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Anti-aging pill ‘5 to 12 years away’

Amy Fleming | 
[I]magine if, instead of a pill you could take to live for ever, there was a pill that could push ...
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New analysis of Dead Sea scrolls reveals minerals not typically from region

Nicola Davis | 
The Dead Sea scrolls have given up fresh secrets, with researchers saying they have identified a previously unknown technique used ...
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Believe it or not, Neanderthals were both athletic and artsy

Laura Potier | 
They were sprinters.  Previously believed to have been endurance runners, it is now thought Neanderthals favoured “more power sprint than ...
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Are we moving closer to mind reading? Facebook-funded study turns brain signals into text

Ian Sample | 
With a radical new approach, doctors have found a way to extract a person’s speech directly from their brain.  The ...
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Using CRISPR to cure the sting of the venomous box jellyfish with a ‘simple’ spray

Naaman Zhou | 
In May, the Sydney-based scientist [Greg Neely] and his team of 22 announced they had potentially cured the sting of ...
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Inaccuracies in consumer genetic tests for BRCA mutations prompt call for crackdown from UK doctors

Hannah Devlin | 
Senior doctors have called for a crackdown on consumer genetic tests, following an influx of patients who have been wrongly ...
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Why unproven alternative cancer treatments are so dangerous

David Grimes | 
Cancer is oppressive and all-pervasive: half of us alive today will experience a direct brush with it. But despite its ...
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Brain changes can be spotted ‘years before’ Parkinson’s disease emerges

Nicola Davis | 
Changes in the brain that can be spotted years before physical symptoms of Parkinson’s disease occur might act as an ...
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‘Evolution in action’: How ancient humans developed a mutation to protect against diabetes

Ian Sample | 
An ancient mutation that spread through humans after the advent of cooking may protect people against high blood sugar and ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Race realists’ distort science to promote controversial political views

Angela Saini | 
Far-right and anti-immigrant groups have once more become visible and powerful across Europe and the US. … I have spent ...

In bid for US support, French candidate to head UN agricultural agency says she’s not necessarily opposed to GMO or gene-edited crops

Julian Borger | 
Europe’s candidate to run the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which guides policymakers around the world, has promised the ...
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Scientific challenges to CRISPR crops ‘largely settled,’ though political, social concerns remain

Karen Weintraub | 
Soon, soybeans will be bred to yield oil without dangerous trans fats. Lettuce will be grown to handle warmer, drier ...

Viewpoint: ‘Toxic’ chemicals fueled post-WWII economic boom in the United States—here’s why that’s a problem

McKay Jenkins | 
[B]efore [World War II], the vast majority of Americans lived in cities, or they lived on farms. Suddenly, with all ...
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Redesigning life: First living organism created with ‘fully synthetic’ genome

Ian Sample | 
Scientists have created the world’s first living organism that has a fully synthetic and radically altered DNA code. The lab-made ...
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Are men angrier than women? Or do they just show it more?

Hannah Devlin | 
Science is beginning to provide new explanations about the ways that personality, age, gender and life experiences shape the way ...
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Dark days: Examining Europe’s history of eugenics, including forced sterilizations in Sweden

Jonathan Freedland | 
In Sweden the self-examination has already begun. A government minister has admitted that “what went on is barbaric and a ...
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Medieval crusader armies had remarkable genetic diversity

Nicola Davis | 
Crusader armies were made up of people from remarkably genetically diverse backgrounds, hailing not just from western Europe but also much further ...
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Alternative protein market gets competitive as startup Beyond Meat preps for IPO

Edward Helmore | 
Wall Street is going vegan. At some point in the next four weeks, Beyond Meat, a pioneering plant-based meat alternative ...
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People may have lived in Australia for 120,000 years—twice as long as we thought

Paul Daley | 
Extensive archaeological research in southern Victoria has again raised the prospect that people have lived in Australia for 120,000 years ...
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3-parent baby sparks backlash after doctors use experimental procedure as a fertility treatment

Hannah Devlin | 
A baby with DNA from three people has been born in Greece following a controversial fertility treatment. The baby boy, weighing 2.9kg ...
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CRISPR-edited ‘super plants’ might be our best chance to slow climate change

Adam Popescu | 
If this were a film about humanity’s last hope before climate change wiped us out, Hollywood would be accused of ...
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Can genetic tests predict our cancer risk?

Hannah Devlin | 
The [UK] health secretary, Matt Hancock, [recently] shared his shock at discovering that he is at greater than average risk for ...
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Video: CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna explains Cas-9 gene editing

Jennifer Doudna, Jess Gormley | 
Prof Jennifer Doudna, one the pioneers of Crispr-Cas9 gene editing, explains how this revolutionary discovery enables precise changes to our ...
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EU bans popular fungicide chlorothalonil, citing ‘high risk’ to amphibians, fish and bumblebees

Damian Carrington | 
One of the world’s most common pesticides will soon be banned by the European Union after safety officials reported human health and ...

Will ‘Green New Deal’ mean the end of hamburgers?

Jan Dutkiewicz | 
Amid the various critiques of the proposed Green New Deal, few capture the alarmism of the American right quite like ...
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Roundup lawsuit: Plaintiff takes the stand against Monsanto in first federal glyphosate-cancer trial

Sam Levin | 
Edwin Hardeman, the first person to challenge Monsanto’s Roundup in a federal trial, testified [March 5] that he sprayed the ...
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Is a 10 minute cancer blood test coming soon?

Zoe Corbyn | 
About seven years ago, researchers at the US DNA sequencing company Illumina started to notice something odd. A new blood test it ...
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Monsanto lawsuit: Judge threatens to ‘shut down’ plaintiff’s attorney for presenting banned evidence in glyphosate-cancer trial

Sam Levin | 
Monsanto is facing its first federal trial over allegations that its Roundup weedkiller causes cancer, but a US judge has blocked ...