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Viewpoint: Outrage over $2 million price tag for new gene therapy is perplexing and disappointing

As someone who has lived with spinal muscular atrophy for all 30 years of my life, I was perplexed and ...
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Stem cell therapy helps mice regain their sense of smell. Will it work in humans?

Smells, like the tangy scent of the ocean or the acrid odor of smoke, are powerful cues that shape our ...
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Why we have to look for early signs of psychosis in people with autism

Most young autistic people do not and will not have psychosis or schizophrenia. As a class, psychotic disorders are relatively rare ...
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Cancer patients should get quicker access to unapproved drugs through FDA ‘concierge service’

The Food and Drug Administration plans to provide “concierge service” to doctors seeking access to unapproved drugs for cancer patients ...
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These dietary supplements could slow your aging. But they might also increase your cancer risk.

As the world’s aging population grows rapidly, so has its appetite for health tips, tricks and products that could help ...
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Olympian Caster Semenya cleared to compete as a woman without taking testosterone-reducing drugs

Runner Caster Semenya will be allowed to compete without having to take testosterone-reducing medication after a Swiss court ordered the ...
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Inside the brains of Neanderthals: Were they capable of ‘symbolic and abstract thinking’?

We know from the archaeological record that much of Neanderthal hunting, foraging, and toolmaking behavior was quite similar to that ...
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Environmental DNA offers glimpses of the ‘ancient world in a few grains of sand’

Somewhere in a remote cave in western Georgia, a few dozen miles east of the Black Sea shore, scientists on ...
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‘Testes in overdrive’: Male efforts to improve attractiveness can damage ability to have children

Scientists have uncovered an evolutionary paradox where men damage their ability to have children during efforts to make themselves look ...
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AI discovers new autism-linked mutations in ‘junk’ DNA

Many mutations in DNA that contribute to disease are not in actual genes but instead lie in the 99% of ...
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Congress renews ban on editing human embryos, despite calls from scientists touting research benefits

A House committee on Tuesday [June 4] restored to pending legislation a ban on altering the genomes of human embryos ...
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‘Illogical and inappropriate’: How anti-vaxxers use 23andMe genetic tests to avoid vaccines

San Francisco’s city attorney subpoenaed a doctor accused of giving illegal medical exemptions from vaccination, based on “two 30-minute visits ...
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Rapid mutation: Why future Mars’ colonists could evolve into a ‘completely different species’

In a new interview with Inverse, evolutionary biologist and Rice University professor Scott Solomon thinks it’s worth asking what will happen to Mars colonists in ...
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Attacking cancer tumors with next generation CAR-T cell therapies

In 2017, the first immuno-oncology cell therapies, known as chimeric antigen receptor T cells, or CAR T, were approved by the ...
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Is there any point in living longer if we can’t stay young?

Aging, like bankruptcy in Hemingway’s description, happens two ways, slowly and then all at once. ... "...Over the past century, ...
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Video: Alzheimer’s and the disappointing history of amyloid research

The idea that sticky brain plaques cause Alzheimer’s disease began as an interesting hypothesis and eventually became drug industry dogma. Now, ...
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‘Immune amnesia’: Why measles makes you more vulnerable to infections that cause pneumonia, ear infections, diarrhea

The most iconic thing about measles is the rash — red, livid splotches that make infection painfully visible. But that ...
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Some ‘quite effective’ US Civil War ‘folk’ medicines could lead to modern treatments

With conventional medicines in short supply during the Civil War, the Confederacy turned to plant-based alternatives in desperation. New research ...
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10-minute cancer test? Researcher explains breakthrough discovery

Matt Trau, a professor of chemistry at the University of Queensland, stunned the science world back in December [2018] when ...
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Why the results of your genetic ancestry test will change over time

23andMe caused Leonard Kim not one identity crisis but two. The first came in 2016, when Kim, who was raised ...
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How the right diet could slow cancer growth through ‘metabolic therapy’

Doctors are starting to think more about specific nutrients that feed tumor cells. That is, how what we eat affects ...
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Your own fruit fly ‘avatars’ could boost precision medicine treatments

Personalized cancer medicine involves looking at an individual’s genome and cancer growth to help find more effective ways of screening ...
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Do creative minds draw inspiration from a special place in the brain?

By using the dorsomedial part of what scientists refer to as the brain’s “default network,” creative people can stretch their ...
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Infographic: These supercomputers mimic human brains to boost computing power

Neuromorphic hardware takes a page from the architecture of animal nervous systems, relaying signals via spiking that is akin to ...
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Viewpoint: God, by definition, cannot be ‘all powerful’

The traditional definition of God credits him with three attributes: moral perfection, omniscience, and omnipotence. … But is that right? ...
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Why you may have invented your earliest childhood memories

Around four out of every 10 of us have fabricated our first memory, according to researchers. This is thought to be ...
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Google’s AI beats human doctors at diagnosing lung cancer in study

One of lung cancer’s most lethal attributes is its ability to trick radiologists. Some nodules appear threatening but turn out ...
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Do we really seek partners who look like our parents?

Time and again, we’ve heard the assertion that we’re attracted to partners who look like our parents. … An example ...