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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 ...
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Lee Berger: Paleoanthropologist ‘rewriting’ human evolutionary history

Colin Barras | 
[Lee Berger] is the palaeoanthropologist behind the recent discoveries of not one but two new species of human ancestor. The ...

CRISPR shows promise against a ‘range of disorders’ in animal studies

Michael Le Page | 
The race is on to edit the DNA in our body to fight or prevent disease. Promising results from animal ...
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CRISPR gene-edited wheat safe for celiac sufferers on horizon

Michael Le Page | 
People forced to avoid gluten could soon have their bread (and cake) and eat it. Now there are strains of wheat that ...
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Far out: Could psychedelics fight ‘treatment-resistant’ depression?

Alasdair Pickles, Colin Hendrie | 
Given existing antidepressants don’t work for many people, the excitement surrounding the development of a new class of treatments from ...
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How, why and when humans became able to talk

Andy Coghlan | 
How and when did we first become able to speak? A new analysis of our DNA reveals key evolutionary changes ...

Viewpoint: Don’t expect the first CRISPR baby to be born in the US

Jim Kozubek | 
The media well and truly pricked up its collective ears when US geneticist Shoukhrat Mitalipov last month showed that he ...
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Stem cell implants could provide ‘functional cure’ for type 1 diabetes

Andy Coghlan | 
Last week, two people with type 1 diabetes became the first to receive implants containing cells generated from embryonic stem cells to ...

Junk collecting: As little as 8 percent of our DNA may have functional impact

Michael Le Page | 
The code that makes us is at least 75 percent rubbish, according to a study that suggests most of our ...
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Fossilized child’s tooth offers rare clue about our Denisovan ancestors

Colin Barras | 
Three becomes four. The extraordinarily sparse fossil record of the Denisovans – an ancient form of human – has gained ...
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Hominids in love: Humans and Neanderthals may have mated more than 219,000 years ago

Aylin Woodward | 
If modern humans didn’t reach Europe until about 60,000 years ago, how has DNA from them turned up in a ...
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Controversial CRISPR-causes-unwanted-mutations study possibly tainted by use of closely-related mice

Michael Le Page | 
In May 2017, a study claimed that the revolutionary CRISPR gene editing technique can cause thousands of unwanted and potentially ...
Say that again? Drug treatment could help older brains distinguish sounds

Say that again? Drug treatment could help older brains distinguish sounds

Alice Klein | 
Have you noticed that learning languages or musical instruments becomes harder as you get older? It may be because your ...
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Virtual reality: Avatars help amputees control their prosthetics

Sam Wong | 
People who have had amputations can control a virtual avatar using their imagination alone, thanks to a system that uses ...

Eye tech: Synthetic iris may revolutionize human eye repair

Leah Crane | 
An artificial iris can open and close in response to sunlight without any other outside control, just like the ones ...
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CMV birth defects may be prevented by drug typically used to treat anxiety

Linda Geddes | 
An anxiety drug could prevent a common virus from causing birth defects and deafness, a study in newborn mice suggests ...
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