1-24-2018 1_C_hu1iRcOzMDaS86sS0iGw

Podcast: What if we could use artificial wombs to save premature babies?

Ectogenesis, that is the gestation outside of a biological womb, sounds like science fiction. But one of the top stories ...
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Earliest human relative? Mystery and controversy surround 7-million-year-old femur

When anthropologists meet in France at the end of January, one of the most provocative fossils in the study of ...
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Questioning the decision to resurrect smallpox relative in the lab

In an effort to develop a safer vaccine substitute, Canadian researchers have resurrected a close relative—the extinct horsepox virus—from scratch ...
1-24-2018 woman-sniffing-armpit

Hot stuff: Do human pheromones really exist?

Some companies, such as the Athena Institute, which, according to its founder, Winnifred Cutler, published its 108th consecutive ad in The Atlantic this month, ...
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Sunshine and green spaces could be prescription for teen depression

Exposure to trees and other greenery has been shown to stave off depression in adults, and a new study finds ...
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Targeting invasive pests with genetically tailored poison in New Zealand

Recently, New Zealand has been at the center of a heated debate over whether it is either feasible or ethical to use ...
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What do zombie movies tell us about our changing attitudes towards science?

There is no better barometer of the values and fears of our society than the monsters our culture creates... What ...
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Rewriting human history: Fossils discovered in Israel suggest earlier departure from Africa

A small bit of human jawbone found in Israel has been dated to between 177,000 and 194,000 years ago. Before ...
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Friendlier regulations fuel China’s lead in human gene-editing race

In a hospital west of Shanghai, Wu Shixiu since March has been trying to treat cancer patients using a promising ...
1-23-2018 FourRacesofManasConceivedinthe1920s

Viewpoint: ‘Scientific racism’ and eugenics are infiltrating legitimate science again

Researchers with extreme views on race number relatively few but, having languished on the margins of their fields for many ...
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We’re about to see an expansion of life’s genetic code

With recent innovations in gene editing, it may seem as if the field of synthetic biology is just starting to ...
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‘Dead CRISPR’ may offer easier way to create stem cells

The ability to make stem cells from other cell types has largely been a recent phenomenon. It took a huge ...
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Ancient poison used for arrows could lead to male birth control pills

According to scientists, a poison arrow in the quiver may let loose a very sticky nether-region massacre. The poison in ...
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Will CRISPR work in people? Scientists say study raises questions, but is not a setback

It can feel shocking when someone disparages a golden person, thing or technology — and in recent years, no emerging ...
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Video: Ancient virus could explain how human memories are formed

The particulars surrounding how our memory works has baffled neuroscientists for decades. Turns out, it’s a very sophisticated process involving ...
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‘An awful lot of spit’: Consumer DNA test market booms as consumers ‘take control of their health’

When AncestryDNA sold some 1.5 million of its genetic testing kits over Black Friday weekend, it seemed like clear evidence that after ...
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Why news of cloned monkeys doesn’t mean humans are next

Researchers in China reported on [January 24] that they have created two cloned monkeys, the first time that primates have ...
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‘Personal omics’: Weight changes affect what’s happening in our gut, disease susceptibility

Gaining and losing weight causes extensive changes in the gut microbiota and in biomarkers related to inflammation and heart disease, ...
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Broken barrier: Monkeys are first primates to be cloned

There have been mice and cows and pigs and camels, bunnies and bantengs and ferrets and dogs, but ever since ...
1-21-2018 europa_atomic_clock

Searching for alien life: Maybe we should start with extraterrestrial viruses

One possibility for what might be out there that’s, relatively speaking, one of the most plausible theories has so far ...
1-21-2018 CHINA-GUANGDONG-GENE-EDITORS (CN)

China poised to do gene therapy ‘better and cheaper’ than US

China wants to go big on biotech and already is marching into experimental gene therapy. … So far, CAR-T has ...
1-21-2018

111-year old mystery solved: Egyptian mummies from 2000 BCE are half-brothers, DNA analysis shows

Two Egyptian mummies that rested next to each other for nearly 4,000 years are not full brothers, but rather half ...
Frankenstein story reminds us why fear is an 'easy sell' for science skeptics

Frankenstein story reminds us why fear is an ‘easy sell’ for science skeptics

On 1 August 1790, a precocious student named Victor Frankenstein submitted a radical proposal to an ethical panel at the ...
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CRISPR patent dispute: Broad Institute has key rights revoked in Europe

A decision from the European Patent Office (EPO) has put the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on shaky ground with its ...
1-21-2018 mg22730354.000-1_800

8 common cancers could be detected early with $500 blood test

A simple-to-take test that tells if you have a tumor lurking, and even where it is in your body, is ...
1-18-2018 Child-3_Filbert_Age-7_Illinois

Some cases of autism may have epigenetic origins

Scientists have discovered a swathe of biochemical regions that look to be deeply involved with the risk factors behind autism spectrum ...
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Solving a riddle: ‘Dark matter’ DNA shown to influence brain development

A puzzle posed by segments of 'dark matter' in genomes — long, winding strands of DNA with no obvious functions ...
1-18-2018 Clinical Research (1)

‘Supercharged’ T-cells show promise against Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Cancer has been winning the arms race against the immune system for too long, but scientists are developing plenty of ...