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Two copies of a gene from only a single parent—This ‘genetic quirk’ may not be as rare as we thought

Ed Cara | 
A supposedly rare genetic quirk might be more common than we think, according to new research out [October 10]. The ...
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Channeling our ‘inner salamander’: Research suggests humans have ability to repair overworked cartilage

George Dvorsky | 
Our bodies have retained the capacity to repair injured or overworked cartilage in our joints, says new research published [October 9] in ...
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Would the discovery of life on Mars be ‘world-shaking’?

George Dvorsky | 
In a recent interview with the Telegraph, NASA chief scientist Jim Green said it’s possible we’ll soon find evidence of life on ...
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Animals enhanced with human brain cells—and robust levels of consciousness—create new ethical dilemmas

George Dvorsky | 
Neuroscientist Isaac Chen from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, along with his colleagues, has written ...
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Evolution in motion: Before birth, human fetuses develop—and then lose—lizard-like body parts

Ed Cara | 
The evolutionary journey of any species is littered with detours and dead-ends. Humans, for instance, have vestigial body parts that ...
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From hominids to animals: Who lived in Siberia’s famous Denisova Cave?

George Dvorsky | 
For thousands of years, Siberia’s Denisova Cave was home to various bands of Neanderthals, Denisovans, and modern humans. But as ...
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Something new to worry about: Mosquito-borne brain-infecting EEE virus may be fueled by warming climate

Ed Cara | 
Health officials in several states [have] reported more cases and deaths linked to the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus. The ...
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We haven’t found a Denisovan skull yet. But thanks to genetic analysis, we can predict what their faces looked like

George Dvorsky | 
A pinky finger bone, some teeth, and a lower jaw. That’s all the physical evidence we have of the mysterious ...
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Promising immunotherapy drug to treat peanut allergies may be approved although 10% of study subjects had serious side effects

Ed Cara | 
On [September 13], a panel of experts assembled by the Food and Drug Administration voted that the agency should approve a drug ...
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‘Especially deadly’ mosquito-spread virus kills 3 Americans so far this year

Ed Cara | 
Rhode Island health officials reported that a resident had died after contracting the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus. The death marks the ...
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Left-handed? Genes link handedness to language facility but also schizophrenia and anorexia

Ryan Mandelbaum | 
Despite its ubiquity to the human experience, there are lots of unresolved questions related to handedness, such as how lefty ...
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Thanks to IVF, 73-year-old Indian woman just became the ‘oldest new mother ever documented’

Ed Cara | 
An Indian woman named Erramatti Mangayamma has seemingly made history by becoming the oldest new mother ever documented. Her doctors ...
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First people in the Americas arrived by Pacific pathway, new evidence suggests

George Dvorsky | 
Around 14,800 years ago, the Cordilleran Ice Sheet separated from its neighboring Laurentide Ice Sheet, creating an ice-free corridor that ...
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How the brains of different dog breeds have evolved to meet our needs

Ed Cara | 
As humans have gone, so have their canine companions. But a new study shows the subtle ways our long-lasting partnership ...
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Breakthrough could help us understand why some tick bites cause bizarre red meat allergies

Ed Cara | 
Scientists at the University of Virginia have seemingly come closer to unraveling the mystery behind a strange red meat allergy ...
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Have scientists discovered a new pain-processing organ under our skin?

Ed Cara | 
It’s not common that researchers discover what could be an entirely new part of the human body. But a team ...
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‘Rare and unsettling’: Young woman had undeveloped ‘twin’ in her abdomen for 17 years

Ed Cara | 
A young woman in India unknowingly lived with one of the rarest and most unsettling medical conditions for nearly two ...
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Does air pollution contribute to poor attention, memory problems for kids?

Jackie Rocheleau | 
Over the past decade or so, in both animals and humans, in the lab and in the real world, scientists ...
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Deep dive into US stem cell clinics gives reason to worry about ‘unsafe or useless treatments’

Ed Cara | 
Medical clinics that provide largely unregulated stem cell treatments are popping up all over the U.S. But a new study ...
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Did God create humans within the last 10,000 years? 40% of Americans still think so, Gallup poll shows

George Dvorsky | 
A new Gallup poll shows that 40 percent of American adults comply to a strict view of creationism, in which ...
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Sleep easy: Late-night surfing on your smartphone unlikely to damage your internal clock

Ed Cara | 
People who only occasionally fall down an internet rabbit hole on their smartphones late at night might be able to ...
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Amputees could ‘feel’ again with innovative prosthetic arm

Ed Cara | 
For people who have lost a hand or arm, prosthetics may restore some functioning, but not the sense of touch ...
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‘Do not waste your money’: Most heart-healthy supplements won’t cut your disease risk, study shows

Ed Cara | 
There are lots of things you can do to keep your heart healthy and hopefully live longer. But a new ...
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Herbal remedy kratom linked to seizures, addiction and deaths

Ed Cara | 
The herbal remedy kratom, often touted as an alternative treatment for opioid withdrawal or chronic pain, is in for more ...
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No, plants don’t have ‘conscious awareness’, scientists argue

George Dvorsky | 
The remarkable ability of plants to respond to their environment has led some scientists to believe it’s a sign of ...
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FDA warns kratom sellers to stop making unproven claims about chronic pain, opioid addiction benefits

Ed Cara | 
The Food and Drug Administration is still pressing down hard on kratom—the plant treatment that adherents say has helped them ...
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Viewpoint: No, cell phones aren’t causing people to grow horns

Ryan Mandelbaum | 
You might have heard recently, from publications like the Washington Post, NBC, and of course, Newsweek, that some people are ...
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Recently discovered Salmonella strain could render some infections ‘simply untreatable’

Ed Cara | 
Scientists at North Carolina State University say they’ve discovered disease-causing Salmonella bacteria in the U.S. that can resist one of ...