

Some of the first genes identified as risk factors for cancer, the BRCAs (BReast CAncer genes) are really about much ...
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Viewpoint: US may be losing CRISPR race against China, but FDA regulations are worth it

[H]ow did China edge out the United States to become the first to use CRISPR in humans? American researchers were, ...
2-2-2018 flu-update-1_custom-c7ef81dec3b63321ec8c64adbd3a973209117416-s900-c85

Forecasting the flu is a challenge. Here’s why

[F]or the third week in a row, flu activity remains widespread in 49 states, according to the latest CDC data ...
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Did life begin in water—or some other liquid?

[W]hile water is an indispensable solvent for all known life forms that exist today, water also inhibits the formation of ...
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‘Cancer vaccine’ shows promise in mice; human trial next

A combination of a tiny segment of DNA and a specific antibody injected into a solid tumour has been shown ...
1-29-2018 are-mice-blind-feature

Autism researchers focus on ‘retired’ line of mice with missing gene

Nearly 20 years ago, a new strain of mice debuted in a California laboratory. The mice were missing a gene ...