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Sleepy during the day? Struggle with sleep apnea? Both are genetically linked to telomeres, parts of your chromosomes that reflect biological age

Sleepy during the day? Struggle with sleep apnea? Both are genetically linked to telomeres, parts of your chromosomes that reflect biological age

Sophie Putka | 
A predilection for afternoon naps does not necessarily mean you need to worry about your own mortality, but the scientific ...
One gene dramatically increases our chances of getting tuberculosis. Here is how evolution mostly knocked it out

One gene dramatically increases our chances of getting tuberculosis. Here is how evolution mostly knocked it out

Sophie Putka | 
Tuberculosis is the deadliest infectious disease in human history, responsible for the deaths of about a billion people in the ...
‘Selfish sperm’: Why men generate it and how it drives evolution

‘Selfish sperm’: Why men generate it and how it drives evolution

David Grossman | 
[L]ike all animals, we are biologically driven to try and pass our genetic material on to the next generation, and ...
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Missing link: The complicated sex lives of ancient humans

Emma Betuel | 
Analysis of two Neanderthal genomes, one Denisovan genome, and four modern human genomes revealed new evidence of gene flow between ...
Podcast: How male sex drive evolved

Podcast: How male sex drive evolved

For decades, scientists suggested that fatherhood fulfilled a primarily evolutionary function: protecting and providing for offspring in return for sex ...
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Why did fatherhood evolve?

Emma Betuel | 
We might take the doting modern dad for granted, but if you take a look at the rest of the ...
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How an event in what is now the United States may have contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire

Nina Pullano | 
With a new analysis of particles found in ice cores, researchers determined that [Alaskan volcano] Okmok's eruption coincided with Rome's ...
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Recreating evolution: Human gene triggers bigger brains in monkeys

Nina Pullano | 
Researchers in Germany and Japan introduced a human-specific gene to the fetuses of common marmosets, Callithrix jacchus. In turn, that ...
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‘Extreme difficulty’ trusting past experiences may be key factor for people with OCD, study says

Grace Browne | 
Often, the human brain can overcome worries and fears by casting the mind back to past experiences that have worked ...
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3 modern adaptations that prove humans are still evolving

Sarah Sloat | 
Genetic mutations lead to new traits — and with the world population now above 7 billion and rising, the chances ...
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Gene-editing ‘vaccine’ could radically change heart disease risk

Ali Pattillo | 
As many as 50 percent of heart attacks strike without any warning signs and in individuals with no history of heart disease. When ...
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Interbreeding with Neanderthals, Denisovans gave us an evolutionary boost, study says

Sarah Sloat | 
When Homo sapiens left Africa and encountered the Homo neanderthalensis in Europe, the two ancient hominins did the obvious thing and had sex with ...
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What the next 20 years have in store for male birth control, including a gel rubbed into the shoulders

Sarah Sloat | 
[M]ale contraception has been limited to the same two options for the last 100 years: condoms and a vasectomy. Neither ...
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3 ‘biomarkers’ linked to male sexual orientation in study

Yasmin Tayag | 
The search for the “gay gene” is rooted in a fraught question: Does homosexuality have a biological basis? The reasons ...
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Fathers who exercise may also improve the genetics of their children, study suggests

Emma Betuel | 
A positive perception of regular exercise may be one of the more lasting gifts a parent can give their children. But there’s ...
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CRISPR-edited chickens are coming: Can they stop a bird flu epidemic?

Sarah Sloat | 
Humans don’t usually get the flu directly from animals, but human outbreaks of bird and swine flu can and do ...
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Tragic tradeoff: How depression evaded evolution

Emma Betuel | 
Depression is an evolutionary conundrum. On the one hand, it’s the leading cause of disability worldwide; on the other, the ...
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Climate change makes bugs hungrier, which could threaten our food supply

Dana Dovey | 
Climate change is already threatening our food supply by raising temperatures and causing wildfires, but as a new study in ...
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Linked at last? 4-million-year-old skull connects humans to ‘Lucy’ ancestor

Sarah Sloat | 
Long before Neanderthals or Homo erectus wandered the Earth, there lived an early human species called Australopithecus afarensis. Most famously represented by the specimen known ...
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We’ve been dealing with bubonic plague for 4,000 years, DNA analysis of ancient skeletons shows

Sarah Sloat | 
Recently, the examination of two 3,800-year old skeletons revealed the presence of a Yersinia pestis strain, famously the bacterium that causes plague. This ...
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Evolution of modern human behavior linked to the rounding of our brains

Sarah Sloat | 
In a study published [January 24] in Science Advances, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology announced that the earliest Homo sapiens did ...
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Racists are wrong: Both light and dark skin originated in Africa

Yasmin Tayag | 
[L]ong-held racist assumptions based on skin color have been scientifically proven wrong, according to a groundbreaking new study in the ...
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Why evolution does not weed out all genetic diseases

Peter Hess | 
To anyone with a basic understanding of evolution, it should seem puzzling that deadly genetic diseases, passed on from one generation to ...
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Lava tube cities could be key to colonization of Moon and Mars

Sarah Sloat | 
[R]esearchers at the European Planetary Science Congress, an annual meeting of that serves as a “dissemination platform” for new space studies, ...
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Redheads easily sunburned because of the mutation that gives them red hair

Rafi Letzter | 
[M]ost everyone — regardless of hair color — burns. Even people who never burn build up mutations in their skin ...
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Junk food cravings? That burning desire for chocolate may be genetic

Peter Hess | 
[A]ccording to some new research on how your genes affect the foods you seek out, it’s not your fault [if ...
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Will you lose your hair? Baldness algorithm of 287 gene regions can predict your chances

Sarah Sloat | 
[A] recent study...has become the first to detail exactly which genes are involved [in male pattern baldness]. ... [A] team ...
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‘Alphabet of life’ expanded by 2 synthetic letters, may help make organisms ‘Earth has never seen’

Yasmin Tayag | 
Until very recently, life on Earth was dictated by strings of just four letters: G, A, T, and C...Deciphering nature’s ...
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