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When the nose never knows: Exploring the genetics behind a missing sense of smell

Imagine life without odors. Food tastes the same regardless of how congested your nasal passages are or how damaged your ...
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Can big data fight cancer by identifying those genetically predisposed to disease?

Present-day cancer care is reactive. When an individual begins to have symptoms of cancer, a tumor has typically already formed ...
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Why are humans so much smarter than other primates?

By counting the number of neurons in brains, one scientist revolutionized our view of why Homo sapiens and nonhuman primates ...
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Sexual reproduction may not be the best evolutionary strategy. So why do we do it?

In many ways asexual reproduction is a better evolutionary strategy: only one parent is needed, and all of their genes ...
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‘Voluntary euthanasia’: Are we ready to harvest organs while donors are still alive?

In the dystopian society of Nobel prizewinner Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, cloned people are raised to provide organs for ...
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Why the promise of personalized medicine could fall short for minorities

African-Americans are underrepresented in large-scale genetic and neuroscience studies ...
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Why those sleepless nights could increase your Alzheimer’s risk

New research suggests bad sleep causes a build-up of plaque associated with Alzheimer’s ...
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National identity and what the genes of Aboriginal Australians tell us about ‘what it is to be human’

Recent genetic research suggests that Aboriginal Australians have lived on their island continent for at least 50,000 years (with some ...
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Can artificial intelligence give us a more efficient health care system?

To understand the benefits that artificial intelligence can bring to the world of human medicine, consider the case of Ayako ...
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Could a fake surgery really make you feel better?

Did you know placebo surgery occur? Some believe they are the next realm of understanding more about the effect of ...
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Was human brain growth driven by ecological challenges?

Most animals have brains in proportion to their body size – species with larger bodies often have larger brains. But ...
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Reflex star: How our brain helps us track—and respond to—to balls, cars and other fast moving objects

New research may explain why some people—like sports stars—anticipate and react to fast-moving objects much quicker than others. When Serena ...
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Delving into our complicated relationship with carbohydrates

The idea of controlling carbohydrate consumption has been bouncing around the world of diets and medicine for nearly 100 years ...
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Video: Why gene editing could change the path of human evolution

Most people think the genetics revolution is primarily about healthcare. But what's really at play is the evolutionary trajectory of ...
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When is it time for a scientist to call out peers over questionable research?

Sooner or later, every researcher is likely to wonder: What’s the best way to address faulty or misleading information in ...
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Glioblastoma and John McCain: Why this brain cancer remains an ‘insidious enemy’

Sen. John McCain withstood beatings and torture as a prisoner of war, but he was confronted with an enemy in ...
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Gene silencing through RNA interference scores first drug approval

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first drug based on RNA interference (RNAi). Unlike media darlings gene therapy ...
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Seeking medicine from the plants of Uganda

Researchers have long looked to the plants of our world to solve many of the medical problems we face. But ...
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Why polio remains surprisingly hard to eradicate

Polio retains a foothold in Pakistan—and will likely continue to do so as long as basic health services are neglected ...
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Why the ‘distorted memories’ of people with dementia are so important

As those with dementia lose their sense of reality, it can be helpful to validate their stories as they tell ...
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Were there two migration routes into North America? Genetics meets archaeology

Popular accounts of the peopling of North America paint a picture of a lone long-ago trek across the Bering Land ...
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Does living around violence change a child’s brain?

One study suggests that young teens who witness violence exhibit differences in the structure and function of their brains in ...
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Delving into our 10 million-year relationship with booze

It was conventional wisdom that the human love affair with alcohol began 10,000 years ago, with the invention of agriculture ...
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Could the common cold be cured in the next decade?

Three new approaches could give us a true cure to the common cold ...
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Viewpoint: There’s danger in overselling the benefits of routine DNA sequencing

For decades the potential of stem cells to cure all disease was promised. Today’s reality is that the few worthy ...
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Celiac disease: What’s behind the surge in diagnoses?

A few years ago, the book “Wheat Belly” became a hit, as it pointed to new “scientifically engineered” strains of ...
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Can we learn about ourselves by studying chimpanzees? Not really.

Trying to go back to our animal roots sounds good in theory, but we can't truly find out what it ...
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Why autism looks so different in girls

Girls tend to be diagnosed with autism later in life than boys--often after being misdiagnosed with something else first. Why ...
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