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Viewpoint: Why the New York Times failed with its coverage of overhyped probiotics obesity treatment

Beth Mole | 
Adding to the steaming pile of unsubstantiated hype over probiotics, the New York Times ran an uncritical article ... suggesting ...
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Tiny electric signals in the brains of comatose patients may help predict who will wake up

Beth Mole | 
Researchers may have found a way to detect inklings of consciousness in comatose and vegetative patients just days after they ...
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Vaccines for influenza, other diseases will be ‘printed’ at home in the future

Andrew Hessel | 
Rather than warehouses of refrigerated cures for static diseases, we need a highly distributed agile system for producing vaccines and ...
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Video: Tech guru and author Rob Reid on synthetic biology’s power to help or destroy us

Rob Reid | 
In 2011, two separate research teams—one in Holland, the other in Wisconsin—set out to repair this "defect" in H5N1. By ...
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Why the world needs a DNA-based ‘threat-detection network’ to counter the rapid spread of pathogens

George Church | 
Our ancestors were accustomed to spending their entire lives in walking distance of their birthplace, but our modern world is ...
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Fecal transplant death sparks new FDA screening precautions, pause of clinical trials

Beth Mole | 
One patient has died and another became seriously ill after fecal transplants inadvertently seeded their innards with a multi-drug resistant ...
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How augmented reality and avatars could change the way we interact

Jennifer Ouellette | 
According to researchers at Stanford University, layering computer-generated content, like someone's avatar, onto a real-world environment will influence people's behavior ...
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A tale of two GMO crops: Why were omega-3 producing plants developed faster than golden rice?

John Timmer | 
One of the arguments that has been advanced to promote genetically engineered crops is that .... [c]rops could be engineered ...
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DNA found in 10,000-year-old ‘chewing gum’ sheds light on ancient Sweden

Kiona Smith | 
In the 1990s, archaeologists recovered a few chewed-up lumps of birch bark pitch, some of which still held fingerprints and ...
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‘Brazen’ biohacker under investigation by California health officials for ‘genetic self-experimentation’

Beth Mole | 
Prominent genetic "biohacker" Josiah Zayner is under investigation by California state officials for practicing medicine without a license. Zayner has ...
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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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