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When it comes to evolution, could humans be more impactful than nature?

When it comes to evolution, could humans be more impactful than nature?

Lauren Leffer | 
The composition of our air and water is different from what it was even a few decades ago. There is ...
‘Future foods’: How kelp, maggots, fungus and other nutrients grown outside of the traditional agriculture system can help fight climate change

‘Future foods’: How kelp, maggots, fungus and other nutrients grown outside of the traditional agriculture system can help fight climate change

Shaena Montanari | 
In a new perspective piece, researchers at the University of Cambridge’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk explain that ...
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How should trans athletes qualify for women’s sports?

Britni de la Cretaz | 
In 2004, the nationally ranked long-distance runner [Joanna Harper] started hormone therapy (HT) as part of her transition to female ...
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Prehistoric footprints offer snapshot of how our ancestors divided labor between men and women

William Harcourt-Smith | 
Prehistoric footprints are a remarkable and precious source of evidence for the behavior and biology of ancient organisms, capturing a ...
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Do you miss or spot Hollywood movie ‘continuity errors’? Here’s how ‘change blindness’ works

Ellen Airhart | 
Gaze at the top image of Ben Franklin’s famous kite study. Now, the one below it. See the changes? You ...
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Something’s fishy: We got arms, legs and other skeletal features from our aquatic ancestors

Molly Glick | 
In his 20 years as an ichthyologist, [John Sparks has] seen a lot of fish—intact and not. He’s traveled to ...
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Mongolians, and their gut bacteria, may be the key to solving lactose intolerance

Andrew Curry | 
[Archaeogeneticist Christina] Warinner was there to solve a mystery: Despite the dairy diversity she saw, an estimated 95 percent of ...

Why do humans have tailbones?

Molly Glick | 
Though it’s currently useless, the human coccyx—commonly referred to as the tailbone—remains nestled at the bottom of the spine, a ...
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Strep throat making a comeback? Bacteria developing resistance to our ‘go-to’ antibiotics

Kat Eschner | 
Strep is generally considered a known entity—with a known, reliable treatment. Then came two serious Strep A infections in Seattle, ...

Wait, corn is a fruit? Yes—here’s the biology that explains why

Sara Chodosh | 
We all know the is-a-tomato-a-fruit debate (correct answer: yes, but you still shouldn’t put it in a fruit salad). Now ...

‘The Intelligence Trap’: Book examines why smart people make irrational decisions

David Robson | 
While decades of psychological research have documented humanity’s more irrational tendencies, it is only relatively recently that scientists have started ...
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Sickle cell disease targeted with CRISPR therapy as ‘the only potential cure’

Donavyn Coffey | 
[F]or the first time, doctors in the United States used the gene editing tool CRISPR to attempt to remedy a ...

Can 23andMe’s consumer genetics test predict diabetes risk?

Nicole Wetsman | 
Adding to its roster of healthcare offerings, the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company 23andMe announced [March 11] that it can provide ...
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Gene editing police? World Health Organization may take on the job

Kat Eschner | 
Who’s going to police CRISPR? That was the cry of many scientists after news broke at the end of last ...
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Unhealthy sperm often overlooked as cause of lost pregnancies

Nicole Wetsman | 
Doctors often recommend women who experience recurrent pregnancy loss, usually defined as three or more losses, undergo testing to try ...
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Epigenetic clues could assist crime investigations by revealing age range, lifestyle habits of suspects

Nicole Wetsman | 
[The] field of forensic epigenetics [uses] the markers that sit on top of DNA and modify it’s expression, rather than the ...

Can a blood test find your body’s internal clock

Kat Eschner | 
Your body has a clock—and thanks to the travails of modern life, that clock may not line up with the timing ...

Synthetic marijuana has a real problem: Nobody knows what’s in it

Nicole Wetsman | 
[Recently], more than 70 people overdosed on the synthetic marijuana known as K2 during a single 24 hour period in New Haven, ...

Viewpoint: Here’s why it’s ‘moronic’ to suggest that Homo erectus was lazy

Anna Brooks | 
[Y]ou’ve probably seen a headline or two (or twelve) touting a new discovery about our long extinct human relative, Homo erectus ...

When is it ok to edit the genome of a human embryo? Americans have mixed opinions

Claire Maldarelli | 
We’ve reached the point in scientific and technological advancement that editing our own genomes, or those of humans not yet ...
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Editing the brain? CRISPR and gold nanoparticles could make it possible

Kat Eschner | 
Add this to the list of possible applications for the seemingly-magical gene editing technology CRISPR: helping people with neurological disorders edit ...

Human womb transplants are possible. But do we need them?

Erin Biba | 
As gynecologist and surgeon Liza Johannesson prepped to deliver the child via cesarean section, she was nervous. Not for the ...
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Patenting the genes of marine creatures and why it could matter for research

Kat Eschner | 
From the tiniest microbe to the biggest whale, the ocean is teeming with life. For corporations and researchers, that biodiversity is ...
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How purebred dogs are helping us fight cancer in humans

Sarah Chodosh | 
Roughly a quarter of all purebred dogs die of cancer, and 45 percent of those who live past the age of ...
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Viewpoint: Why California labels everything a carcinogen—and why it should stop

Sara Chodosh | 
You may have heard that coffee gives you cancer. Or that everything gives you cancer—if you live in California. The reason: Proposition 65. It’s ...

Viewpoint: US may be losing CRISPR race against China, but FDA regulations are worth it

Claire Maldarelli | 
[H]ow did China edge out the United States to become the first to use CRISPR in humans? American researchers were, ...
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Ranch fights to preserve rare pre-hybrid US chickens and their unique genetics

Maryn McKenna | 
Every bird on [Good Shepherd Ranch] was hatched there, from an egg that was laid there, from parents that were ...

Armor of tomorrow could be derived from these 3 animals

Kate Baggaley | 
Scientists are investigating what makes conch shells and fish scales so tough and designing their own versions. They’re even turning to materials ...
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