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Gene editing might help restore extinct plants used as food, medicine and perfume thousands of years ago

Jed Oelbaum | 
We debate the ethics of reviving extinct species like the passenger pigeon or woolly mammoth, with scientists clamoring to make some ...
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Colonizing other planets could be the key to humanity’s long-term survival

George Dvorsky | 
Our species will face no shortage of existential risks in the coming decades, whether it be from nuclear war, climate ...
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Second person cured of HIV after experimental stem cell transplant

Ed Cara | 
A London man living with HIV who received an experimental stem cell transplant has appeared free of the virus for ...
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Anxious dog? Here are some things that may be stressing your furry friend

George Dvorsky | 
Nearly three out of four dogs exhibit some kind of serious behavioral problem related to anxiety, according to a survey involving nearly ...
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Ancient tool technology passed down for thousands of generations by extinct human species, study says

George Dvorsky | 
When it comes to extinct human species, Neanderthals tend to hog the spotlight. But another group of early humans, Homo erectus, is ...
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Eliminating HIV by 2030 a real possibility, but ‘we’re not getting off to the right start’

Ed Cara | 
During his State of the Union address in February, President Donald Trump reiterated a promise he had made a year earlier: By ...
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We have standards in place to keep junk science out of criminal trials: ‘They aren’t working’

Jackie Rocheleau | 
While it’s now widely accepted that some forensic disciplines, like microscopic hair comparison, are junk science, evidence from similarly subjective ...
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‘Disaster for public trust in vaccines’: African malaria study conducted without patient consent

George Dvorsky | 
A scathing opinion piece in the BMJ is accusing the World Health Organization of conducting a pilot program in Africa ...
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Early humans may have mated with Neanderthals and Denisovans a lot more than we thought

Ryan Mandelbaum | 
Before we became the only remaining humans on the planet, Homo sapiens mated with Neanderthals and the closely related Denisovans. New research is now revealing ...
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We can eliminate cervical cancer by 2038

Ed Cara | 
A preventable cancer might be virtually eradicated in the U.S. within the next two decades, according to a new study out ...
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Immunotherapy breakthrough? CRISPR-edited immune cells proven safe for use in cancer patients in early stage trial

Ed Cara | 
Now for the first time in the U.S., researchers say they’ve shown that CRISPR-edited immune cells can be safely given ...
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How long will it take to develop a vaccine for the coronavirus?

Ed Cara | 
As a newly discovered pneumonia-causing virus threatens to engulf China and spread far beyond its borders, governments and researchers are ...
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Living without a sense of smell brings feelings of isolation and peril, study says

Ed Cara | 
A recent study is one of the first to highlight the plights faced by a small segment of the population: ...
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Cancer and heart disease contagious? It’s possible, through the microbiome, researchers argue

Ed Cara | 
It’s a science lesson you probably learned in grade school: You can only catch certain illnesses, like the flu, from ...
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Extinct human ancestor Homo erectus evolved in Africa—not Asia—new fossil study suggests

George Dvorsky | 
Homo erectus reached the Indonesian island of Java at some point between 1.3 million to 1.5 million years ago, according ...
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Genetic mutation blamed for mysterious heart condition killing young members of Amish community

Ed Cara | 
[D]octors at the Mayo Clinic say they’ve uncovered the cause of a mysterious heart condition that had suddenly killed over ...
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Rapid-diagnosing AI makes brain cancer operations ‘safer and more effective than ever before’

George Dvorsky | 
Expert human pathologists typically require around 30 minutes to diagnose brain tumors from tissue samples extracted during surgery. A new ...
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Another benefit of regular exercise— ‘agile, fast-moving sperm’

Ed Cara | 
Regular physical activity can keep a man’s sperm in tip-top shape, a new study suggests. The research was published [December 20] in ...
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Plant-based ‘Impossible Sausage’ set to debut

Adam Clark Estes | 
Impossible Foods just announced a new product: pork. And thanks to the new fake pork, there’s also sausage. It’s not ...
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Prehistoric ‘chewing gum’ contains Neolithic girl’s DNA, allowing scientists to reconstruct her face

George Dvorsky | 
Scientists in Denmark have squeaked out an entire human genome from a prehistoric piece of “chewing gum.” Made from birch ...
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Mind games: Do placebos have a place in modern medicine?

Ed Cara | 
Doctors in Australia commonly give their patients a placebo treatment intended mainly to ease their minds, according to a new ...
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First chimeric part-monkey piglets born in China

George Dvorsky | 
Scientists in China created piglets whose organs contained some monkey cells. The piglets all died within a week, illustrating the challenges ...
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Does ‘brain plasticity’ explain why these people can still smell, despite not having olfactory bulbs?

Ed Cara | 
Doctors there say they’ve found people who can smell just as well as anyone else, despite missing the key area ...
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9 significant archaeological discoveries of the past decade, including a Neanderthal-Denisovan hybrid

George Dvorsky | 
Here’s a look back at some of the most significant archaeological and anthropological discoveries of the past decade that fundamentally ...
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Humans originated in Botswana? New research challenged for using ‘weak and inconclusive genetic analysis’

George Dvorsky | 
A new paper claiming that modern humans originated in northern Botswana some 200,000 years ago is being criticized by experts, ...
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Humans ‘are not so special after all’: Neanderthals also knew how to start fires, evidence suggests

George Dvorsky | 
At some point, our ancestors harnessed the power of the flame to keep warm, cook food, produce new materials, shoo ...
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Inherited Neanderthal, Denisovan DNA may help with our metabolism, immunity and diet

George Dvorsky | 
Neanderthals and Denisovans went extinct some 35,000 to 40,000 years ago, but not before these closely related hominins interbred with ...
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Tiny, lab-grown brains allow researchers to explore what makes humans different

Ryan Mandelbaum | 
Researchers are growing human, ape, and monkey brain tissue in the lab in order to understand what makes us different ...