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‘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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How glyphosate-resistant weeds led to Monsanto’s dicamba herbicide crisis

Kendra Pierre-Louis | 
[In] the 1990s, Monsanto began selling a series of patented, genetically modified, “RoundUp”-ready seeds. Monsanto had altered crop be ...
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Could discovery of boron on Mars bring us closer to finding alien life?

Sarah Chodosh | 
Using data from NASA’s Curiosity rover, a team of interdisciplinary scientists has found boron in the Gale Crater. Gale was probably once a lake, and ...

Truth about genetic tests: ‘They don’t seal your fate’

Aparna Nathan | 
Once difficult and expensive even for the most technologically advanced labs, genetic testing is fast becoming a cheap and easy ...
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Anti-aging hormone boosts cognitive abilities in mice – could humans be next?

Kendra Pierre-Louis | 
[Klotho is] a naturally occurring hormone in the body. More than two decades ago, Japanese researchers discovered that this hormone ...

Melting Greenland ice sheet could release pollution—and beneficial microbes evolved to ‘chow down’ toxins

Kendra Pierre-Louis | 
As the Greenland ice sheet melts due to climate change, a new study in journal Environmental Letters suggests, pollution trapped inside could ooze back into ...
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Independent health agencies disagree with IARC’s glyphosate cancer designation

Kendra Pierre-Louis | 
The list of [Proposition 65] labeled substances [in California] includes marijuana smoke (but eating marijuana is fine, by California standards), ...
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‘Doomsday’ arctic seed vault ‘flooded’ because of global warming? Not so fast

Mary Beth Griggs | 
A failure at a fail-safe vault. The irony is delicious, but that’s not the whole story. On its website, the ...
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Why we sleep less as we age

Claire Maldarelli | 
It’s a known fact that as we age, we sleep less. But the reasoning behind this phenomenon is poorly understood ...
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Octopuses can manipulate their own genes, perhaps to solve problems

Rachel Feltman | 
Cephalopods...can solve a shocking number of complex puzzles, suggesting a cognition that rivals those found in the vertebrate world—even though ...
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What are natural flavors and scents? Biotechnology blurs the definition

Kate Baggaley | 
A company in the United Kingdom can transform chemicals found in oranges into the coveted flavor of grapefruit. By mixing ...