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Why the famous ‘march of human evolution’ illustration is so misleading

Why the famous ‘march of human evolution’ illustration is so misleading

It's the diagram of evolution we're all familiar with – starting with an ape figure which slowly turns into an ...
Vegetarianism might be in your genes: Study suggests genetic predisposition to a meat-free diet

Vegetarianism might be in your genes: Study suggests genetic predisposition to a meat-free diet

Jonathan Leake | 
Analysis of the genomes of British vegetarians found a link between their rejection of meat and mutations in their DNA ...
When did modern humans emerge? 350,000-year-old tool discovered in Israel may challenge date for debut of Homo sapiens

When did modern humans emerge? 350,000-year-old tool discovered in Israel may challenge date for debut of Homo sapiens

Dan Avery | 
Archaeologists believe they've found the oldest known tool used for grinding or scraping, dating back some 350,000 years. Found in ...
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Cancer breakthrough replacing chemotherapy? Israeli scientists use CRISPR gene editing to snip DNA and kill killer cells

Charlotte Mitchell | 
The CRISPR Cas-9 gene editing system allows scientists to make precise alterations to DNA, and gained creators Jennifer Doudna and ...
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‘More harm than good’: How well-meaning urban beekeepers can jeopardize wild colonies

Ian Randall | 
Urban beekeeping has grown so trendy that it may be doing more harm than good — with the practice becoming ...
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How church during COVID turned deadly: 91 infected, 2 dead in Ohio after attending a service

Rachel Sharp | 
Gov. Mike DeWine said in a press briefing [August 4] that [a] worshiper attended a service at an undisclosed church ...
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Plant ‘probiotics’: Feeding crops good bacteria may prevent pest damage without chemicals

Jonathan Chadwick | 
Scientists have developed plant ‘probiotics’ that help fight disease without the use of expensive pesticides. UK researchers say beneficial bacteria ...
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Gene editing could help protect billions of ash trees from deadly Emerald Ash Borer

Luke Andrews | 
Billions of ash trees could be rescued from a killer beetle through cross-breeding with more resistant varieties and gene editing, ...
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Part of the forensic ‘jigsaw puzzle’: Tooth shape offers insights into a deceased person’s genetic makeup

Joe Pinkstone | 
A study found that some characteristics of dental remains — such as crown groove patterns, cusp size, number of roots, ...
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Neonicotinoid insecticide ban leaves UK canola farmers with few tools to stop flea beetle resurgence

Henry Martin | 
The bright yellow rapeseed flowers that adorn the British countryside have largely disappeared after crops this season failed. The flaxen ...
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UK may lift ban on GMO-derived foods to secure post-Brexit trade deal with US

John Stevens | 
Genetically modified foods from America could end up on British supermarket shelves as part of a US trade deal. Ministers ...
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‘RoboDUCK’: Weed-killing robot could cut chemical use in rice farming

Victoria Bell | 
An engineer working for Japanese carmaker Nissan has built a robot to help farmers reduce the use of herbicides and ...
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‘First ever’ human CRISPR trial targets rare beta thalassemia blood disorder

Mia De Graaf | 
CRISPR, the groundbreaking and controversial gene-editing technique, has been used in a patient with a debilitating blood disease, scientists revealed ...
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Are we ‘playing God’ if we screen IVF embryos for IQ potential?

Sam Blanchard | 
IVF clinics may soon use a controversial screening technique to get rid of embryos which are likely to grow up ...
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Did laziness drive early human relative, Homo erectus, to extinction?

Phoebe Weston | 
Homo erectus may have gone extinct because they were lazy, according to research from the Australian National University. Scientists claim ...
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Piglets could ‘fill an important gap’ in Huntington’s disease research

Kelsey Cheng | 
A newly established pig model of Huntington’s disease (HD) could provide researchers a more practical way of testing treatment for ...
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Adolf Hitler’s grandson? French plumber hopes DNA test proves his claim

Will Stewart | 
A French plumber is taking a DNA to prove he is Adolf Hitler's grandson after his grandmother had a fling with ...
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More than 70% of UK public endorses human gene editing to treat disease

Scientists have been given a green light from members of the public to press ahead with developing gene editing therapies ...
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Adding 24 new mutations to breast cancer risk calculations

Stephen Matthews | 
Twenty-four previously unknown mutations that raise a woman's risk of developing breast cancer have been identified by scientists. The 'ground-breaking' findings [February ...
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Stop AIDS? Gene therapies target ‘almost impossible to cure’ HIV

Jaleesa Baulkman | 
Experts say gene therapy could finally be used to treat HIV and AIDS - after a decade of trying to replicate the ...
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Stop flu symptoms in one day? Experimental pill could be available in the US by 2019

Minyvonne Burke | 
A new medicine can rid flu suffers of their symptoms in as little as a day, but the drug will ...
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Obesity linked to brain cell ‘antenna,’ opening potential treatment pathway

Kayla Brantley | 
The key to controlling hunger and fighting obesity is in brain cells that produce hormones, according to research. ... Scientists ...
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‘Supercharged’ GMO rice could increase yields 50 percent with improved photosynthesis

Shivali Best | 
Researchers from Oxford University have taken an important step in a long-term project aimed at improving photosynthesis in rice. In ...
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Dozens of ‘mysterious’ chemicals lurking in our ‘all natural’ fruits and vegetables?

Imogen Blake | 
Rutin, glycine, and beta carophyllene: if you saw these words on an ingredients list, you'd probably presume the food was ...
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Prince Charles: ‘Future of humanity’ may depend on organic farming

Rebecca English | 
Prince Charles has warned that the ‘very future of humanity’ may depend on organic farming. Speaking as he celebrated the ...
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Spider silk from plants? GMO tobacco could provide new generation of tough, lightweight clothing

Richard Gray | 
Scientists have revealed they can generate the fine but strong threads used by spiders to make their webs by growing ...
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Super pigs: CRISPR gene-edited virus-resistant pigs could cut piglet deaths, pork prices

Phoebe Weston, Victoria Allen | 
Scientists have created a new breed of super pigs resistant to a killer virus... They now have two generations of ...
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Each of us has a genetically-programmed aging clock

Mia De Graaf | 
Five per cent of us are genetically programmed to age faster and die younger than everyone else, a groundbreaking new ...
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