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Mystery of anesthetics: Despite lack of central nervous system, plants too ‘pass out’ from ‘knock out’ drugs

Beth Mole | 
Just like humans, plants can succumb to the effects of general anesthetic drugs, researchers report in the Annals of Botany. The finding ...
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Gut microbiome could influence response to cancer treatment

Beth Mole | 
When [cancer] drugs work, the immune system tramples tumors into oblivion. But they don’t always work—in fact, cancer drugs can ...
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‘Kelp highway’–not a land bridge–likely brought first humans to the Americas

Annalee Newitz | 
For decades, students were taught that the first people in the Americas were a group called the Clovis who walked ...
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Modeling human tumors in mice can be problematic—here’s why

John Timmer | 
[A] new study [read full study] suggests that an unfortunate side effect of ... evolutionary changes is that human tumors are ...
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Chemotherapy drugs can be blocked by bacteria hiding in cancer cells

Beth Mole | 
Of all the kinds of bacteria, some are charming and beneficial, others are malicious and dangerous—and then there are the ...
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Proof of Viking warrior women? Maybe, but maybe not

Annalee Newitz | 
In a paper published in American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Uppsala University archaeologist Charlotte Hedenstierna-Jonson and her team announced that they had, at ...
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Homeopaths beware: Natural teething beads found to contain lead

Beth Mole | 
A nine-month-old baby in Connecticut had dangerously high levels of lead in her blood after chewing on a homeopathic “healing ...
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Twist on truth: Knowledge, such as on GMOs, can lead to a rejection of the scientific consensus

John Timmer | 
[A] new study out [August 22nd] joins a number of earlier ones in indicating that scientific knowledge makes it easier ...
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Why Zika exploded in the Americas: One gene mutation?

Beth Mole | 
A single mutation may explain why Zika suddenly erupted from obscurity to become the alarming re-emerging infectious disease it is ...
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CRISPR may open door to personalized treatment of cancer

Diana Gitig | 
One thing cells must do in order to become cancerous is to overthrow the normal checks on their growth. As ...
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‘Brain in a dish’ gives scientists ‘unprecedented’ ability to study neurodevelopment disorders

Roheeni Saxena | 
Small cultures of human neuronal cells developing in a dish are not quite “brains in a petri dish” as they are ...
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Treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and other forms of dementia may already be in your medicine cabinet

Beth Mole | 
Tried, true, and FDA-approved drugs for cancer and depression—already in medicine cabinets—may also be long-sought treatments for devastating brain diseases ...
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The big chill: Evolution heats up when Earth’s climate cools down

Shalini Saxena | 
While natural selection is a big part of evolution, the theory now embraces much more than that...In a recent investigation, ...
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When genetics has no answer: Heart disorder patients gain knowledge, but no help

John Timmer | 
Getting a better understanding of a disease can open all sorts of possibilities for better treatments, even ones tailored to ...
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Tumor zapper: Brain cancer survival rates boosted by electric skull cap

Beth Mole | 
An electric skull cap designed to zap cancer cells trying to grow in the brains of wearers proved useful at ...
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Video: Microfossil discovery dating back 3.77 billion years could be oldest evidence of life

Scott Johnson | 
[A] new study led by University College London PhD student Matthew Dodd describes evidence of what the researchers believe to ...
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Republican bill could force workers to involuntarily disclose sensitive DNA data to employers

Beth Mole | 
It’s hard to imagine a more sensitive type of personal information than your own genetic blueprints...[T]he four-base code can reveal ...
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Did migration to America take long enough for humans to evolve?

Cathleen O'Grady | 
The Bering land bridge plays a central role in our picture of how humans reached the Americas...Current estimates suggest that ...

Insect resistant ferns could hold key to developing next generation GMO crops

Roheeni Saxena | 
Genetic modification to common crops... has significantly reduced damage caused by insects that feed off plant leaves, but it has ...

Researchers find 17 different genome locations associated with depression

Roheeni Saxena | 
A recent study...identified five independent gene variants from four genome regions that are associated with depression, raising hopes that we ...
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Researchers ‘evolve’ new Bt toxin that could fight insect resistance to GMO crops

John Timmer | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) crops ...

Large analysis finds common genetics links between depression, neuroticism, and sense of well-being

Cathleen O'Grady | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The role of genetics in mental ...
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How do courts look at neuroscientific evidence?

Jonathan Gitlin | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Several years ago, Ars looked ...

Computer model answers questions surrounding Neanderthal extinction

Cathleen O'Grady | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. For a long time, ...
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India’s ancient caste system left lasting mark on modern genomes

Annalee Newitz | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Over 1,500 years ago, the ...

Life may have begun on Earth more than 4.1 billion years ago

Scott K. Johnson | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  In 2008, a splashy ...

What really sets humans apart form other species?

Cathleen O'Grady | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  Ever since Darwin, the ...

Misconceptions about genetic testing still too common among public

Jonathan M. Gitlin | 
A recent Ars feature story about genetic screening generated quite a lively debate in the discussion thread. However, it also ...
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