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Humans have been addicted to carbs since before we even domesticated crops

Humans have been addicted to carbs since before we even domesticated crops

Andrew Curry | 
Over the past four years, [researcher Laura] Dietrich has discovered that the people who built [the world’s oldest temple discovered] ...
An instinct for numbers? Ancient humans and even some animals evolved the ability to count

An instinct for numbers? Ancient humans and even some animals evolved the ability to count

Colin Barras | 
Although researchers once thought that humans were the only species with a sense of quantity, studies since the mid-twentieth century ...
For those who got COVID-19, immunity could last for the rest of your life

For those who got COVID-19, immunity could last for the rest of your life

Ewen Callaway | 
Many people who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2 will probably make antibodies against the virus for most of their lives ...
Here’s why mixing and matching shots is likely superior than using just one brand

Here’s why mixing and matching shots is likely superior than using just one brand

Ewen Callaway | 
Vaccinating people with both the Oxford–AstraZeneca and Pfizer–BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines produces a potent immune response against the virus SARS-CoV-2, researchers ...
Should I wear a mask? More than one year into the pandemic, science provides updated advice

Should I wear a mask? More than one year into the pandemic, science provides updated advice

Lynne Peeples | 
The evidence is clear that masks cut down on COVID-19 deaths, but nearly a year and a half into the ...
Viewpoint: Why loosening rules on human embryo use in stem cell research was a good move

Viewpoint: Why loosening rules on human embryo use in stem cell research was a good move

Robin Lovell-Badge | 
Most scientists want clear boundaries delineating which experiments [on human embryos] are acceptable, both legally and to society. And the ...
International guidance limiting human embryo research to 14 days has been relaxed, opening door to advanced human development and disease breakthroughs. Here are the scientific and ethical implications

International guidance limiting human embryo research to 14 days has been relaxed, opening door to advanced human development and disease breakthroughs. Here are the scientific and ethical implications

Nidhi Subbaraman | 
Previously, the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) recommended that scientists culture human embryos for no more than two ...
‘Game-changing failure’: Trials of two Huntington’s disease-fighting gene therapy drugs halted, in ‘crushing blow’ to sufferers

‘Game-changing failure’: Trials of two Huntington’s disease-fighting gene therapy drugs halted, in ‘crushing blow’ to sufferers

Diana Kwon | 
Researchers had hoped that [a new treatment in trials] —known as antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs)—would be a game changer for [Huntington’s ...
How prevalent are microplastics in our environment? How harmful are they?

How prevalent are microplastics in our environment? How harmful are they?

Xiao Zhi Lim | 
From limited surveys of microplastics in the air, water, salt and seafood, children and adults might ingest anywhere from dozens ...
Most people have mild reactions to COVID vaccines — but for some side effects are serious. Understanding why is challenging

Most people have mild reactions to COVID vaccines — but for some side effects are serious. Understanding why is challenging

Ariana Remmel | 
In an ideal situation, an adverse event would be directly linked to a vaccine using a specific lab test. For ...
5 reasons why we might never reach COVID herd immunity

5 reasons why we might never reach COVID herd immunity

Christie Aschwanden | 
Long-term prospects for the pandemic probably include COVID-19 becoming an endemic disease, much like influenza. But in the near term, ...
After years of public and regulatory resistance in the US, first batch of mosquitoes genetically engineered to end Zika, dengue and other transmittable diseases are released

After years of public and regulatory resistance in the US, first batch of mosquitoes genetically engineered to end Zika, dengue and other transmittable diseases are released

Emily Waltz | 
After a decade of fighting for regulatory approval and public acceptance, a biotechnology firm has released genetically engineered mosquitoes into ...
Viewpoint: Why technology alone cannot solve world hunger and food insecurity

Viewpoint: Why technology alone cannot solve world hunger and food insecurity

Among technologies expected to aid the production of more and safer food in the future are cultured meat, precision agriculture, ...
Infographic: Gene therapy drugs that silence the effects of faulty genes could help tackle Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative diseases

Infographic: Gene therapy drugs that silence the effects of faulty genes could help tackle Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative diseases

Diana Kwon | 
Huntington’s disease (HD) is an inherited condition that causes widespread deterioration in the brain and disrupts thinking, behaviour, emotion and ...
Human-monkey chimeras: Ethics questions mount as hybrid animal embryo lives for 19 days

Human-monkey chimeras: Ethics questions mount as hybrid animal embryo lives for 19 days

Nidhi Subbaraman | 
Scientists have successfully grown monkey embryos containing human cells for the first time — the latest milestone in a rapidly ...
Engineered tomatoes kill whiteflies by ‘silencing’ gene that protects them from pesticides

Engineered tomatoes kill whiteflies by ‘silencing’ gene that protects them from pesticides

Heidi Ledford | 
A pernicious agricultural pest owes some of its success to a gene pilfered from its plant host millions of years ...
Thanks to gene editing, another biotech-driven farming revolution might be ‘just around the corner'

Thanks to gene editing, another biotech-driven farming revolution might be ‘just around the corner’

The basic principle of crop breeding is to first discover and then select for variants with desired traits. While selection ...
First lab-grown chicken nuggets just hit restaurants in Singapore, and more ‘slaughter-free’ meats could arrive in 2021

First lab-grown chicken nuggets just hit restaurants in Singapore, and more ‘slaughter-free’ meats could arrive in 2021

Emily Waltz | 
The company behind [an in vitro cultured] poultry product, Eat Just, has since sold more than 200 servings of the ...
Nature editorial: Post-Brexit, the UK should embrace gene editing in food and agriculture while taking safety concerns seriously

Nature editorial: Post-Brexit, the UK should embrace gene editing in food and agriculture while taking safety concerns seriously

[B]ecause of Brexit, [the UK] has an opportunity to diverge from EU [agricultural] regulations. In a consultation that [ended] on ...
Infographic: Is COVID here to stay? Why the virus may never be eradicated

Infographic: Is COVID here to stay? Why the virus may never be eradicated

Nicky Phillips | 
Nature asked more than 100 immunologists, infectious-disease researchers and virologists working on the coronavirus whether it could be eradicated. Almost ...
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Global food system responsible for 34% of greenhouse gas emissions, study finds

M. Crippa | 
We have developed a new global food emissions database (EDGAR-FOOD) estimating greenhouse gas (GHG; CO2, CH4, N2O, fluorinated gases) emissions ...
Viewpoint: 20 years into the human genome revolution, how can we make genomics more accessible and transparent?

Viewpoint: 20 years into the human genome revolution, how can we make genomics more accessible and transparent?

[20 years after the Human Genome Project,] many of the ethical, legal and social implications of genome research — including ...
Optimizing vaccine rollout: Should we be concerned about taking possibly less effective — but easier to distribute — COVID shots like AstraZeneca's and J&J's?

Optimizing vaccine rollout: Should we be concerned about taking possibly less effective — but easier to distribute — COVID shots like AstraZeneca’s and J&J’s?

Heidi Ledford | 
Yusuff Adebayo Adebisi knows that a vaccine that offers 70% protection against COVID-19 could be a valuable tool against the ...
CRISPR ‘mini-brains’ made from Neanderthal DNA offer insight into the evolution of human cognition

CRISPR ‘mini-brains’ made from Neanderthal DNA offer insight into the evolution of human cognition

Ariana Remmel | 
Humans are more closely related to Neanderthals and Denisovans than to any living primate, and some 40% of the Neanderthal ...
Could Ethiopia make or break the future of GM crops in Africa?

Could Ethiopia make or break the future of GM crops in Africa?

Tesfaye Sida | 
I have followed with interest the recent controversy around plantings of transgenic crops in Ethiopia. Until 2015, the country took ...
Psychedelics are revolutionizing psychiatry. Here's what we can expect

Psychedelics are revolutionizing psychiatry. Here’s what we can expect

Paul Tullis | 
Once dismissed as the dangerous dalliances of the counterculture, [psychedelic drugs] are gaining mainstream acceptance. Several states and cities in ...
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GM, insect-resistant Bt rice unlikely to pose a health risk, study shows

Rice is considered one of the most important staple food crops. Genetically modified (GM) Bt rice [harboring the] cry1Ab gene ...
Crash effort to develop coronavirus vaccines has revolutionized disease treatment

Crash effort to develop coronavirus vaccines has revolutionized disease treatment

Philip Ball | 
The COVID-19 experience will almost certainly change the future of vaccine science, says Dan Barouch, director of the Center for ...
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