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11-29-2018 Neanderthal-human-interbreeding

Human, Neanderthal mating was more than just a ‘one night stand’, study suggests

Once upon a time, prehistoric humans and our ancient Neanderthal cousins met and procreated. Except, that ‘once upon a time’ ...
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Can we restore ‘sight’ with brain implants, electrical currents?

In a sense, our eyes are sophisticated cameras; the brain’s visual cortex runs the software that tells us what we’re seeing. … What about ...
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Viewpoint: Why we need to better understand sexual orientation, gender identity in autism

In contemporary media, portrayals of autistic people are typically stereotyped and conventional: heterosexual, cisgender and, more often than not, naïve ...
11-26-2018 HDPatientatEdgemoor

Rethinking confidentiality: Does a child have the right to know if a parent has the Huntington’s disease gene?

Lawyers are bringing a case against a London hospital trust that could trigger major changes to the rules governing patient ...
Converting thought to speech: Brain implants could help paralyzed patients communicate

Converting thought to speech: Brain implants could help paralyzed patients communicate

[Neurosurgeon Ashesh Mehta] was operating on [an] epilepsy patient to determine the source of seizures. But the patient agreed to ...
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Genome surgeons target genetic disease at the source

[Delaney Van Riper] was born with a rare genetic disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth, or CMT, which is slowly eroding her nerve cells’ ...
11-28-2018 186589_web

Why humans may not be to blame for ancient African mammal extinction

New research has disputed a longstanding view that early humans helped wipe out many of the large mammals that once ...
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Missing data? African study shows why we need to expand the human reference genome

The human genome sequence, first published in 2001, has some important information missing. The latest version of it, called GRCh38, ...
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Baboons given heart transplants from genetically engineered pigs—humans could be next

In four adjacent enclosures transplantation researcher Bruno Reichart kept four happy baboons. … Most importantly, he says, they were healthy ...
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How Russian ‘disinformation’ could threaten our biosecurity

In a series of increasingly confrontational statements, Russia has suggested that the Pentagon is establishing a chain of bio-weapons labs ...
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Using single-cell sequencing to refine the search for disease culprits

[S]cientists, using a powerful technology called single-cell sequencing, have begun to peel apart the precise mechanisms of how individual cells ...
11-27-2018 Holobiont-image2

Are our microbes part of us? ‘Radical upgrade’ of evolutionary theory

Look closely enough at any plant or animal and you will discover a riot of bacteria, fungi and viruses forming ...
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Viewpoint: DNA fitness test claims are ‘misleading’

The sales pitch is compelling: By revealing the secrets locked inside your DNA, genetic testing can optimize your workout gains ...
11-26-2018 F1.large (1)

‘Cutting-edge’ artificial cells could boost precision medicine efforts

No biologist would mistake the microscopic "cells" that chemical biologist Neal Devaraj and colleagues are whipping up at the University ...
11-20-2018 medically accurate illustration of human sperms

Targeting sperm in the quest for a contraceptive that doesn’t use hormones

Scientists are trying to create a new kind of contraception with a novel tactic: tangling up sperm so they can’t ...
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‘Scarier than we knew’: Dementia-causing prions can spread through the eyes

One of the strangest things that can sicken us—a rogue misfolded protein that destroys the brain, known as a prion—is ...
11-27-2018 can-scientists-clone-a-woolly-mammoth-should-theys-featured-photo

5 things we know about ancient woolly mammoths

Here are some of the latest insights into daily lives and eventual disappearance of the prehistoric proboscidean: 1. Mammoth diets ...
11-18-2018 frontiers-in-aging-neuroscience-bacteria-alzheimers-research-topic

Not so-sterile brains? Researchers find harmless bacteria living there

In the latest example of bacteria being "literally everywhere," scientists appear to have found evidence of microbes living harmlessly in ...
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Controversial Chinese scientist behind CRISPR babies is missing

The current whereabouts of He Jiankui—the scientist who claims to have engineered the world’s first genetically modified human babies—is unknown ...
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Genetically modified humans? Here’s why they already exist

It felt as if humanity had crossed an important line: In China, a scientist named He Jiankui announced on Monday ...
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Attacking Parkinson’s with ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells

Japanese neurosurgeons have implanted ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells into the brain of a patient with Parkinson’s disease for the first time ...
11-20-2018 Cancer_MainArt_1280x720

Only half of psychology studies can be replicated. That’s a big problem

Over the past few years, an international team of almost 200 psychologists has been trying to repeat a set of ...
11-19-2018 designer-baby (2)

‘Wild and frightening possibilities’: How AI and genomics could affect reproduction

[Jamie] Metzl is a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and author of the upcoming book Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and ...
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Viewpoint: Why we need a 3-year moratorium on gene-edited babies

Chinese researcher He [Jiankui] dropped the bomb with his claim that he produced twin CRISPR’d babies. He cited a 2017 National Academies ...
race 11 30 18

What if you think you’re black, but your DNA test disagrees?

Three years ago, when Sigrid E. Johnson was 62, she got a call from a researcher seeking volunteers for a ...
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Viewpoint: What FDA’s Scott Gottlieb is missing in the gene-edited baby debate

I am a huge fan of FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. ... But in his comments on the news that gene ...
11-29-2018 acute-flaccid-myelitis-orville-young-660

Inside the quest to solve mystery disease paralyzing kids

To parents and the press, the “new” disease that is paralyzing kids is a mystery. Media coverage of acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), ...
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Improving human sperm with gene editing? Harvard researcher moves forward as scientists debate CRISPR babies

In the wild uproar around an experiment in China that created twin girls whose genes were altered to protect them ...