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genetics

Regulating fast-moving consumer genetic testing industry is no small challenge

Submitting a vial of spit to a genetic testing company is easy. Understanding the implications — and regulating the burgeoning ...
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We know the placebo effect is biological. Is it also genetic?

We know that the placebo effect is in part biological: expectations of receiving a palliative leads to brain changes. Are ...
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Where do we come from? Question grows ever more complicated

It was recently discovered that modern humans are part of the African great apes family, but how did this classification ...
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Mood disorders more common in children of first-cousin parents, study finds

Having parents who are first cousins doubles the risk of inheriting a single-gene condition, from 2.5 percent to about 5 ...
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Examining the curious genes behind ‘magic mushrooms’

"One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small,” sang Grace Slick in Jefferson Airplane’s classic White Rabbit, conjuring ...
CRISPR

What’s stopping us from using CRISPR to gene edit humans to fight disease?

Emerging clinical applications of CRISPR editing include delivery of CRISPR systems into the body to repair genetic sequences. This is ...
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Here’s what we really know about transgender genetics—so far

The week started strangely. On [March 19], the author of a new book on transgender identity emailed me, asking about ...
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Viewpoint: We have much to gain from questioning the theory that humans evolved in Africa

The African origin theory reigns supreme. Every attempt to disprove the theory offers a chance to consider the evidence all ...
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From GMOs to CRISPR: Making sense of how genetic engineering tweaks nature

Many new genetic engineering techniques have been stumbled upon by accident. Studying how bacteria defend themselves has led to CRISPR ...
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Fertility clinic meltdown: What happens when slumbering eggs are awakened early

Fragile spindle apparatuses are an integral part to embryonic growth. What happened to embryo structures when they were thawed and ...
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Facing extreme danger, are you ‘wired’ to fight or take flight?

"Fight or flight" reactions are much more complicated than we were taught in school. That fact has implications for reacting ...
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Modern Victor Frankenstein? What synthetic biologists can learn from the classic cautionary tale

Mary Shelley was 20 when she published “Frankenstein” in 1818. Two hundred years on, the book remains thrilling, challenging and ...
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Why the body’s response to pregnancy may help us better understand cancer

Cancer cells and placental cells regulate the immune system in remarkably similar ways. We can learn a great deal by ...
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Space astronaut twin’s DNA ‘changed’? How some reports botched the story, and what we really know

When the Today Show reported on March 15 that the DNA of Scott Kelly, who spent a year on the ...
fertility

Fertility quest: How technology has fueled quantum leaps

Nanotech, artificial intelligence, wearables and biological engineering are among the new high tech ways to knock you up, stop your ...
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Here’s what potential Mars colonists really need from Earth: A large gene pool

Establishment of a Mars colony will depend on genetic diversity, meaning we must send tens of thousands of colonists ...
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Waaa! How do babies experience pain?

Researchers continue to look for ways to assess the pain experienced by babies. One recent study suggests that babies are ...
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Viewpoint: Devastating flu season reminds us about the danger of vaccine skepticism

The 2017-2018 flu season is being called the worst since 2009 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and ...
BRCA

Good and potentially bad about FDA’s greenlighting of 23andMe direct-to-consumer BRCA mutation tests

News that consumers will soon be able to purchase a genetic test for three BRCA mutations may seem like déjà ...
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Supercharged brains and the quest to think better and faster

For those seeking to enhance cognitive function based on hard evidence, the starting point is worked aimed at improving mental ...
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Are humans genetically loaded for extinction?

Genetic load--the idea that we've had too many mutations to thrive--is making a comeback. A debate's brewing over whether it's ...
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Digitizing DNA: Real reasons to worry about cyberbiosecurity

The intersection between biology and digital technology opens the door for incredible discoveries, but also creates opportunities for dangerous events, ...
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How the genetics revolution is upending our concept of disease—and how that could improve healthcare

What is a disease? This seemingly abstract and theoretical question is actually among the most practical questions in all of ...
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Exploring the alternate reality of Natural News’ Mike Adams’ online ’empire of misinformation’

If there is a Wonderland filled with health scares, monsters, and miraculous concoctions, Mike Adams is building it. And its ...
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Transforming modern medicine doesn’t have to be high tech or expensive

While intricate high-tech breakthroughs are incredible, it's important to realize the value of low-cost and low-tech ingenuity ...
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Getting to the roots of insomnia and what you can do about it

Ever struggle with sleep? Almost all of us will at some point our lifetime. Several factors are at play--including travel ...
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Biodiversity is more than just beauty: ‘It is the very apparatus that holds us steady’

Biodiversity is integral to life, but is more than just a huge number of species: It also represents the variations ...
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Are consumer genetic tests misused by doctors and alternative health providers?

Health practitioners with little or no training or perspective in genetics are dabbling in this rapidly advancing field. Utilizing results ...