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Monitoring biodiversity: Project seeks to catalog arctic life through ‘DNA Barcoding’

[Molecular biologist Inger Greye] Alsos is currently taking part in the formidable task of genetically identifying not just all the ...
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Infographic: 5-year US cancer survival rates are on the rise

Despite increasing global cancer deaths, cancer death rates across many types have been falling. This is partly attributed to earlier ...
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Why a mysterious fungus could herald a dangerous era in drug-resistant infections

A fungus called Candida auris preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe ...
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‘Only child’ no more: DNA test reveals woman has at least 29 brothers and sisters

For Shauna Harrison, her journey from only child to a sister with 29 siblings started with a revisit to her 23andme ...
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First 3D heart printed with human tissue could mark key step toward transplantable organs

Scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels on Monday [April 15, 2019], ...
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Why esketamine will force doctors to rethink office visits for depressed patients

The Food and Drug Administration approved esketamine (Spravato) for treatment-resistant depression to be administered under physician supervision. It’s a derivative of ...
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Virtual reality helps autistic children tackle phobias

One tool that is being embraced by therapists, counselors, teachers, parents and their children to help those with autism to better ...
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How the evolution of our ability to run marathons ‘made us human’

Let’s call it the “running made us human” hypothesis: According to some scientists, distance running was key to our ancestors’ ...
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Can light-activated CRISPR lead to new treatments for cancer, diabetes?

Engineers are making their mark on biotech’s hottest commodity. Chinese scientists [April 3] reported that they can control the gene editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 with ...
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Is one genetic mutation responsible for human endurance?

Studies suggest that a mutation caused humans to lose function of the CMAH gene two to three million years ago—around ...
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Testing human intelligence by putting our brain genes in monkeys

Human intelligence is one of evolution’s most consequential inventions. It is the result of a sprint that started millions of ...
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Philippines cave yields mysterious new human ancestor: Homo luzonensis

Ancient bones and teeth found in Callao Cave in the Philippines have led to the discovery of a previously unknown ...
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Treating OCD and other anxiety disorders with brief, intensive therapy

For nearly 20 years [Thomas] Ollendick has been testing briefer, more intensive forms of [cognitive-behavioral therapy] for childhood anxiety disorders ...
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When cancer becomes contagious: Seeking better understanding of rare transmissible forms of the disease

The untrained eye likely wouldn’t have noticed, but doctoral student Ruth Pye immediately spotted something unusual about the way the cells were ...
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Viewpoint: DNA data ‘rat race’ bringing down costs of precision medicine but perils of security risks escalate

It is said that this is the best of times for direct to consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies, human disease ...
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‘Wildly popular’ and unproven probiotics may interfere with some treatments

Probiotics are wildly popular. After all, the microbial cocktails are available over the counter and have been shown to be ...
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Restoring sense of smell with a brain implant

After a concussion left [Scott] Moorehead without a sense of smell six years ago, these losses were all he could ...
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Viewpoint: Gene-edited kids are no riskier than the non-edited variety

"The introduction of genetic modifications into future generations could have permanent and possibly harmful effects on the species," a group ...
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North Dakota fossil site may be ‘most sensational’ glimpse of final minutes of dinosaur reign

Sixty-six million years ago, an immense asteroid smacked into what is now the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico, triggering global devastation ...
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Can genetic tests predict our cancer risk?

The [UK] health secretary, Matt Hancock, [recently] shared his shock at discovering that he is at greater than average risk for ...
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Headache or brain tumor: How can we tell the difference?

A news report out [April 1] highlights an unfortunate situation of a young woman in the United Kingdom who claims repeated doctor ...
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5 things to consider with direct-to-consumer health products

Direct-to-consumer (DTC) versions of teeth alignment kits, genetic tests, hearing aids, heart-rhythm monitors, neurostimulation devices, and mental health tools are ...
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How mass shootings and other traumas could impact mental health, suicide risk

Two teenagers who survived the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., took their own lives ...
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Can CAR-T cell therapy tackle solid tumors too?

Last summer, [Cecelia] Barron’s cancer went from stage 2 to stage 3 oligodendroglioma. Behnam Badie, her surgeon at City of Hope, ...
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After another failed clinical trial, new Alzheimer’s treatment attacks disease from ‘different angle’

The field of Alzheimer’s research is one filled with disappointment. [Recently], yet another drug failed its Phase 3 clinical trial, ...
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We face a host of new ethical questions including: Who actually owns your DNA?

DNA is one of the greatest medical discoveries ever. Using the tools of contemporary genetics, physicians and scientists can explore ...
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FamilyTreeDNA launches effort to help FBI crack cold cases with its consumer DNA database

A private genetic testing company who agreed earlier this year to work with the FBI in an effort to solve crimes like ...
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Why Microsoft wants to design a system that stores data in DNA

DNA is emerging as an ultra-compact way of storing it all, and now researchers supported by Microsoft have created the first ...