Should we be treating autism with marijuana?

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 ...
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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 ...
Genetics and eating: Why diets don't work the same for everyone

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 ...
Has the mystery of who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls been solved?

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

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?

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

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 ...
Genetics of attraction: Unique women’s body smells attract men

Genetics of attraction: Unique women’s body smells attract men

Melissa Matthews | 
The team, based at the University of Bern, wanted to know if a protein called human leukocyte antigen, or HLA, ...
Muscular pigs in Cambodia raise false concerns about GMO technology, safety

Muscular pigs in Cambodia raise false concerns about GMO technology, safety

Kristin Hugo | 
Pigs are being bred on a farm in Cambodia, and their enormous size and hulking muscles are raising alarm. The ...
Who gave humans genital herpes? Maybe this ancient ancestor

Who gave humans genital herpes? Maybe this ancient ancestor

Dana Dovey | 
Genital herpes infects about one in six American adults. But who was patient zero, the individual responsible for this irritating scourge? Researchers in ...
Extreme Male Brain Theory? Girls with autism have characteristically more masculine faces

Extreme Male Brain Theory? Girls with autism have characteristically more masculine faces

Jessica Firger | 
A new study suggests that boys and girls with autism have facial features that are characteristically more male than female. [...] ...
CRISPR gene editing advances may outrun regulatory oversight

CRISPR gene editing advances may outrun regulatory oversight

Jessica Firger | 
[Recently,] reports emerged that scientists in Oregon had used gene-editing technology, known as CRISPR-Cas9, to edit a human embryo. While ...
Oxygen therapy reverses brain damage in toddler who nearly drowned

Oxygen therapy reverses brain damage in toddler who nearly drowned

Hannah Osborne | 
In what is believed to be a world first, scientists have reversed brain damage in a toddler that drowned in ...
Vitamin-A rich GMO banana, which could fight malnutrition in Africa, ready for field trials

Vitamin-A rich GMO banana, which could fight malnutrition in Africa, ready for field trials

Hannah Osborne | 
Scientists in Australia have created golden-orange-fleshed bananas rich in pro-vitamin A that could save the lives of hundreds of thousands ...
Redefining natural selection: How synthetic biology may solve sustainability challenges in food, fuel and health

Redefining natural selection: How synthetic biology may solve sustainability challenges in food, fuel and health

Bryan Walsh | 
[S]ynthetic biology] is poised to change how we feed ourselves, clothe ourselves, fuel ourselves—and possibly even change our very selves ...
Video: Amazing replication of a single DNA shows randomness of genetics

Video: Amazing replication of a single DNA shows randomness of genetics

Jessica Wapner | 
Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have just reported a small but significant accomplishment: catching the replication of a ...
Fighting high cholesterol: Vaccine promises long-lasting fix

Fighting high cholesterol: Vaccine promises long-lasting fix

Hannah Osborne | 
Scientists have begun a clinical trial to test a high cholesterol vaccine after research on mice proved successful. If the ...
Our brains have 11 dimensions

Our brains have 11 dimensions

Hannah Osborne | 
Scientists studying the brain have discovered that the organ operates on up to 11 different dimensions, creating multiverse-like structures that ...
Will toxin-blocking biotech corn help win over skeptics of genetic engineering?

Will toxin-blocking biotech corn help win over skeptics of genetic engineering?

Jessica Wapner | 
Aflatoxin is a well-known global health threat. This poison, produced by the Aspergillus fungus, is common in corn, wheat, rice ...
Will patent disputes over who 'discovered' CRISPR gene editing slow development of gene therapies?

Will patent disputes over who ‘discovered’ CRISPR gene editing slow development of gene therapies?

Jessica Wapner, Jennifer Doudna | 
[Editor's note: Excerpts are from an interview with Jennifer Doudna, one of the discoverers of the revolutionary CRISPR gene-editing technology. The ...
Hoarding of patient data by genetics labs impedes patient care

Hoarding of patient data by genetics labs impedes patient care

Nikhil Swaminathan | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. After [experiencing a sharp ...

Gene therapy likely best shot at curing brain diseases

Megan Scudellari | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The concept of gene ...
Doctor to stand trial for medical malfeasance for administering pseudoscience cancer treatment

Doctor to stand trial for medical malfeasance for administering pseudoscience cancer treatment

Tamar Wilner | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. As a young doctor ...
Genetic engineering could improve rice's drought tolerance in face of climate change

Genetic engineering could improve rice’s drought tolerance in face of climate change

Oscar Lopez | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. [Jane] Langdale, a professor of ...

Biotech key to increasing yields to meet growing global food demands

Betsy Isaacson | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The world population is ...