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Human brains have more in common with our ‘ape cousins’ than previously thought

James Urquhart | 
Our brains could have more in common with our ape cousins than previously thought, which might require us to rethink ...
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‘It’s the wild west out there’: Courts frequently use controversial psychological tests

Clare Wilson | 
A third of the psychological tests used in US court proceedings aren’t generally accepted by experts in the field, a ...
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Ancient mummy ‘speaks’ with reconstructed vocal tract

Donna Lu | 
David Howard at Royal Holloway, University of London, and his colleagues have reconstructed the vocal tract of Nesyamun, a priest ...
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CRISPR immunizes chickens against deadly virus, potentially boosting global egg and meat production

Michael Le Page | 
CRISPR genome editing has been used to make chickens resistant to a common virus. The approach could boost egg and ...
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Your dog may be paying closer attention to your words than you realize

Gege Li | 
Dogs pay much closer attention to what humans say than we realised, even to words that are probably meaningless to ...
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Could ‘ultrasonic squeals’ from plants help farmers protect water-starved crops?

Adam Vaughan | 
Although it has been revealed in recent years that plants are capable of seeing, hearing and smelling, they are still ...
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Genetic sequencing for everyone? UK trial program challenged as ‘ethically questionable’

Clare Wilson | 
Plans for the National Health Service to sequence the DNA of every baby born in the UK, starting with a ...
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Does marijuana help with depression and anxiety? This study finds scant evidence to support growing claims

Ruby Scully | 
A major study has found little evidence that cannabis helps with depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions, despite growing ...
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If Britain and Wales went 100% organic, crop yields would crash by half and carbon emissions would double, UK study shows

Michael Le Page | 
Greenhouse gas emissions would go up if all farms in England and Wales went organic. Though the emissions of individual ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Ancient grains’ can transform your health? Probably not—and they’re more recent than you think

James Wong | 
KHORASAN, teff, emmer and amaranth. No, these aren’t planets in the next Star Wars movie, but some of the growing ...
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Funnel web spider venom kills a human in an hour—can we use it to battle deadly honeybee pests?

Leo Benedictus | 
A bite from a funnel web spider delivers neurotoxins that can kill an adult in hours, or a child in ...
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Early intervention: Sequencing fetal DNA could identify genetic disorders

Sam Wong | 
A new test allows doctors to diagnose genetic disorders in fetuses early in pregnancy by sequencing small amounts of fetal ...
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CRISPR used to fight virus hiding inside banana genome

Michael Le Page | 
Genome editing has been used to destroy a virus that lurks inside many of the bananas grown in Africa. Other ...

Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess really did die in Spandau prison, DNA test confirms

Rowan Hooper | 
It is one of the greatest remaining conspiracy theories of the second world war. In May 1941, Adolf Hitler’s deputy führer, Rudolf Hess, ...

Gene-edited crops declared GMOs in EU court ruling

Michael Le Page | 
Organisms created by methods that alter the DNA, including CRISPR gene editing, should be subject to the same EU laws as ...
Up to 270 of 450,000 British women who missed breast cancer screens because of computer error died...or maybe not

Up to 270 of 450,000 British women who missed breast cancer screens because of computer error died…or maybe not

David Spiegelhalter | 
It was announced...that, between 2009 and 2018, a computer error meant that 450,000 women aged around 70 in the UK were ...
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Can ‘G-spotplasty’ surgery boost sexual satisfaction in women?

Helen Thomson | 
Three women have received a surgery intended to improve G-spot sensitivity and increase sexual satisfaction. The procedure tightens tissue in ...
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Breastfeeding breakthrough: Transgender woman is first to feed her baby

Jessica Hamzelou | 
A 30-year-old transgender woman has become the first officially recorded to breastfeed her baby. An experimental three-and-a-half-month treatment regimen, which included hormones, a ...
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Mom was right: Teenagers’ brains can’t process what’s important and what’s not

Jessica Hamzelou | 
Adults are generally pretty good at being able to tell when a situation is worthy of extra time or concentration ...

Women may have something to gain from male infertility

The plot of P.D.James’s dystopian novel The Children Of Men revolves around a provocative thought experiment: what would happen if ...

Should we populate other habitable worlds with life from Earth?

James Romero | 
Our galaxy may contain billions of habitable worlds that don’t host any life. Should we attempt to change that? Claudius ...

Would switching to 100% organic farming help the environment? ‘Absolutely not’

Michael Le Page | 
Should the world’s farms go 100 percent organic to protect the environment? Absolutely not. One huge problem is that organic ...
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World Anti-Doping Agency says ‘no’ to gene editing in sports competitions

Michael Le Page | 
The battle between sports cheats and testers is poised to enter a whole new arena. The World Anti-Doping Agency has ...
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GM yeast grows non-psychoactive marijuana compound for potential epilepsy treatment

Mallory Locklear | 
A non-psychoactive compound found in marijuana plants called cannabidivarin (CBDV) has shown promise in the treatment of severe cases of epilepsy ...

Glyphosate herbicide ban won’t save anyone from cancer, will harm environment

Michael Le Page | 
The widely used weedkiller glyphosate is available in every garden store, but now there are fears it can cause cancer ...
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Should you get paid for your genetic data?

Jessica Hamzelou | 
Your DNA determines many aspects of who you are, and an increasing number of companies are claiming they can decode ...
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Different types of meditations affect your brain in unique ways

Caroline Williams | 
We are used to hearing that meditation is good for the brain, but now it seems that not just any kind ...

Unapproved artificial organs implanted in humans

Helen Thomson | 
Experimental implants manufactured at University College London were sent abroad and used on patients despite not having approval for human ...