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Video: What CRISPR means for human evolution

Tech experts discuss the past, present and future of CRISPR gene editing. How will the technology affect our future generations? ...
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Global plan to halt extinction criticized for failing to address species humans don’t like

Helen Briggs | 
A global plan to halt the loss of nature is "weak" in one key area, say scientists. The new 10-year ...

Meat takes a toll on the planet, but these vegan favorites come at a ‘heavy’ environmental price, too

Richard Gray | 
It has all the makings of a delicious smoothie – a dollop of almond butter, an avocado, a few slices ...
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‘They weren’t just surviving’: Gibraltar caves give unprecedented peek into daily lives of last Neanderthals

Melissa Hogenboom | 
Neanderthals were a resilient group. They existed for about 200,000 years longer than we modern humans (Homo sapiens) have been ...

Viewpoint: We need to rebrand the BRCA ‘breast cancer’ genes to help men understand their own risks

Allison Hirchlag | 
Both men and women have the same risk of developing BRCA1 and 2 gene mutations, but men are ten times less likely to get ...

Veganism bad for your brain? Recent research raises controversial questions about plant-based diets

Zaria Gorvett | 
The idea that avoiding meat is bad for our brains makes some intuitive sense; anthropologists have been arguing about what ...
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T-cell that can fight all cancers: Scientists discover promising part of our immune system

James Gallagher | 
Our immune system is our body's natural defence against infection, but it also attacks cancerous cells. The scientists were looking ...
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Glyphosate herbicide cancer fears could turn electricity, microwaves into viable weed-killing tools

Emma Woollacott | 
Concern about glyphosate - the world's most widely-used weedkiller - has been growing since 2015, when the World Health Organization's ...

This ancient ape may tell us when our ancestors started walking on two legs

Helen Briggs | 
Fossils of a newly-discovered ancient ape could give clues to how and when walking on two legs evolved. The ability ...
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Consumer genetic tests shouldn’t be used to make health decisions, experts warn

People should not make health decisions based on genetic tests they do at home, experts have warned. The University of ...
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Genes from wild wheat could boost domesticated crop yields as global food demand explodes

Mark Kinver | 
Wild relatives of food crops, such as wheat, host an abundant array of genetic material to help the plants cope ...
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Can indoor farming surmount agriculture’s biggest challenges?

Russell Hotten | 
A car park opposite the infamous New York City housing estate where rapper Jay-Z grew up seems an unlikely place ...

American farmers urge UK to accept GMO crops, US food safety standards in post-Brexit trade deal

The UK must accept US food standards as part of any future trade deal with Washington, the head of America’s ...
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How widespread genetic testing could change the way we live, treat disease

Emma Woollacott | 
More than half of Icelanders have now had their precise genetic make-up sequenced and analysed. ... The aim of such ...
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Is this the Alzheimer’s blood test we’ve been looking for?

Researchers say they can accurately identify people on track to develop Alzheimer's disease before symptoms appear, which could help the ...
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Are we as smart as we’ll ever be? Why we may be getting dumber.

David Robson | 
You may not have noticed, but we are living in an intellectual golden age.  Since the intelligence test was invented ...
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Walking trees and swimming spiders: Why evolution on Earth could travel ‘some truly mind-boggling paths’

Mico Tatalovic | 
What creatures could develop in, say, 100 million years, given what we know about life on Earth and the principles ...
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1/3 of the world’s soil is degraded. But technology can bring our farmland ‘back to life’

Richard Gray | 
In Iowa they call it “black gold” – a fertile blanket covering the landlocked Midwestern state. Thousands of years of ...
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HPV vaccinations could eliminate cervical cancer, researchers say

The success of the HPV vaccination offers hope of one day eradicating cervical cancer, say scientists who carried out a ...
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How your personality is influenced by your physical appearance

Christian Jarrett | 
Known as “facultative personality calibration”, this is the idea that our personalities develop in a way that best suits the ...
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Savagnin Blanc: The 900-year-old grape still used in wine making today

Helen Briggs | 
DNA from ancient grape seeds shows the grapevine behind a local vintage has been cultivated continuously for 900 years. Ancient ...

Plant extinction occurring up to 500 times faster than naturally expected, study claims

Helen Briggs | 
Almost 600 plant species have been lost from the wild in the last 250 years, according to a comprehensive study ...

How biotech could help save rice, staple crop consumed by half the world daily, from climate change

Christine Ro | 
For more than half the world’s population, rice is on the menu every single day. As a crop that can ...
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Why you may have invented your earliest childhood memories

Sarah Griffiths | 
Around four out of every 10 of us have fabricated our first memory, according to researchers. This is thought to be ...
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‘Nature’s pest controllers’: How wasps reduce chemical pesticide use in farming

Helen Briggs | 
Scientists have put together a map of the UK's wasp population, showing the distribution of key species. Data recorded by ...
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‘Silent crisis’? UN report warns agriculture, overfishing accelerate biodiversity declines

Matt McGrath | 
The world's most comprehensive, and damning, report on the state of nature [was released May 6] in Paris. The UN's ...

Soil erosion accelerates climate change, impacting 3.2 billion people, UN report claims

Roger Harrabin | 
There's three times more carbon in the soil than in the atmosphere – but that carbon's being released by deforestation ...
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Relapse risk could be predicted by cancer’s ‘internal wiring’

James Gallagher | 
The "internal wiring" of breast cancer can predict which women are more likely to survive or relapse, say researchers. The ...