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Viewpoint: We can stop the infertility ‘guessing game’ by tapping into new tools, including noninvasive testing for endometriosis

Without understanding the root cause of infertility, treating it often becomes a guessing game. For doctors to effectively aid a ...
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Can computers develop human-like intelligence by imitating our own evolutionary path?

Evolutionary algorithms have been around for a long time. Traditionally, they’ve been used to solve specific problems. In each generation, ...
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What makes a murderer? MRI scans reveal reduced gray matter patterns in convicts

Kent Kiehl and his research team regularly park their long, white trailer just outside the doors of maximum-security prisons across the ...
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Viewpoint: DNA-tailored diets? Sorry, but the science isn’t there yet

Genetic testing services that tell you what to eat based on your DNA are everywhere. Will tailoring my diet to ...
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Paper popular with creationists retracted 30 years after publication

A paper by a Russian researcher who has been dogged by allegations of fraud has been retracted, 30 years to ...
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If we find alien life, how will we protect it from our own ‘microbial stowaways’?

When we venture beyond the moon, we’ll be bringing trillions of microbial stowaways with us. Which complicates things. If we ...
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Viewpoint: AI can revolutionize drug development if we can learn to trust it

The pharmaceutical industry is facing a crisis is R&D. About 50% of late-stage clinical trials fail due to ineffective drug targets, ...
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People with better memories may have better romantic relationships, study suggests

Common topics of marital disagreement are money, sex and time spent together. None of this will surprise anyone who has ...
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CRISPR-based cancer therapy passes first test with ‘encouraging’ results

The powerful gene-editing technique known as CRISPR has raised a lot of hope in recent years for its potential to offer new ...
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‘Science doesn’t align with folk beliefs’: Study refutes idea that girls don’t have minds for math

There is a widespread, not always tacit assumption that a biological gender divide in aptitude for mathematics may underpin why ...
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Extraterrestrial babies? Scientists want to know how microgravity would affect human reproduction

The plane’s rapid descent created a microgravity environment in the cockpit and for a few seconds, [pilot Daniel] González felt ...
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Viewpoint: Most Americans ‘woefully underprepared’ for bioethical decisions, including when to remove a loved one from life support

Many Americans will face some form of significant medical decision-making during their lifetimes, either for themselves or for their loved ...
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Futurist Jamie Metzl: How genetic engineering could help us live longer

Jamie Metzl is a technology and healthcare futurist and geopolitical expert, novelist, entrepreneur, media commentator, and Senior Fellow of the Atlantic ...
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‘Super rare’ mutation protected Colombian woman from Alzheimer’s disease

Most of the time when we think about genetic mutations, we think about the ones that spell disaster. But sometimes, ...
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These gene-edited pigs could eliminate shortage of human organ transplants

It’s what’s inside this animal that matters. Her body has been made a little less pig-like, with four genetic modifications ...
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Keto diet as a cancer treatment? Researchers explore potential to treat diseases, seizures

[S]cientists have known for decades that the keto diet can prevent epileptic seizures even when pharmaceutical treatments have failed. But ...
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CRISPR got an upgrade. ‘Prime editing’ offers more accurate ‘search-and-replace’

All right, let’s do this one last time. My name is CRISPR. I was made from a bacterial defense system, and ...
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Deep sleep may be critical to flushing out your brain’s ‘toxic waste’

Why sleep has restorative—or damaging—effects on cognition and brain health has been an enduring mystery in biology. Researchers think cerebrospinal ...
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Neural stem cell transplants show promise for treating stroke, Parkinson’s, spinal injuries

Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease is a genetic malady that leaves neurons without their myelin coating. This deficit has devastating consequences for the ...
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Rejuvenate Bio’s gene therapy shows promise at reversing aging—in mice

Harvard synthetic biology pioneer George Church generated some buzz last year when he co-founded Rejuvenate Bio with the goal of ...
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Viewpoint: Moving forward with human gene editing requires scientists to ‘educate, engage, and empower’ the public, policymakers

Researchers have long struggled to draw a line around ethical genome editing. While modifications to somatic cells only affect a single individual, ...
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Measles wreaks havoc on body’s immune system, making it susceptible to other infections, study shows

Measles wages war on cells of the immune system. Now two tallies of the carnage, described in the Nov. 1 Science and Science ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Denouncing’ HBO, Bill Maher for helping Dr. Jay Gordon spread vaccine misinformation

Dr. Jay Gordon (who usually likes to be called “Dr. Jay”) and I go back a long time, ever since I ...
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Chinese scientists may have figured out how to attack the protein created by Huntington’s damaged gene

Huntington's disease is caused by a dominant mutation, meaning that anyone who inherits it will develop the disease. ... Despite ...
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Chicxulub asteroid impact sparked mammal growth surge, fossil ‘trove’ shows

After an asteroid crashed into what is now Chicxulub, Mexico 66 million years ago, a chain of events occurred that ...
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Animal safety concerns prompt FDA to halt study testing Zolgensma gene therapy for spinal muscular atrophy

The Food and Drug Administration has halted a clinical trial of Novartis’ Zolgensma gene therapy due to a safety concern ...
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9 significant archaeological discoveries of the past decade, including a Neanderthal-Denisovan hybrid

Here’s a look back at some of the most significant archaeological and anthropological discoveries of the past decade that fundamentally ...
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‘Time to finish the job’: One wild polio strain stands in the way of eradication of the disease

The international effort to achieve [polio eradication] passed a major milestone [recently] with the worldwide eradication of wild poliovirus type ...