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Are we done bleeding horseshoe crabs for pharmaceutical use?

Contemporary humans do not deliberately kill the horseshoe crabs—as did previous centuries of farmers catching them for fertilizer or fishermen ...
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Extinct strain of hepatitis B found in human remains suggests virus had greater diversity

Despite its prevalence, little is known about the ancestral roots of the [hepatitis B] virus. New findings, published [May 9] in Nature, ...
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Arrest in Golden State Killer case ‘probably not a lucky find at all, but a totally expected one’

A DNA database led police to the Golden State Killer suspect through data his distant cousins had uploaded. Now, population genetics researchers ...
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How our understanding of the behavioral characteristics of autism has evolved

You can draw a straight line from the initial descriptions of many conditions – claustrophobia, for example, or vertigo – ...
Can we reverse aging in dogs through gene therapy? If so, humans could be next.

Can we reverse aging in dogs through gene therapy? If so, humans could be next.

The world’s most influential synthetic biologist is behind a new company that plans to rejuvenate dogs using gene therapy. If ...
Viewpoint: Doctors need better training if DNA sequencing becomes standard care

Viewpoint: Doctors need better training if DNA sequencing becomes standard care

[Recently] the CEO of Pennsylvania health care provider Geisinger announced that its doctors will now offer patients DNA sequencing “as part of ...
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Evading Alzheimer’s: ‘Cognitive reserve theory’ suggests early education may be the best defense

One great hope – for vitamin fans and researchers alike – is that dietary supplements could prevent the worsening of ...
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How ‘human errors’ challenge intelligent design theory

When Charles Darwin first proposed natural selection as the mechanism of evolutionary change, he provided many different lines of reasoning ...
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10 common misconceptions about the human brain

[C]hances are you’ve heard a completely incorrect “fact” about the brain. … [Here are] the biggest and most widely believed ...
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DNA sequencing as standard preventative care. Are we there yet?

Geisinger doctors will soon start offering patients DNA sequencing as part of routine preventative care, the Danville, Pennsylvania-based health system's ...
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Night shift workers are at greater risk for obesity, diabetes, cancer—but why?

Researchers have been studying night workers for years, trying to better understand what happens to our circadian rhythms and our ...
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How is the gut linked to Parkinson’s disease?

[P]hysicians have noted that constipation is one of the most common symptoms of Parkinson’s, appearing in around half the individuals diagnosed with ...
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Piglets could ‘fill an important gap’ in Huntington’s disease research

A newly established pig model of Huntington’s disease (HD) could provide researchers a more practical way of testing treatment for ...
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What a headache: Genetic adaptation to cold weather also gave us migraines

A human genetic variant in a gene involved in sensing cold temperatures became more common when early humans migrated out of ...
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Consumer DNA tests: Answering questions ‘we didn’t even know we had’

23andMe is among a crop of new services that have arrived to help us mine our genetic material for answers ...
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Psychedelic drug therapy could provide a ‘radical new answer’ to depression, PTSD, anxiety

For years now a band of dedicated scientists has been quietly building a case to redeem the reputation of MDMA ...
5-9-2018 Cogmed

Do ‘brain training’ games actually help kids’ cognitive skills?

In just 13 years, brain training has sprouted from a fledgling industry to a behemoth projected to be worth as much ...
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Searching for alien intelligence and how dolphins can help

The return to dolphins as a model for alien intelligence came in 1999, when SETI Institute astronomer Laurance Doyle proposed using information ...
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New version of CRISPR touted as ‘word processor’ with search and replace function

For all the excitement the gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 has kicked up, there has been just as much concern about unwanted ...
5-9-2018 Amish Clinic

Paying for pricey gene therapy without insurance: Amish community faces challenge

[A]t $850,000 a person, Luxturna was more budget-busting than just about any other drug. [Company] Spark had proposed a few different ways of helping ...
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Leukemia defense: Y-chromosome offers ‘extra layer of protection’

Scientists have discovered the first example of a gene that is only found in one sex and provides protection against ...
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Our bodies churn out trillions of mutations each day—why aren’t we ‘walking bags of cancer’?

As you read this article, the cells in your body are dividing and the DNA in them is being copied, ...
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Mind or matter? How consciousness in the universe could be ‘eternal’

Which is more fundamental, mind or matter? You would think, in our ultra-materialistic era, that debate would be settled. But ...
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Does an extra glass of wine take 30 minutes off your life? That’s ‘outlandish’

A few weeks ago, the media ran wild with an outlandish claim that an extra glass of wine will take ...
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Unable to gain weight: Mice kept thin by blocking fat-storing enzyme

A compelling study from a team of researchers at the University of Copenhagen has demonstrated a way to completely stop ...
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Does birth control affect who women are attracted to?

A commonly touted theory about how women’s attraction to men works might be all wrong, suggests a new paper published this week ...
Are you a human or a dog? Some consumer DNA tests don't seem to know the difference

Are you a human or a dog? Some consumer DNA tests don’t seem to know the difference

A Chicago-based NBC station sent one reporter’s DNA to a handful of home DNA tests to compare the results. And just for ...
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5 key things we should know about the gut microbiome

Here are five of the most important questions that lie ahead for microbiome science. 1) What makes a gut microbiome ...