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Nature can be toxic: Many common herbal remedies can dangerously interact with medications

My patients often consider herbal remedies to be free of side effects, but many “natural” products can lead to toxicity ...
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Meet Garlic, China’s first ever cloned cat

Devastated by the death of his previous cat, Garlic, Huang [Yu] sought the services of biotechnology company Sinogene. The Beijing-based ...
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Biological passports? How anti-doping organizations catch cheating athletes

As athletes experiment with drugs that can help give them an edge over their competition, they tweak their strategies to ...
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Human carelessness one of the ‘biggest risks if we encounter extraterrestrial life’

As humans explore the solar system, the tantalizing possibility of discovering extraterrestrial life continues to pop up. But the goal ...
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What should you do after you take a DNA test? Delete your data.

[D]irect-to-consumer DNA testing is highly unregulated. A genetic test in the doctor's office is protected by HIPAA laws, which limit its sharing ...
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Left-handed? Genes link handedness to language facility but also schizophrenia and anorexia

Despite its ubiquity to the human experience, there are lots of unresolved questions related to handedness, such as how lefty ...
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Thanks to IVF, 73-year-old Indian woman just became the ‘oldest new mother ever documented’

An Indian woman named Erramatti Mangayamma has seemingly made history by becoming the oldest new mother ever documented. Her doctors ...
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On verge of extinction, polio sweeps through Pakistan thanks to anti-vax movement

Polio is making a troubling comeback in Pakistan, and it is being driven by some of the same forces spreading measles ...
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Processed foods key factor in uptick in colorectal cancer among young adults?

Although still rare, affecting roughly 4 percent of adults over their lifetimes, according to the National Cancer Institute, colorectal cancer is becoming ...
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Gene editing used in China in a failed but promising attempt to cure HIV

Scientists in China have used CRISPR gene-editing technology to treat a patient with HIV, but it didn't cure the patient, ...
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Obesity and diabetes cure? CRISPR might be used to ‘silence’ key gene found in unhealthy fat

The gene FABP4 is highly active in adipose tissue and known to be a major contributor to obesity and related ...
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New analysis of Dead Sea scrolls reveals minerals not typically from region

The Dead Sea scrolls have given up fresh secrets, with researchers saying they have identified a previously unknown technique used ...
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‘More versatile and less error prone’ SATI gene editing could eventually replace CRISPR

[S]cientists at the Salk Institute have developed a potential game changer in this field – a new gene editor called ...
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‘Artificial’ memory and identity’: Scientists create memories ‘indistinguishable’ from natural ones—in mice

Experience and memory are inexorably linked, or at least they seemed to be before a recent report on the formation of completely ...
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‘Are Neanderthals just another version of us’?

As scientists peer further back in time and uncover evolutionary relationships in unprecedented detail, their findings are complicating the narrative ...
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A businessman’s daughter has an ‘ultra-rare’ disease, so he immersed himself in science to find a gene therapy cure

Simon and Nina Frost had spared no expense, taking Annabel to all the best neurologists around the country. Finally a ...
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Viewpoint: Animal rights activists ‘reckless’ and ‘inhumane’ for pushing back against animal testing to find an AIDS vaccine

In July, researchers eliminated HIV from the genome of a mouse using antiviral therapy and CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing. It was the first ...
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Can DNA from Loch Ness help solve 86-year old monster mystery?

It was a science story made for the headlines: a monster, more than a thousand years of mystery and maybe, ...
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Hormone therapy to treat menopause results in increased breast cancer risk

Certain hormone replacement therapies have long been tied to an increased risk of breast cancer. Now, new research suggests that in ...
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‘Permanent fix’ for melanoma, blindness, sickle cell? CRISPR gene editing tackles diseases

In the past 12 months, four clinical trials launched in the United States to use CRISPR to treat and potentially cure patients ...
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This ‘simple blood test’ could catch concussions missed by CT scans

Many patients with concussion have normal CT scans and are discharged from the hospital without follow-up. But a blood test ...
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Behavior goes ‘haywire’: How strep throat may trigger OCD, anxiety in children

[Pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorder associated with streptococcal infections, or PANDAS] is as puzzling for researchers as it is for the ...
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Gender nonconforming Americans can now choose neither male nor female on their licenses in many states

A growing number of states and companies are allowing people to designate their gender as “X” instead of male or ...
First real anti-aging drug on the horizon? Common drugs turned back body’s epigenetic clock 2.5 years in small trial

First real anti-aging drug on the horizon? Common drugs turned back body’s epigenetic clock 2.5 years in small trial

A small clinical study in California has suggested for the first time that it might be possible to reverse the ...
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‘Genealogical anxiety’ and why questioning the genesis of your core beliefs ‘can liberate you’

I recently encountered a term for a syndrome that has bugged me since childhood: genealogical anxiety. The phrase was coined by ...
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First people in the Americas arrived by Pacific pathway, new evidence suggests

Around 14,800 years ago, the Cordilleran Ice Sheet separated from its neighboring Laurentide Ice Sheet, creating an ice-free corridor that ...
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Gates Foundation awards $12 million to teams hunting for universal flu vaccine

Scientific teams from inside and outside the world of influenza research have been awarded funding to try to unlock mysteries ...
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Transplant shortage? Don’t generate human organs in animals, use stem cell technology to develop organoids

Xenotransplantation experiments, generating human organs in animals for transplantation, are being conducted in sheep, pigs, and, recently, in nonhuman primates ...