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Inside the cave where Neanderthals and Denisovans may have shared a home

Mysterious ancient hominids known as Denisovans and their evolutionary cousins, Neandertals, frequented a southern Siberian cave starting a surprisingly long ...
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Genetically modified chickens lay cancer-treating eggs

Researchers have genetically modified chickens that can lay eggs that contain drugs for arthritis and some cancers. The drugs are ...
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Precision medicine for dogs? Silicon Valley startup wants to make it happen

When pet dogs are diagnosed with cancer, they typically get surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation — that is, of course, if ...
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‘Software’ differences between monkey, human brains could explain our susceptibility to mental illness

Neuroscientists have for the first time discovered differences between the ‘software’ of humans and monkey brains, using a technique that ...
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Viewpoint: Biologist Craig Mello knew about the CRISPR babies. Why his silence was ‘not acceptable’

The Associated Press reports that Nobel laureate and biologist Craig Mello was aware of a pregnancy in China involving gene-edited ...
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Improving CRISPR gene editing of human cells with an ‘off switch’

For all its gene-editing prowess, mechanistically CRISPR is a bit like a power tool with a broken “off” switch. Hear ...
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How your history with the flu could shape your body’s response to vaccines

If you’ve ever gotten a flu shot — and then, later that season, gotten the flu — you were more ...
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Were humans superior to Neanderthals? Or just luckier?

Prof Clive Finlayson, director of the Gibraltar Museum, explains why some old assumptions about the intellectual capabilities of our evolutionary ...
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How long can bacteria live? 500-year experiment could provide answers

In the year 2514, some future scientist will arrive at the University of Edinburgh (assuming the university still exists), open ...
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Some of us may have ‘divine healing’ poop for treatment of gut disorders

Scientists often seem to be on a quest for sacred chalices or sterling ammo. But a group of microbiologists has ...
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‘Russian blues’: How language shapes the way our brains perceive the world

Does the language you speak influence how you think? This is the question behind the famous linguistic relativity hypothesis, that the grammar ...
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Questions arise over US scientist’s role in CRISPR baby controversy

An American scientist at Rice University was far more involved in the widely condemned “CRISPR babies” experiment than has previously ...
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Rodent-targeting gene drive could be delivered through CRISPR

Scientists are getting closer to creating a genetic pest-control measure against rodents. Female mice engineered to carry a genetic cut-and-paste machine ...
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Could ‘aggressively’ attacking high blood pressure prevent cognitive decline?

Some five million Americans live with dementia, most often Alzheimer’s disease. And it’s almost certain that as the general population ...
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A breakthrough cure for cancer? Beware the hype

There is a good rule of thumb – whenever a headline asks a question, especially a provocative question, the answer ...
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Autism, attention deficit disorder share ‘significant’ genetic links, sibling study shows

Children who have an older sibling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are at an increased risk of having autism, ...
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Have addictive personalities aided human evolution?

We’re so inundated with bleak facts about addiction that it may be hard to perceive any silver lining. It’s nearly ...
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Ancestry results for identical twins illustrate flaws in consumer genetic testing

One set of identical twins, two different ancestry profiles. At least that's the suggestion from one of the world's largest ...
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How climate change could skew the gender ratio

Global warming will have a variety of effects on our planet, yet it may also directly impact our human biology, ...
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First clinical trials for controversial ‘3-parent’ fertility treatment begin

[A] 32-year-old Greek woman, who’d previously undergone two operations for endometriosis and four unsuccessful cycles of IVF, once again returned ...
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‘CRISPR babies’ prompt review of international gene-editing guidelines: They ‘were not clear enough’

Less than two years after producing an exhaustive report on human genome editing, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the National ...
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Understanding the ‘little brain’ could be key to treating autism, addiction

For about two centuries the scientific community believed the cerebellum (Latin for “little brain”), which contains approximately half of the ...
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Push to use gene editing to fight invasive predators rejected in New Zealand

A lobby group is calling for an end to a ban on investigating whether genetic technologies could be used to kill predators ...
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China’s latest ‘ethical mess’: Cloning diseased gene-edited monkeys

Chinese researchers have cloned five gene-edited monkeys with a host of genetic disease symptoms, according to two scientific papers published ...
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Japan approves stem-cell therapy for spinal cord injuries—but does it even work?

Japan has approved a stem-cell treatment for spinal-cord injuries. The event marks the first such therapy for this kind of ...
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Alzheimer’s vaccine shows promise in early stages

For two decades, biotech companies trying to tackle Alzheimer’s disease have had little success. While vaccines have often shown promise for certain ...
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CRISPR explained: Everything you need to know

Here’s everything you need to know about the complex and sometimes controversial technology driving the gene-editing revolution. CRISPR evolved as ...
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Do we have an undiscovered human ancestor? AI says it’s likely

Through artificial intelligence (AI), scientists have now learned that we may have a completely new and as yet unidentified subspecies ...