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Viewpoint: What is ‘consciousness’ and what role does it play in evolution?

One of the biggest challenges in evolutionary science is to explain the evolution of consciousness. While that is widely recognized, ...
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‘Genome profiling’—not gene editing—could offer easiest path to smarter babies

For the foreseeable future, editing embryos to enhance IQ is a sci-fi fantasy. A different approach aimed at enhancing IQ ...
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Can we slow aging by killing off toxic cells? This small human study passed its first test

A red-hot anti-aging strategy quietly passed its first test earlier this year after 14 volunteers took drugs meant to kill off ...
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Demand surges for genetic autism testing in Europe

In France, some two-thirds of autistic children receive some kind of genetic test, paid for by the national health service ...
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Failure of first US uterine transplant blamed on organ donation system

On March 7, 2016, doctors at the Cleveland Clinic introduced the nation to Lindsey McFarland, the first person to undergo a ...
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Could this fossilized footprint belong to one of the last Neanderthals ‘ever to walk the Earth’?

Researchers have discovered an array of fossilized footprints in an ancient sand dune in Gibraltar, the small British territory on ...
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We know how the brain perceives shapes and colors. But what about time?

Marc Howard, a cognitive neuroscientist now at Boston University, and Karthik Shankar, who was then one of his postdoctoral students, wanted ...
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Did China’s CRISPR babies have their brains enhanced? It’s possible.

The brains of two genetically edited girls born in China last year may have been changed in ways that enhance ...
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Rare brain disorder—Angelman syndrome—could be treated with gene therapy in the womb

Scientists are developing a radical form of gene therapy that could cure a devastating medical disorder by mending mutations in the brains ...
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Should all women get BRCA genetic testing as part of ‘routine medical care’? Key panel says ‘no’

Primary care providers should screen women for personal, family and/or ethnic history of breast, ovarian, tubal or peritoneal cancer to ...
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Esketamine could soon be approved for depression, prompting ‘excitement and hesitation’

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to decide in the coming weeks whether to approve esketamine, which would become the ...
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‘Young blood’ plasma treatments unproven, possibly dangerous, says FDA

Federal health regulators on [February 19] warned consumers against controversial “young blood” treatments — plasma infusions from young donors marketed for conditions ...
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Artificial intelligence could have a future diagnosing sick children, study says

With the money and time that visits to the ER and urgent care soak up, the chance to revisit old-fashioned ...
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Brain implants could soon join fight against severe depression

With powerful computational methods, scientists have recently zeroed in on some key features of depressed brains. Those hallmarks include certain ...
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Viewpoint: There’s reason to be skeptical of ‘fountain of youth’ pills

Renowned Harvard University geneticist David Sinclair recently made a startling assertion: Scientific data shows he has knocked more than two ...
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Far from sterile: Breast milk ‘teeming’ with bacteria

Until relatively recently, most researchers thought that breast milk was sterile. But it turns out that, like most other body parts ...
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First human test for gene therapy targeting most common cause of blindness

A woman from Oxford has become the first person in the world to have gene therapy to try to halt ...
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Do all breast cancer patients need genetic testing?

The nation’s breast surgeons are advising that all patients diagnosed with breast cancer be offered genetic testing to check for ...
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Autism linked to the nerves that regulate heart rate

The part of the nervous system that regulates heart rate and breathing is involved in autism, a new study suggests ...
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Black-white cancer mortality gap has narrowed significantly, ‘but we still have a long way to go’

Longtime cancer disparities between African Americans and whites — with blacks having a sharply higher mortality rate — have narrowed ...
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First gene-editing experiments on adults suffering from rare metabolic disorders offer promising early results

In late 2017, scientists first began attempting to edit the genes of adults to treat rare genetic disorders. Preliminary results ...
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The danger of using DNA tests to make life-or-death decisions for your dog

As people peer into DNA for clues to health and heritage, man’s best friend is under the microscope, too. Genetic ...
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Are we closer to determining what a ‘conscious brain’ looks like?

Most of the time, it’s easy to tell when someone is consciously aware. But there are many tragic cases when ...
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Fertility doctor suspected of fathering 200 children will have DNA tested, court rules

A fertility doctor suspected to have fathered scores of people by secretly swapping donors' sperm for his own will have ...
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Sleepless nights could dampen body’s ability to repair DNA, avoid genetic diseases

Sleep deprivation can damage DNA and the body’s ability to repair this, possibly leading to higher chances of genetic diseases ...
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Immunotherapy could extend survival for patients with aggressive glioblastoma brain cancer

Glioblastoma — the aggressive brain cancer that killed Sen. John McCain, Sen. Ted Kennedy and Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden ...
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Ancient African DNA reveals insights before slavery, colonialism

[B]ones between 5,000 and 15,000 years old — surrounding the start of the Holocene, our current geologic epoch — can ...
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Podcast: Celebrating Charles Darwin’s 210th birthday

[February 12 was] Darwin Day. Charles Darwin was born 210 years ago … . Ten years ago I went to a ...