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Why we aren’t ready for routine genetic sequencing of newborns: It can ‘raise unsettling questions’

Scientists have found that, so far, a complete genetic readout would be a poor substitute for the traditional blood test ...
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Artificial intelligence doesn’t ‘think’ like we do. How can we ever trust it?

Today, digital information technology has redefined how people interact with each other socially, and even how some find their partners ...
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CRISPR used to cure HIV in mice. Will it lead to new treatments for humans?

Researchers say they have removed HIV from the DNA of mice, an achievement the scientists say could be an early ...
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Taming immune system after stroke could reduce risk of brain damage

The pathology of a stroke is deceptively complicated. In the simplest sense, strokes occur when the blood supply to a ...
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AI promises to improve cancer care through precision medicine. Oncologists are starting to agree.

To get a better handle on the collective “take” on artificial intelligence for cancer care, my colleagues and I at ...
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Tiny electric signals in the brains of comatose patients may help predict who will wake up

Researchers may have found a way to detect inklings of consciousness in comatose and vegetative patients just days after they ...
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Consumer genetic tests promise rich rewards, but can yield ‘awkward surprises’

DNA testing is all about unlocking secrets. But sometimes surrendering your saliva may also mean surrendering a bit of privacy ...
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Lone Star tick is notorious for making people allergic to red meat. It may also carry deadly Bourbon virus.

Scientists know almost nothing about how Bourbon virus behaves or how it got here or where it will show up ...
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Will China tell the world about its third controversial CRISPR baby?

The Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, held in Hong Kong last November, was meant to debate the pros ...
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Biblical Philistines came from southern Europe, suggests analysis of ancient DNA

“[P]hilistine” is still sometimes lobbed as an insult for an uncultured or crass person. But who were the Philistines, exactly? ...
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‘I’m not me’: Rare depersonalization disorder leaves patients feeling disconnected from their bodies

I would stare at my hands and think, “I’m not me.” No matter where I was, in the middle of ...
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Brain’s ‘instant replay’ system helps us make better decisions

A report published on June 27 in Science reveals how the hippocampus learns and hard wires certain experiences into memory ...
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No, plants don’t have ‘conscious awareness’, scientists argue

The remarkable ability of plants to respond to their environment has led some scientists to believe it’s a sign of ...
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First baby born in the US from transplanted uterus of deceased donor

In a first for the United States, a clinic has delivered a healthy baby from the transplanted uterus of a ...
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Should we have laws to protect our genetic privacy? DNA testing companies don’t think so

How much genetic privacy is a consumer entitled to? Congress is now pondering federal privacy rules that probably will address ...
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Artificial embryos made from stem cells could shed light on infertility, miscarriages and birth defects

Scientists have created living entities that resemble very primitive human embryos, the most advanced example of these structures yet created ...
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Night owls may have a greater risk of breast cancer, study says. But altering sleep habits is unlikely to change that.

Sleep traits could be a risk factor for breast cancer, new research suggests. Women who said they preferred to get ...
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Inside the quest to find a place in modern medicine for magic mushrooms as a treatment for depression, other mental illnesses

Today, with a net worth of roughly $400 million accrued through various enterprises, [German financier Christian] Angermayer is one of ...
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Horizontal gene transfer: The tricky part of evolution never imagined by Charles Darwin

Biologists have long recognized that the boundaries of one species may blur into another—by the process of hybridism, for instance ...
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Artificial intelligence could change the way we detect, treat breast cancer

The same technology that powers Siri and face recognition on your iPhone has also found success in medicine. By automatically ...
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Why is it so difficult to figure out if coffee, wine, eggs and other foods are good for us or not?

Do you know whether eggs are good for you? What about coffee, red wine, or chocolate? Most people probably have ...
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Cloned mini-brains could boost research into autism, other disorders

An army of free-floating minibrain clones are heading your way!  No, that’s not the premise of a classic sci-fi brain-in-jars ...
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HPV vaccinations could eliminate cervical cancer, researchers say

The success of the HPV vaccination offers hope of one day eradicating cervical cancer, say scientists who carried out a ...
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Infographic: Quantum ‘tricks’ influence photosynthesis, other biological functions

ENZYME CATALYSIS: A TUNNEL THROUGH THE BARRIER Traditional theories of enzyme catalysis hold that the proteins speed up reactions by ...
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‘Uncharted territory’: Doctors struggle with patient demand for unproven CBD supplements

[Jacqueline] French, a neurologist at New York University’s Langone Health, tries to steer her patients away from sprinting to the ...
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How Nazi Germany pioneered the use of performance enhancing drugs in WWII

The remarkable endurance of German and Allied soldiers during World War II had a secret ingredient: performance-enhancing drugs. During the ...
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Should CRISPR be used to resurrect passenger pigeons, woolly mammoths and other extinct species?

The planet is getting warmer, we're poisoning insect populations with reckless abandon and pulling fish out of the ocean at ...
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Vaccines for influenza, other diseases will be ‘printed’ at home in the future

Rather than warehouses of refrigerated cures for static diseases, we need a highly distributed agile system for producing vaccines and ...