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Debate emerges over using CRISPR gene editing to prevent opioid overdoses

Nicholas McCarty | 
According to the CDC, about 47,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2018, a number that remained steady from the previous ...
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The genetics of poop and how it can help our health – and threaten our privacy

Jennifer Tsang | 
Everyone pees and poops. We excrete metabolites, vitamins, microbes, and even our own cells. This information makes its way into ...
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The mystery of the human butt

Darcy Shapiro | 
Take a look around the animal kingdom. Even our closest living relatives among the great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, and gorillas), ...
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Rat magnets: Why did cats become attached to humans?

Rebecca Dzombak | 
The exact relationship between early, semi-domesticated cats and humans isn’t clear cut. While there’s some evidence that people had personal ...
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Brain activation: How to help the blind see

Meredith Schmehl | 
[I]n a recent study at Baylor College of Medicine, researchers made the blind see. A team led by neurosurgeon Daniel Yoshor “drew” letters ...
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Greta could be the first wooly mammoth-elephant hybrid—and the loneliest animal in the world

Britt Wray | 
The room is bright and her bath is warm. A clamp slides over her sides. She squeals as it hoists ...
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Sniff test: How our sense of smell appears to signal whether an unresponsive patient might recover consciousness

Thiago Arzua | 
Even with more recent technologies, such as brain imaging, the rate of misdiagnosis in DOC [disorders of consciousness] patients could ...
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Repairing retinas and restoring vision: Generating photoreceptors directly from skin cells offers ‘quick and easy’ therapy

Claudia Lopez-Lloreda | 
Damage to the retina can have serious consequences and lead to retinal diseases. Even cutting edge medicine like cell therapy ...
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Recreation of Earth’s ancient hydrothermal vents suggests life could emerge even on ‘hellish worlds’

Shi En Kim | 
One theory for how life emerged suggests that it originated in the sea, at alkaline hydrothermal vents. It’s impossible to ...
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Rise of the dinosaur may have been fueled by earlier mass extinction event

Lauren Young | 
When it was alive, this large, crocodile-like reptile lurked in the swamps and rivers of the Triassic — a time ...
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Seeking the ‘secret ingredient’ that led to life on Earth. Researchers may have discovered it

Lauren Gandy | 
Think of the RNA world as a pot of gazpacho. We prepare ingredients and then stir them into a single ...
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If we have difficulty defining ‘life’ on earth, how will we identify it on other planets?

Alison Koontz | 
What does it mean to be alive? Science, shockingly, still doesn’t have a consensus. For example, is it fair to ...
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While you sleep, your brain decides which memories to keep, and which ones go to ‘the garbage bin’

Kamila Kourbanova | 
We don’t remember every detail of our lives: Our brains decide which events are important for long-term storage and which ...
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Biomarkers could be key to blood test for concussions

Sarah LaFramboise | 
There is no single distinguishing feature of a concussion. Most of these symptoms can also be present in other types of injury ...
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Travel restrictions to stop the coronavirus? Here’s why they won’t work.

Haley Feazel-Orr | 
Travel restrictions, though not recommended by the WHO, are a tool that countries use in hopes of stopping the spread of ...
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Viewpoint: Protecting NFL players’ brains demands ‘unbiased researchers with good intentions’

Christina Marvin | 
As a spectator, it’s easy to forget the long term consequences of 300 pound humans crashing into each other at over 20 ...
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Stealth technology could offer ‘secure, selective and precise’ delivery system for cancer drugs

Shi En Kim | 
Earlier this year, researchers assembled an intelligent and autonomous nanostructure entirely out of DNA that delivered and released a cancer drug. Cancer ...
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Moderate drinking won’t shrink your brain, but people with smaller brains do drink ‘slightly’ more

David Baranger | 
Alcohol is one of the most widely used and abused drugs on the planet. It’s important for us to understand how it is, or ...
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Why virtual reality is a ‘far from perfect’ tool for studying how the brain works

Dori Grijseels | 
Virtual Reality (VR) is not just for video games. Researchers use it in studies of brains from all kinds of ...