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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 ...
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‘Holy grail of medicine’: Experimental drug promises to stop flu in its tracks—if it works in humans

Ed Cara | 
We might be inching closer to a holy grail of medicine: an incredibly effective flu-killing drug that the virus can’t ...
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‘Unexpected’ marriage practices, slavery, social inequality revealed in analysis of Bronze Age remains

George Dvorsky | 
A fascinating new study chronicles the family histories of European Bronze Age households, revealing the presence of surprising marital practices, ...
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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 ...