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We need to produce 56 percent more calories by 2050—can we do it sustainably?

Brad Plumer | 
 If the world hopes to make meaningful progress on climate change, it won’t be enough for cars and factories to ...
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Genetically modified humans? Here’s why they already exist

Carl Zimmer | 
It felt as if humanity had crossed an important line: In China, a scientist named He Jiankui announced on Monday ...

What if you think you’re black, but your DNA test disagrees?

Ruth Padawer | 
Three years ago, when Sigrid E. Johnson was 62, she got a call from a researcher seeking volunteers for a ...

Abuse of open records requests by activists, corporations threatens government transparency, report shows

Elizabeth Williamson | 
Dennis J. Ventry Jr., a law professor at the University of California, Davis, drew the ire of tax preparation companies ...
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White supremacists, milk and an ‘inconvenient truth’ about genetics

Amy Harmon | 
Nowhere on the agenda of the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, being held in San ...
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Patenting the genes of marine life and what it means for medicine

Heather Murphy | 
[Marine animal] DNA is included among thousands of patents owned by BASF, which calls itself “the largest chemical producer in the ...
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‘Anger into activism’: One woman’s quest to raise awareness of BRCA mutations in Jewish populations

Susan Gubar | 
You don’t have to be Jewish to inherit one of the BRCA gene mutations. But these mutations, which increase the risk ...

Can we eradicate malaria with promising new gene drive technique?

Nicholas Wade | 
Malaria is among the world’s worst scourges. In 2016 the disease, which is caused by a parasite and transmitted by ...

When consumer genetic tests disagree on critical mutations

Laura Hercher | 
[Matt Fender] wasn’t worried last December when he clicked a button to dump all the raw data from his 23andMe ...
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Viewpoint: Precision medicine promises a lot, but has delivered little

Liz Szabo | 
Doctors and hospitals love to talk about the patients they’ve saved with precision medicine, and reporters love to write about ...
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‘Living medicine’: Reengineering bacteria to tackle genetic diseases

Carl Zimmer | 
In a study carried out over the summer, a group of volunteers drank a white, peppermint-ish concoction laced with billions ...

Discovering a ‘third kingdom’: How this scientist upended Darwin’s ‘tree of life’

David Quammen | 
On Nov. 3, 1977, a new scientific revolution was heralded to the world — but it came cryptically, in slightly ...
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Pursuing alternatives: Honeybees may be helped by other pollinators

Catherine Allchin | 
The honeybee, Apis mellifera, has been the dominant pollinator for decades but now is threatened by pesticides, pathogens, parasites and ...
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Bringing us closer to ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ hemophilia treatment with experimental gene therapies

Gina Kolata | 
Scientists are edging closer to defeating a longtime enemy of human health: hemophilia, the inability to form blood clots. After ...

DNA links Nevada inmate to 34-year-old unsolved murders in Colorado

Christopher Mele | 
The murders were as inexplicable as they were gruesome: separate killings six days apart in 1984 near Denver that claimed ...

Genetic crystal ball? Forecasting 5 serious diseases with algorithm that checks 6.6 million DNA spots

Gina Kolata | 
Scientists have created a powerful new tool to calculate a person’s inherited risks for heart disease, breast cancer and three ...
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Viewpoint: Here’s how to separate science from marketing hype on food labels

Lizz Schumer | 
If your head starts spinning when trying to make healthy and budget-friendly food choices, you’re not alone. Take a look ...
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Why you may need a second, or even third, opinion on your genetic test results

Gina Kolata | 
[Radiology resident Joshua Clayton] sent a sample of his saliva to 23andMe, the genetic testing company. His report was pretty ...
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‘Astonished and appalled’: World Health officials shocked by US opposition to breast feeding resolution

Andrew Jacobs | 
A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who ...
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Bumblebees do better in cities than on farms, study finds

Joanna Klein | 
Cities are filled with buildings, people and concrete — usually not seen as the ideal place for anything wild but ...

Precision medicine and cancer: More than just ‘mutant-hunting’

Siddhartha Mukherjee | 
In many of our genome-obsessed minds, the problem of cancer had become reduced to a rather simple, scalable algorithm: find ...
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Why don’t men have longer, healthier lives? Blame it on the Y chromosome

Natalie Angier | 
New evidence indicates that the Y chromosome participates in an array of essential, general-interest tasks in men, like stanching cancerous ...
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Treating alpha thalassemia major with prenatal blood transfusions, bone marrow transplant

Denise Grady | 
In the three months before she was even born, Elianna Constantino received five blood transfusions and a bone-marrow transplant. All ...

Why can your DNA vary from cell to cell? Mosaicism is a ‘hidden mix of mutations’

Carl Zimmer | 
James Priest couldn’t make sense of it. He was examining the DNA of a desperately ill baby, searching for a ...
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Bridging the ‘gulf between patients and researchers’ in cancer treatment

Susan Gubar | 
When my cancer support group visited a research lab, the discussion of proteomics, fibroblasts and microRNAs made about as much ...
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Is the nucleolus the key to stopping cellular aging?

Joanna Klein | 
Under a microscope, it’s hard to miss. Take just about any cell, find the nucleus, then look inside it for ...
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The infamous life and death of biohacker Aaron Traywick

Jonah Bromwich | 
In the span of two years, Aaron Traywick, who was 28 when he died, went from a virtual unknown to ...
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Consumer DNA tests: Answering questions ‘we didn’t even know we had’

Amanda Hess | 
23andMe is among a crop of new services that have arrived to help us mine our genetic material for answers ...