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Could we be designing babies from a menu of genetic options in 2045?

The year is 2045. The genomes of four billion humans have been sequenced, creating a huge pool of genetic information ...
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‘Ancient lion’: Meet the largest carnivore we’ve ever discovered

Twenty-three million years ago, a giant carnivore larger than any modern-day lion or polar bear stalked sub-Saharan Africa, according to ...
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Off-target RNA mutations: Why this ‘more precise genome-editing’ technique needs improvement

Base editors designed to convert one DNA nucleotide to another may also perform large numbers of unwanted edits to RNA, ...
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Why loss of sleep is ‘having a catastrophic impact on our health’

According to neuroscientist Matthew Walker, I'm doing serious damage to my health—and life—by not sleeping enough. "The decimation of sleep ...
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Turning brain signals into speech using artificial intelligence moves closer to reality

In an effort to provide a voice for people who can’t speak, neuroscientists have designed a device that can transform ...
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Fine-tuning CAR-T cancer therapy could eliminate serious side effects, study says

A novel approach to CAR-T cancer therapy promises to upend what has become a truism in medicine: that the treatment’s dramatic effect ...
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Medieval crusader armies had remarkable genetic diversity

Crusader armies were made up of people from remarkably genetically diverse backgrounds, hailing not just from western Europe but also much further ...
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Viewpoint: Male birth control pills won’t make much difference if men aren’t eager to use them

It’s not enough to simply invent male contraception and bring it to market; we have to be in a place ...
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This funny-looking helmet could treat depression by ‘rewiring’ the brain

[Recent] weeks have been frenetic for Bre Hushaw, who is now known to millions of people as the girl in ...
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An hour of exercise a week might be enough to stave off brain shrinkage, study shows

Staying fit could help keep your brain from shrinking and aging in your older years, suggests a new study out ...
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Infographic: US cancer death rates have been dropping steadily after many peaked in the early 1990s

The chart provides longer-run trends in cancer death rates, from 1930 in the United States... . Overall, particularly in lung ...
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Can genetic engineering save the world’s coral reefs from climate change?

The relentless rise of global temperatures is imperiling coral reefs around the world. Just 75 kilometers offshore from the research ...
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‘Massive step forward’: Lab-grown mini-brain twitches a muscle

Floating inside a petri dish in a lab at Cambridge University, a single disjointed muscle twitched. Normally that’s not news ...
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‘Encyclopedia’ of cancer mutations could pinpoint new carcinogens

Previously, scientists have had only a limited number of tools for working out the cause of an individual’s tumor. As ...
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PTSD and other psychological traumas may increase risk of cardiovascular disease

People coping with psychological trauma have a heightened risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a large-scale study finds. Researchers used national ...
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Viewpoint: AI may boost our diagnostic abilities, but it’s not ready to replace human doctors

I read a recent article in Nature Medicine about new inroads in deploying artificial intelligence (AI) in pediatrics. In the article, researchers ...
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Redefining the Neanderthal: Were they more sophisticated than we thought?

A new body of research has emerged that’s transformed our image of Neanderthals. Through advances in archaeology, dating, genetics, biological ...
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CRISPR ‘moving out of the lab’ in first US cancer trial

We've finally reached the moment when CRISPR is moving out of the lab and into the clinic around the world ...
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An Italian family’s curious insensitivity to pain

Shortly after her sixth birthday, while climbing a pole in a neighbor’s yard in the Tuscan city of Siena, [scientist ...
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Costly CAR T-cell therapy gets boost with Medicare proposal to increase reimbursements

Medicare officials on [April 23] proposed increasing reimbursements for a groundbreaking but costly cancer therapy used for patients whose blood ...
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Can genetic matchmaking help us find a healthier true love?

Ever since his work on [the Human Genome Project, geneticist George Church has] been trying to sequence the rest of ...
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‘Biotech fantasy’? This startup wants to kill cancer by targeting RNA with new generation of pills

Arrakis Therapeutics is named for the desert planet in the legendary “Dune” series of science-fiction novels. It’s an apt name because ...
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Stonehenge mystery solved! DNA analysis tells us where builders came from

The ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean before reaching Britain, a study has shown ...
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Can genetics help explain why some people make more money than others?

The UK Biobank is the single largest public genetic repository in the world... . But when David Hill, a statistical ...
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Too much of a good thing? Why empathy has a ‘dark side’

Empathy seems like a good quality in human beings. Pure and simple. It allows us to consider the perspective of ...
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Families plagued by inherited diseases push back against ban on gene-edited embryos

In 2012, scientists showed that CRISPR, an ancient bacterial immune system, can edit DNA. ... Barely three years after, leaders in ...
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Were the Denisovans a collection of 3 different species?

A new study using genetic data is offering an intriguing new look into the history of the Denisovans, revealing them as a ...
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Does LSD microdosing change how people see the world?

You’ve probably heard about microdosing, the “productivity hack” popular among Silicon Valley engineers and business leaders. Microdosers take regular small doses of LSD ...