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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 ...
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Which foods does the USDA’s proposed ‘bioengineered’ label cover?

Amy Harmon | 
The United States Department of Agriculture has proposed new guidelines for labeling foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. Food makers will ...
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Immunotherapy as a last resort for terminal cancer patients

Gina Kolata | 
Dr. Oliver Sartor has a provocative question for patients who are running out of time. Most are dying of prostate ...
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Close to home: Biologist was studying gene now linked to daughter’s rare illness

Pam Belluck | 
By the time her mother received the doctor’s email, Yuna Lee was already 2 years old, a child with a ...

Menopause may put women at greater risk for Alzheimer’s

Lisa Mosconi | 
[W]e are only beginning to understand is why women are more susceptible [to Alzheimer's]. What factors differentiate women from men, ...
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Viewpoint: California’s coffee cancer label isn’t backed by evidence—and could do more harm than good

Aaron Carroll | 
About two-thirds of smokers will die early from cigarette-based illnesses. Cigarettes are also very addictive. Because of this, it seems reasonable to place warnings ...
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The rove beetle may help us ‘answer questions about evolution’ other insects can’t

James Gorman, Joseph Parker | 
It is rare that a new organism is introduced as a model for study in biology, but Dr. [Joseph] Parker ...
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Viewpoint: Why consumers should reconsider ‘blanket opposition’ to GMO crops

Jane Brody | 
It’s human nature, it seems, to resist change and fear the unknown. So it is no surprise that genetic engineering ...

Regenerative agriculture: Can ‘carbon farming’ help battle climate change by improving soil health?

Moises Velasquez-Manoff | 
[Regenerative agriculture's] guiding principle is not just to farm sustainably — that implies mere maintenance of what might, after all, ...
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‘Natural traveler’? Humans may not be responsible for sweet potato’s migration from South America to Pacific

Carl Zimmer | 
Of all the plants that humanity has turned into crops, none is more puzzling than the sweet potato. Indigenous people ...
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Viewpoint: Time to reassess Nazi Hans Asperger’s role in study of autism

Edith Sheffer | 
I have spent the past seven years researching the Nazi past of Dr. Hans Asperger. Asperger is credited with shaping ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Race’ may be a social construct, but denying ancestral-based group genetic differences is ‘indefensible’

David Reich | 
With the help of [advances in DNA sequencing], we are learning that while race may be a social construct, differences ...

‘All of Us’: NIH biobank set to collect genomes of 1 million people to address chronic diseases

Gina Kolata | 
This spring, the National Institutes of Health will start recruiting participants for one of the most ambitious medical projects ever ...
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Conservation steward challenge: Which endangered species should we intervene to save?

Jennifer Kahn | 
[O]ur role as stewards of the earth is becoming more and more like that of doctors in a global intensive-care ...
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Unexplained ailments? Genetic mutations may be responsible

Carl Zimmer | 
Gregor Mendel discovered fundamental rules of genetics by raising pea plants. He realized that hidden factors — we now know ...
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World’s largest family tree could help explain why we stopped marrying our cousins

Steph Yin | 
Before the Industrial Revolution in the United States, Canada and Europe, you might have ended up married to a fourth ...
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Viewpoint: How ‘Big Food’ co-opted the organic movement

Danny Hakim | 
I was recently dispatched to a Target to buy some Goldfish, which was a more daunting task than you might ...
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‘Natural’ food label heads to court

Julie Creswell | 
In recent years, one bright spot in an otherwise lackluster market for packaged foods, beverages and consumer products has been ...
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Lost rice variety cultivated by US slaves rediscovered in Trinidad—and coming to your plates

Kim Severson | 
Among the biologists, geneticists and historians who use food as a lens to study the African diaspora, rice is a ...
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The regenerating axolotl: What can we learn from its giant genome?

Nicholas Bakalar | 
Scientists have decoded the genome of the axolotl, the Mexican amphibian with a Mona Lisa smile. It has 32 billion ...

Why news of cloned monkeys doesn’t mean humans are next

Gina Kolata | 
Researchers in China reported on [January 24] that they have created two cloned monkeys, the first time that primates have ...
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Can gene therapy reduce terminal cancers to minor chronic diseases that are ‘no different than high blood pressure’?

Todd Balf | 
On Oct. 15 at 8 a.m., Andy Lindsay stood atop 21,247-foot Mera Peak in Nepal, a wildly improbable place for ...