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Why loss of sleep is ‘having a catastrophic impact on our health’

Emily Dreyfuss | 
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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Glimpse into enslaved woman’s life offered by DNA found in clay pipe at Maryland plantation

Kiona Smith | 
Clay pipes used for smoking were so common in the 1700s and 1800s that it’s not very remarkable to find ...
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Chasing the origin of hallucinations in the brain

Jennifer Ouellette | 
People under the influence of hallucinogenic drugs like LSD often experience vivid visual hallucinations. But exactly what is happening within ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Chickenpox parties’ aren’t just unnecessary—they’re incredibly dangerous

Beth Mole | 
Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin made headlines [March 19] after revealing in a radio interview that he had purposefully exposed his ...
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Why gene editing isn’t ready for treating human disease: It’s not ‘efficient enough’

John Timmer | 
Gene editing will likely always come with a bit of risk; when you're cutting and pasting DNA in millions of ...
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Some of us may have ‘divine healing’ poop for treatment of gut disorders

Beth Mole | 
Scientists often seem to be on a quest for sacred chalices or sterling ammo. But a group of microbiologists has ...
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Video: Are biotech crops safe? A brief history of the GMO debate

John Timmer | 
Recent studies show the general public and the scientific community are deeply divided on the perceived safety of GMOs. Ars ...
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‘Attack’ on masculinity? Psychology association defends new clinical guidelines for males

Beth Mole | 
The American Psychological Association is on the defensive over its newly released clinical guidance for treating boys and men, which links ...
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Using stem cells to trace autism’s development to earliest days of pregnancy

John Timmer | 
Figuring out how autism starts is complicated. … [A] large international team obtained skin cells from eight autistic people and ...
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Plague genome offers clues about origins of Black Death pandemic

Diana Gitig | 
Yersinia pestis, the subject of [Barbara Bramanti’s] research, is the bacterium responsible for three bubonic plague pandemics over human history ...
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Searching for the genetic links to ADHD risk

Cathleen O'Grady | 
If you have ADHD, chances are higher that your siblings do, too. Estimates differ as to how strong the connection ...
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Missing data? African study shows why we need to expand the human reference genome

Cathleen O'Grady | 
The human genome sequence, first published in 2001, has some important information missing. The latest version of it, called GRCh38, ...
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Does being a night owl increase breast cancer risk?

Cathleen O'Grady | 
A paper presented at the National Cancer Research Institute [November 5] has made for some flashy headlines, like this confident declaration from India’s Economic Times: ...
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Can llamas give us a universal flu vaccine?

Diana Gitig | 
Llama antibodies are different from ours. Our antibodies are a mix of two pairs of proteins, heavy and light, wrapped ...
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300,000-year-old stone tools found in Saudi Arabian desert could shed light on human migration out of Africa

Kiona Smith | 
Stone tools unearthed in Saudi Arabia’s inhospitable Nefud Desert indicate that members of our genus Homo had ventured beyond the ...
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‘Gender-equality paradox’: Why are differences stronger in wealthier, gender-equal nations?

Cathleen O'Grady | 
In Sweden, girls are just as likely to go to school and university as boys are. Women make up a greater ...
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Rats and hepatitis E: How animal diseases jump to humans

Beth Mole | 
The first known case of rat hepatitis jumping to a human patient has reopened a long-standing mystery of how the ...
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Diagnosing deadly medieval fever epidemics through ancient DNA

Kiona Smith | 
Many epidemics of fever ravaged Europe from ancient times through the early 20th century. But one disease stands out in ...
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Ancient Italian cemeteries tell tales of barbarian migration

John Timmer | 
We know very little of [Longobards] or any of the other barbarian tribes that roared through Western Europe other than ...
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Brain implants could control epileptic seizures with chemical stimulants

Jennifer Ouellette | 
People who suffer severe epileptic seizures may one day be able to control or even prevent them with an electronic ...
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Pinpointing the internal clock that helps us mark the passage of time

Jennifer Ouellette | 
Manmade clocks may precisely measure time, but, from a human perspective, the passage of time is remarkably fluid. It drags ...
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How math skills and a love of patterns are linked to autism

Chris Lee | 
[O]ur brain uses two modules to try to make sense of the world. One systemizes: it looks for patterns and ...
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Hospital ‘superbugs’ getting better at defeating alcohol-based hand sanitizers

Beth Mole | 
Popular hand sanitizers may be heading the way of antibiotics, according to a study published this week in Science Translational Medicine ...
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Boy almost back to normal 3 years after doctors remove large section of his brain

Beth Mole | 
A boy who had large parts of the right side of his brain removed due to a slow-growing tumor made ...
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Genes play a role in educational achievement, but not as much as your parents’ education does

John Timmer | 
What's more important, genes or environment? …The advent of genomics has given us a new perspective on the role of ...
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Using gene editing to merge an organism’s chromosomes into ‘one giant molecule’

John Timmer | 
Complex organisms have complex genomes. While bacteria and archaea keep all of their genes on a single loop of DNA, ...
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Why it’s difficult to declare the end of an Ebola outbreak

Beth Mole | 
The World Health Organization on [July 24] declared the official end of the latest outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic ...
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Better than antibiotics? Bacteria-targeting viruses show potential against pneumonia

John Timmer | 
Like other cells, bacteria often find themselves victims of viral infections, dying as new viruses burst out to infect their ...
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