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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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Curing the common cold? Testing on genetically modified mice is first step towards ‘complete protection’

James Gallagher | 
Scientists think they have found a way to stop the common cold and closely related viruses which can cause paralysis. Instead ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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‘Testes in overdrive’: Male efforts to improve attractiveness can damage ability to have children

James Gallagher | 
Scientists have uncovered an evolutionary paradox where men damage their ability to have children during efforts to make themselves look ...
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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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Dream quest: Why you can’t remember your dreams—and how you can change that

Stephen Dowling | 
For many of us, dreams are an almost intangible presence. If we’re lucky, we can only remember the most fleeting ...
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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 ...
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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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Stonehenge mystery solved! DNA analysis tells us where builders came from

Paul Rincon | 
The ancestors of the people who built Stonehenge travelled west across the Mediterranean before reaching Britain, a study has shown ...
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Taking cancers apart ‘piece-by-piece’ in search for vulnerabilities that could be attacked with precision medicine

James Gallagher | 
Scientists have taken cancer apart piece-by-piece to reveal its weaknesses, and come up with new ideas for treatment. A team ...
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Birth control pill for men: Why is it taking so long?

Michelle Roberts | 
A birth control pill for men has passed initial human safety tests, experts at a leading medical conference have heard ...
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Do our brains hamper our response to climate change’s growing threat?

Matthew King | 
In early phases of human existence we faced an onslaught of daily challenges to our survival and ability to reproduce ...
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Why setting testosterone levels for female athletes risks setting ‘far reaching’ ‘unscientific precedent’

New rules to reduce naturally high testosterone levels in female athletes have been branded "unscientific". [In 2018], athletics chiefs ruled ...
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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 ...
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Animal cells grown on grass could yield next version of lab-grown meat

Helen Briggs | 
Scientists at the University of Bath have grown animal cells on blades of grass, in a step towards cultured meat ...
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Glyphosate on trial: Second jury says Bayer’s Roundup weed killer carcinogenic

A US jury has found that one of the world's most widely-used weedkillers was a "substantial factor" in causing a ...
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