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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?

Jedidiah Carlson, Michael Price | 
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 ...
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Ancient DNA suggests South Asians descended from 3 Eurasian groups—hunter-gatherers, farmers, herders

Lizzie Wade | 
[A] study of the first ancient DNA recovered from South Asia shows that populations there mingled repeatedly thousands of years ...
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Are we moving closer to detecting cancer through blood tests?

Jocelyn Kaiser | 
The elusive dream is that a simple blood test could detect a small tumor growing in your body, giving doctors ...
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Can ‘gene drives’ for crop pests work in the real world?

Roni Dengler | 
The spotted wing fruit fly is one of the world’s major crop destroyers. Scientifically known as Drosophila suzukii, this peppercorn-size insect ...
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Review: David Reich’s ‘Who We Are and How We Got Here’ fails to examine ethical issues around DNA research

Maria Arcos | 
In Who We Are and How We Got Here, David Reich gracefully describes how recent advances in genomics have enabled ...
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Uncovering ‘hidden stories of slavery’ in modern Latin American DNA

Lizzie Wade | 
If you walked the cobblestone streets and bustling markets of 16th and 17th century Mexico City, you would see people ...
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Proposed Chinese cancer mega-center named after Nobel laureate James Watson may refocus on precision medicine

Dennis Normile | 
James Watson, the Nobel laureate who turns 90 this week, was front and center on a red-carpeted stage before an ...
Ancient DNA from mysterious culture highlights North Africa's role as 'important crossroads'

Ancient DNA from mysterious culture highlights North Africa’s role as ‘important crossroads’

Ann Gibbons | 
About 15,000 years ago, in the oldest known cemetery in the world, people buried their dead in sitting positions with ...
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Evolution’s way: Odd survival strategies in the face of scarce resources and predators

Elizabeth Pennisi, Mitch Leslie | 
Nature has a lot to teach us. As part of our special package, we explored how animals, plants, and bacteria use ...
Italian election results in rise of anti-science political parties opposed to GMOs, vaccines, animal testing

Italian election results in rise of anti-science political parties opposed to GMOs, vaccines, animal testing

Luca Barone | 
The outcome of ... parliamentary elections in Italy was a stunning victory for populist and nationalist parties, and a clear ...
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Nitrogen-fixing GMO crops could reduce synthetic fertilizer use, benefit environment

Allen Good | 
Nitrogen is the main nutrient that limits crop yield. Biologically reactive nitrogen is therefore routinely supplied to crops as synthetic ...
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Precision upgrade? Modified enzyme could boost CRISPR gene editing

Jon Cohen | 
You wouldn't know it from the excitement generated by the revolutionary genome editing method known as CRISPR, but as practiced ...
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Pinpointing time of death for crime victims may be possible through our genes

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
Thanks to an extensive new survey of gene activity in human tissue after death, computational biologists have taken the first ...
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Charred ‘digging sticks’ found in Italy could be oldest Neanderthal tools made with fire

Kimberly Hickok | 
In the spring of 2012, while digging a hole for a thermal pool, construction workers in Grosseto, Italy, hit scientific ...
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Stem cell breakthrough could improve cow health, milk production and more

Kelly Servick | 
After decades of effort, scientists have finally managed to derive embryonic stem (ES) cells from cows and keep them in ...
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Managed honey bees can harm wild pollinator species

Jonas Geldmann, Juan González-Varo | 
There is widespread concern about the global decline in pollinators and the associated loss of pollination services. This concern is ...