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Why did sex evolve? It may protect against rare cancers, researchers suggest

Kashmira Gander | 
In an essay published in the journal PLOS Biology, scientists presented a theory which they say could answer a 50-year ...
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Viewpoint: GMO trees could save America’s ‘decimated’ citrus industry from bacterial ‘plague’

Henry Miller | 
Farmers in the major U.S. citrus-producing regions—Florida, California, Texas and Arizona, in particular—are facing a plague of epic proportions. Oranges ...

Some wild bee populations are declining. What can we do about it?

Aristos Georgiou, Robert Gegear | 
In recent years, a significant amount of attention has been paid to the numerous threats that are facing the honeybee ...
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‘It’s not too late’: The quest to reverse autism at any age

Peter Tsai | 
[T]he average age of diagnosis for a child with autism is over four years. Because of late diagnoses, many of ...

Could propensity for drug addiction be linked to an ancient virus in some people’s genes?

Kashmira Gander | 
Drug addicts are more likely to carry an ancient virus which could affect the production of dopamine than the rest ...

Most people don’t know if they have cancer-causing BRCA mutation, study says

Kashmira Gander | 
Most people who carry genes that raise their risk of developing certain forms of cancer are unaware of it, according to ...
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‘Incredibly rare’ extinct Siberian horse to be cloned

Katherine Hignett | 
Scientists recently extracted an almost perfectly preserved prehistoric baby horse from the permafrost of Siberia’s “Mouth of Hell” crater in Yakutia. At ...

Olympic genes? China will use genetic tests to help choose its athletes

Jason Lemon | 
Chinese athletes aiming to represent their country in the 2022 Winter Olympics will undergo genetic testing as part of the ...

Why cancer research should focus more on African genomes

Jessica Wapner | 
In the past, African patients have had poor access to medical advances, even as scientists use them as research subjects ...

Can we treat autism with CRISPR gene editing?

Lisa Spear | 
Scientists have figured how to use a form of the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to erase genetic traits normally associated ...

‘De-extinction’ could revive vanished Tasmanian tiger—or something close to it

Kristin Hugo | 
With the stripes of a tiger, the body shape of a dog and the pouch of a kangaroo, the Australian ...

Walking upright emerged long before modern humans

Aristos Georgiou | 
The question of whether our early ancestors walked fully upright or in a crouched position, like apes, has long been ...
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Viewpoint: EWG’s Dirty Dozen foods and pesticides list scares people away from healthy eating

Dana Dovey | 
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) on [April 10] released its 2018 “Dirty Dozen” list to showcase the top pesticide-riddled fruits and vegetables. But some argue ...

Direct-to-consumer genetic test results 40 percent wrong in small study

Kristin Hugo | 
At-home DNA tests are “not intended for medical use,” meaning that the data they give you shouldn’t be used as ...
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Kosher pork? Meat from cloned pigs and lab-grown meat are Kosher, prominent Israeli rabbi says

Benjamin Fearnow | 
Prominent Israeli Rabbi Yuval Cherlow says meat from a cloned pig would be considered kosher under Jewish dietary laws. Cherlow, ...

Study of 54,000 farmers finding no glyphosate-cancer link could sink Monsanto lawsuit

Kate Sheridan | 
More than 300 lawsuits have been filed on behalf of farmers and others who said that Monsanto's popular weed killer, Roundup, gave them ...

Do humans and apes share ‘universal body language’?

Aristos Georgiou | 
Now, new research published in the open-access journal PLOS Biology has shown that chimps and bonobos may be able to understand each ...
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Will evolution protect humans from alcoholism?

Dana Dovey | 
Humans may be evolving a genetic variant that would make them physically unable to consume large amounts of alcohol, new research suggests ...
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Should we be treating autism with marijuana?

Debra Kamin | 
4-year-old Benjamin is repeatedly smashing his head against the wall. He spins wildly in circles, screeching at full volume. … ...
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Speech mystery: Language relies on brain pathways that predate human beings

Dana Dovey | 
New research has identified the brain systems involved in language learning and discovered that these systems pre-date the human species ...

Viewpoint: Russia Today’s ‘fake news’ about GMOs is a strategic attack by Putin on US science and technology

Henry Miller | 
On Sunday [Jan. 7], CBS’s 60 Minutes ran a segment on the propaganda role of Russian news network RT, or Russia Today. ... RT, the ...
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We still don’t know how anesthesia works—but we’re one step closer to figuring it out

Kate Sheridan | 
If you’re planning to have major surgery soon, you might not want to read this next sentence. Scientists don’t actually ...
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Halitosis: The genetic basis of bad breath

Joseph Frankel | 
Most people would tell you that bad breath is brought on by a combination of bad luck and garlic. According ...
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Genetics and eating: Why diets don’t work the same for everyone

Melissa Matthews | 
New research from scientists at Texas A&M University found that a standard diet doesn’t work for everyone, in a study ...
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Has the mystery of who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls been solved?

Kastalia Medrano | 
Dozens of skeletons discovered in the Judean Desert may finally reveal who wrote the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, a mystery that ...

Our brains grow and shrink when we learn—which is how we continue to absorb knowledge

Dana Dovey | 
Our past understanding of the brain would suggest that new knowledge requires new brain cells, and as a result our ...

Will we learn anything from the brain of Las Vegas shooter Stephen Paddock?

Joseph Frankel | 
The brain that sat in the skull of the Las Vegas shooter [Stephen Paddock] as he planned out his attack, ...

Rooting racism and sexism out of artificial intelligence

Anthony Cuthbertson | 
In 2016, Microsoft released a “playful” chatbot named Tay onto Twitter designed to show off the tech giant’s burgeoning artificial ...