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Poppy genome reveals ‘bizarre’ biological errors that gave us ‘intoxicating medicines’

Stephen Fleischfresser | 
A series of bizarre events and biological errors over evolutionary history were responsible for the intoxicating medicines found inside the ...
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From dinosaur to bird: How did the transformation take place?

Paul Willis | 
[I]n Bavaria, the Jurassic-aged limestone deposits yielded a near-perfect fossil of Archaeopteryx. It had blade-like serrated teeth and many other features ...
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Here’s why we now believe Neanderthals were able to create fire

Fiona McMillan | 
New research shows that Neanderthals were able to start fires using stone tools. The findings, published in the journal Scientific Reports, present ...
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Medical marijuana and pain control: Study casts doubt on drug’s effectiveness

Paul Biegler | 
Depending on who you listen to, medical cannabis is either a rising star in the world of therapeutics or an ...
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233 scientists call on world’s governments to ‘greatly restrict’ use of neonicotinoid insecticides to protect biodiversity

Andrew Masterson | 
Continued applications of the most widely used insecticides in the world must be urgently restricted, say 233 scientists in a tightly ...
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Evading Alzheimer’s: ‘Cognitive reserve theory’ suggests early education may be the best defense

Norman Swan | 
One great hope – for vitamin fans and researchers alike – is that dietary supplements could prevent the worsening of ...
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Psychedelic drug therapy could provide a ‘radical new answer’ to depression, PTSD, anxiety

Dyani Lewis | 
For years now a band of dedicated scientists has been quietly building a case to redeem the reputation of MDMA ...
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Life could have originated from ancient uranium-powered ‘nuclear geyser’

Richard Lovett | 
Life may not have originated in the primordial soup of an ancient pond, according to scientists, but rather in a ...
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Synthetic biology and viewing life not as ‘a mystery but as a machine’

James Crow | 
Imagine a future where synthetic jellyfish roam waterways looking for toxins to destroy, where eco-friendly plastics and fuels are harvested from ...
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Without solar superstorms, Earth could have been an uninhabitable gaseous ‘mini-Neptune’

Richard Lovett | 
Gigantic solar storms may have helped strip unwanted gases from the Earth’s atmosphere, while helping to seed its surface with ...
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What fossilized teeth tell us about human evolution

Stephen Fleischfresser | 
Examining the fossil record through the lens of evolutionary developmental biology may help scientists reassess the evolutionary history of humans ...
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Neonicotinoids, glyphosate may impact honeybees’ ability to taste and learn, ‘field realistic’ lab study claims

Tanya Loos | 
Hive-bound young honey bees (Apis mellifera) are being poisoned by insecticide and weed killer gathered by their foraging hive mates, ...
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If Neanderthals mated with early modern humans, why does their genome show no evidence of human DNA?

Andrew Masterson | 
Gene flow between Neanderthals and early modern humans may have been a one-way street, researchers have found. While the presence ...
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Lead authors of controversial homeopathic cancer paper arrested, work retracted

Andrew Masterson | 
A journal paper claiming to show the success of a homeopathic treatment for cancer has been withdrawn by the publishers ...
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Future of food: Huge algae farms could feed humans, animals more sustainably

Richard Lovett | 
Scientists hoping to meet the Paris climate accord goal of limiting global temperature rise to less than two degrees Celsius ...
Digging in the dirt may yield new class of antibiotics

Digging in the dirt may yield new class of antibiotics

Paul Biegler | 
It might come as a surprise to learn that dirt, that canonical cause of infection, is also a megafactory for ...
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‘Cancer vaccine’ shows promise in mice; human trial next

Andrew Masterson | 
A combination of a tiny segment of DNA and a specific antibody injected into a solid tumour has been shown ...
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Cultivation without domestication: Unlike modern farmers, ancient civilizations grew crops that ‘spread like weeds’

Andrew Masterson | 
Plant domestication, the theory runs, comprises a long history during which humans select traits advantageous to farming practice. Qualities such as seed ...
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Ancient Eurasian DNA helps untangle humanity’s twisted family tree

Lauren Fuge | 
Advances in ancient DNA sequencing are shedding light on the genetic links between our Stone Age ancestors and modern humans, ...
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Critics push back against Australian government recommendation to loosen constraints on CRISPR gene editing research

Andrew Masterson | 
Australia’s gene technology regulator has proposed a bold shake-up of rules surrounding genetic engineering processes, potentially loosening constraints on research ...
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‘Supersimilarity’: Identical twins are epigenetic twins as well

Stephen Fleischfresser | 
The sometimes-preternatural similarity of identical twins is more profound than previously thought. Identical twins, known to science as “monozygotic”, may ...
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How ‘minor insults to the brain’ could fuel Alzheimer’s

Elizabeth Finkel | 
When it comes to the perpetrator of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the finger of blame has long pointed to hard deposits ...
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Possible genetic links to homosexuality like ‘finding needle in a haystack’

Anna Kosmynina | 
Scientists in the US looked at the whole genomes of around 1000 homosexual men and 1200 heterosexual men, finding several ...
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Number of genetically engineered crops could balloon thanks to new technique using pollen DNA

Tim Wallace | 
[T]he war over GM crops, though intense, has so far been restricted to a small number of battlefields – corn, ...
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So much data to store: Can DNA solve our problem?

Mar Parlange | 
Many pundits predict it’s just a matter of time till DNA pips magnetic tape as the ultimate way to store ...
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Challenging the RNA origin of life theory

Stephen Fleischfresser | 
The current consensus holds that life emerged from an ‘RNA-world’, first named by Nobel Laureate Walter Gilbert in 1986. This ...
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Matrix phobia? Scientists put fears to rest—we are not living in computer simulation

Andrew Masterson | 
Just in case it’s been weighing on your mind, you can relax now. A team of theoretical physicists from Oxford ...
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Modified polio virus could be used as cancer treatment

Andrew Masterson | 
A protein common on some types of cancer cell turns out to be the same one that in other circumstances ...
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