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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A journal paper claiming to show the success of a homeopathic treatment for cancer has been withdrawn by the publishers ...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 ...
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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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Why viruses, like Ebola and deadly flus, are not ‘living’

Jake Port | 
Viruses are responsible for some of the most dangerous and deadly diseases including influenza, ebola, rabies and smallpox. Despite their ...
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Antarctic glaciers may be hiding undiscovered life

Andrew Masterson | 
Is there an undiscovered colony of plants, algae and small animals living in caves beneath glaciers in the Antarctic? That’s ...
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Ditch energy drinks? High doses of vitamin B supplements could raise cancer risks

Elizabeth Finkel | 
A report published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows that male smokers who took high dose vitamin B6 and B12 supplements – ...
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Aging breakthrough? Pruning old cells rejuvenates bone density in mice – could osteoporosis drugs be next?

Elizabeth Finkel | 
Several studies have shown that pruning away old, inactive senescent cells can do wonders for aged mice, restoring their bald patches, strengthening ...
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Genetic reason why tomatoes come in such a variety of sizes

Andrew Masterson | 
The gradual increase in size of tomatoes is in part the result of breeders, ancient and modern, continually selecting and ...
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Autism severity and brain size linked to genetic ‘glitch’ that disrupts sociability circuits

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) all have problems socialising, but beyond that their disorders can be vastly different. That ...
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Mirroring reality: Neuron activity reflects how and what we see

Angus Bezzina | 
Scientists are a step closer to unraveling the mystery of sight now that they have revealed part of the process ...