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Potato breeding ‘revolution’ aims to safeguard spuds against proliferating pests and climate change

Erik Stokstad | 
In Peru and around the world, enhancing the potato has become a high priority. It is the most important food ...
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Was life on Earth sparked by ‘moon-sized’ impact 4.4 billion years ago?

Robert Service | 
A cataclysm may have jump-started life on Earth. A new scenario suggests that some 4.47 billion years ago—a mere 60 ...
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Born that way? Dog breed traits are rooted in their genetics, study shows

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
American Kennel Club descriptions of dog breeds can read like online dating profiles: The border collie is a workaholic; the ...
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M.S. Swaminathan, ‘father of India’s Green Revolution,’ says he’s not opposed to GMO crops

Gayathri Vaidynathan | 
An iconic Indian agricultural scientist is distancing himself from a recent editorial he co-authored that is critical of genetically modified ...
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‘Cutting-edge’ artificial cells could boost precision medicine efforts

Mitch Leslie | 
No biologist would mistake the microscopic "cells" that chemical biologist Neal Devaraj and colleagues are whipping up at the University ...
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Human evolutionary theory challenged in global study by diversity of birth canals

Erica Tennenhouse | 
The shape of a mother’s birth canal is a tug-of-war between two opposing evolutionary forces: It needs to be wide ...
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Recreating the chemical soup that may have sparked life on earth

Robert Service | 
In the molecular dance that gave birth to life on Earth, RNA appears to be a central player. But the ...
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EU’s ‘stringent’ gene-edited crop regulations starting to ‘chill’ plant breeding research

Andrew Wight | 
Three months after the European Union’s top court gave gene-edited crops the same stringent legal status as genetically modified (GM) ...
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Peering into our body’s complicated relationship with the sun

Derek Lowe | 
One of the impressive things about biochemistry and cell biology is how it can produce physical correlates to things that ...
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Quest to find molecule that sparks multiple sclerosis yields promising discovery

Mitch Leslie | 
Researchers have long suspected that a self-antigen—a normal molecule in the body that the immune system mistakenly treats as a ...
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Sustainability failure: Anti-GMO France’s 10-year effort to slash pesticide use boosted spraying by 12%

Erik Stokstad | 
In 2008, the French government announced a dramatic shift in agricultural policy, calling for pesticide use to be slashed in ...
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Mexico’s new science minister fiercely skeptical of GMO crops and new breeding techniques

Lizzie Wade | 
In early June, evolutionary developmental biologist Elena Álvarez-Buylla received an out-of-the-blue phone call from the campaign of Andrés Manuel López ...
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How a broken gene may have given us the ability to become ‘marathoners’

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
A new study in mice pinpoints how a stretch of DNA likely turned our ancestors into marathoners, giving us the ...
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‘Jumping’ genes responsible for strawberry sexes show how fast plants evolve

Carol Morton | 
[S]eparate sexes may seem fundamental to nature, but they’re an oddity for most plants. Now, scientists have figured out how ...
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Scientists could save American Chestnut Tree with genetic engineering—if regulators let them

Gabriel Popkin | 
Two deer-fenced plots here contain some of the world’s most highly regulated trees. Each summer researchers double-bag every flower the ...
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Promising HIV treatment fails in human trials

Jon Cohen | 
When Science published a monkey study nearly 2 years ago that showed an anti-inflammatory antibody effectively cured monkeys intentionally infected ...
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Gene drives could speed up inheritance of certain beneficial traits in mammals, study finds

Jon Cohen | 
Researchers have used CRISPR, the genome editing tool, to speed the inheritance of specific genes in mammals for the first ...
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Blood test could tell doctors when to use immunotherapy against cancer

Ken Garber | 
Some cancers generate the seeds of their own destruction. Certain random mutations that accumulate in rapidly dividing tumor cells can ...
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‘Trying to recreate Neanderthal minds’ using minibrains

Jon Cohen | 
[R]esearch teams are engineering stem cells to include Neanderthal genes and growing them into "minibrains" that reflect the influence of ...
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Three genes that changed the course of human brain evolution

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
Three nearly identical genes could help explain how 0.5 liters of gray matter in early human ancestors became the 1.4-liter ...
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Video: Our bodies continue ‘ticking right along’ after we die

Sarah Crespi | 
When you’re dead, you’re dead—right? No pulse, no brain activity, no signs of life. But at the cellular level, things ...
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Viewpoint: Pesticide regulations should assess societal context, not just safety

Apart from the inherent scientific complexity, the glyphosate case illustrates a fundamental societal issue. The mere fact that the European ...
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How genes affect your dog’s athleticism—and what we might learn about ourselves

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
Compare the sprinting Shetland sheepdog with the sluggish St. Bernard, and it’s clear a dog’s genes play a large role ...
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Can scientists keep white nationalists from misusing population genetics research?

Michael Price, Jedidiah Carlson | 
Stormfront and similar online forums, as well as the comment sections on “alt-right” news websites and Twitter accounts, regularly host ...
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Single gene variant could explain why Peruvians among world’s shortest people

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
Hundreds of genes influence how tall a person is, but most make an imperceptible difference—perhaps a millimeter, for example. Now, ...
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Ancient DNA analysis reveals Botai hunter-gatherers first domesticated horses

Michael Price | 
[W]ho first domesticated horses is a hotly debated question. One leading hypothesis suggests Bronze Age pastoralists called the Yamnaya were ...
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Could pre-pregnancy genetic screening help with difficult child-bearing decisions?

Roni Dengler | 
Pregnancy comes with many unknowns. Perhaps one of the most harrowing is whether a child will be born healthy. Now, ...
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Is this ancient hashtag just a decoration or the first human symbol?

Michael Erard | 
About 100,000 years ago, ancient humans started etching lines and hashtag patterns onto red rocks in a South African cave ...