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‘The numbers’ tell us that anti-vaxxers may not be to blame for recent measles outbreaks

On June 5, the number of measles cases in the U.S. this year passed 1,000, a milestone the country last ...
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Not a morning person? Maybe it’s because of your genes

I'm not a morning person because I'm lazy, but because it's coded into my genes.  I've learned this thanks to ...
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Viewpoint: Biological terrorism isn’t as scary as you may think

As new biological techniques advance, there are justifiable concerns these technologies could be used to create manmade pandemics. These worries ...
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How your personality is influenced by your physical appearance

Known as “facultative personality calibration”, this is the idea that our personalities develop in a way that best suits the ...
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Viewpoint: Fake autism treatments driven by fear and ignorance

NBC News recently published an exposé on the dangerous and all-too-common practice of orally and anally administering bleach-based treatments to ...
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Podcast: Talking CRISPR with controversial biohacker Josiah Zayner

Is biohacking a crime? Who came up with the latest CRISPR trick? And did Rage Against the Machine sell out? ...
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Like it or not, the ‘Pandora’s box’ of gene-edited babies has been opened

Denis Rebrikov is the head of a genome-editing laboratory at the Kulakov National Medical Research Center for Obstetrics, Russia’s largest ...
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UB-311: Could this vaccine protect against Alzheimer’s?

Most vaccines prepare our body’s immune system to fight off so-called exogenous disease, such as measles or flu, caused by ...
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5 ways we could pay for expensive life-saving gene therapies

We have arrived at a special moment in health care. Innovative, life-changing gene therapies are here that will cure or ...
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How consumer genetic testing is ending paternal secrecy—for better or worse

When Nara Milanich wrote Paternity: The Elusive Quest for the Father—a history of the scientific, legal, and social conceptions of ...
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Video: Tech guru and author Rob Reid on synthetic biology’s power to help or destroy us

In 2011, two separate research teams—one in Holland, the other in Wisconsin—set out to repair this "defect" in H5N1. By ...
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US Stem Cell Clinic ordered to halt controversial treatment that blinded 4 patients

A federal judge issued an order [June 25] barring a Florida-based stem-cell company from performing an unapproved procedure that blinded ...
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US patent office reopens Broad Institute—University of California CRISPR patent dispute

The U.S. patent office has declared an interference between a dozen key patents awarded to the Broad Institute on the ...
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Can stress be measured through a single drop of blood?

[T]he holy grail of stress diagnostics would be a reliable biomarker; a biological measuring stick that would sum up all ...
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Women are more likely to get autoimmune diseases. Is the placenta to blame?

In the United States alone, women represent 80 percent of all cases of autoimmune disease. ... Some scientists now think ...
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Remembering that fossils once had lives—long before we discovered their ancient bones

Fossils are the only remaining traces of once-living beings, and their collective and individual lived experiences simply cannot be known ...
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Why the world needs a DNA-based ‘threat-detection network’ to counter the rapid spread of pathogens

Our ancestors were accustomed to spending their entire lives in walking distance of their birthplace, but our modern world is ...
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Fasting as a treatment for Alzheimer’s? Preliminary research indicates benefits

[Neuroscientist Mark] Mattson has spent decades researching calorie intake and Alzheimer’s disease. In several studies of mice genetically altered to ...
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Drugs used for depression, epilepsy may increase risk of dementia, study shows

Scientists have long found a possible link between anticholinergic drugs and an increased risk of dementia.  A study published in ...
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Why Donald Trump and other politicians shouldn’t promise a cancer cure

President Trump made a new promise if voters grant him a second term: “We will come up with the cures ...
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DNA testing companies launch privacy ‘coalition’ to protect consumer data

Genetic testing companies are forming a new coalition on best practices for handling DNA information and to promote the industry ...
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Human brains are drawn to the sound of music

In the eternal search for understanding what makes us human, scientists found that our brains are more sensitive to pitch, ...
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Can you become addicted to pot? This gene increases your risk.

Danish researchers have for the first time identified a gene that increases the risk for cannabis use disorder. About 10 ...
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Why we can’t do anything about a Russian scientist’s plans to create more CRISPR babies

Two influential leaders in science for the first time publicly condemned a Russian biologist who said he plans to produce ...
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Controversial new drug meant to increase sexual desire in women is approved for sale

The Food and Drug Administration approved a controversial drug meant to increase women’s desire for sex, a treatment that has ...
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Facing Ebola outbreak, Uganda approves 3 experimental treatments

Health authorities in Uganda have approved the use of three experimental treatments against Ebola in the country. The decision comes ...
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Why scientists are hesitant to declare a species extinct

If so many species are going extinct, why don’t we hear about new extinctions every day?  The answer to that ...
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Surgically implanted chips could boost memory for people with traumatic brain injuries

Over the past five years, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) has invested $77 million to develop devices ...