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Frankenstein emerges from the Storm

Frankenstein story reminds us why fear is an ‘easy sell’ for science skeptics

Jon Cohen | 
On 1 August 1790, a precocious student named Victor Frankenstein submitted a radical proposal to an ethical panel at the ...
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CRISPR patent dispute: Broad Institute has key rights revoked in Europe

Kelly Servick | 
A decision from the European Patent Office (EPO) has put the Broad Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on shaky ground with its ...
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Neuroevolution: Artificial intelligence learns by adapting and evolving

Matthew Hutson | 
[An] old idea—improving neural networks not through teaching, but through evolution—is revealing its potential. Five new papers from Uber in San Francisco, California, ...
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Could our microbiome offer diet advice? Edible sensors look inside our digestive system

Kelly Servick | 
Wouldn’t it be nice if our microbiomes could serve up diet advice—some science-based assurance that our food and medicines act ...
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How Alzheimer’s kills: Protein tau spreads through the brain like an infectious disease

Meredith Wadman | 
For the first time, scientists have produced evidence in living humans that the protein tau, which mars the brain in ...
White blood cell warning system ‘sprays’ DNA to alert other cells

White blood cell warning system ‘sprays’ DNA to alert other cells

Mitch Leslie | 
When some of our white blood cells detect viruses or other microbes that have invaded our bodies, they may alert ...
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Native American ancestors arrived from Asia in a wave, not a trickle, suggests ancient DNA

Michael Price | 
A rare smidgen of ancient DNA has sharpened the picture of one of humanity’s greatest migrations. Some 15,000 to 25,000 ...
If You Are Not Hungry You Are Not Losing Fat

Diabetes and anorexia might be treatable by inhibiting ‘hunger hormone’, mice study suggests

Mitch Leslie | 
Scientists once had high hopes that inhibiting a hormone named ghrelin would be the key to preventing obesity. Ghrelin didn’t ...
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Challenging the narrative that someone is manipulating the UN debate over gene drives

Jon Cohen | 
It had scandal written all over it. Disclosed emails revealed that a covert coalition lobbying for relaxed regulations around a ...
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In era of personalized medicine, what’s the value of cholesterol tests?

Mitch Leslie | 
Most physicians order what [cardiologist Allan Sniderman] considers the wrong test to gauge heart disease risk: a standard cholesterol readout, ...
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Why did 5 leukemia patients die in 2016 CAR-T trial?

Roni Dengler | 
More than a year after five leukemia patients died from an experimental treatment involving genetically engineered immune cells, its developer ...
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How choosing genetically similar partners shapes our genomes

Ann Gibbons | 
Chances are, you’re going to marry someone a lot like you. Similar intelligence, similar height, similar body weight. A new ...
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Checkpoint inhibitors fight cancer–but can have nasty side effects

Jennifer Couzin-Frankel | 
Yale University immunologist Kevan Herold spoke about a few of his newest diabetes patients to an unlikely audience: oncologists and ...
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Dog genome project: How your breed originated

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
From the 80-kilogram Great Dane to the 1-kilogram tiny teacup poodle, there seems to be a dog for everyone. Now, ...
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Cost effective? What DNA screening might catch that we are not likely to find

Bijal Trivedi | 
Known broadly as the MyCode Community Health Initiative and run by the Danville-based Geisinger Health System, the effort has so ...
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Ancient incompatibility: Why human females and Neanderthal males had difficulty conceiving

Ann Gibbons | 
After years of sequencing the genomes of female Neandertals, researchers have finally got their first good look at the Y ...
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Neanderthal-human mating reintroduced lost African genes, for better and worse

Ann Gibbons | 
When Neandertals mated with modern humans, they shared more than an intimate moment and their own DNA. They also gave ...
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Ancient ‘Tianyuan man’ is full-fledged Homo sapiens

Ann Gibbons | 
When scientists excavated a 40,000-year-old skeleton in China in 2003, they thought they had discovered the offspring of a Neandertal and ...
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What do your Neanderthal genes do?

Ann Gibbons | 
By sequencing a remarkably complete genome from a 50,000-year-old bone fragment of a female Neandertal found in Vindija Cave in ...
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Video: Evolution at work–RNA in New York City mice has changed so they can eat fast food

With all its hustle, bustle, concrete, and congestion, they say New York City changes people. And that may be true, ...
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Antibiotic use on farms could be cut by up to 80 percent globally, study finds

Giorgia Guglielmi, Thomas Van Boeckel | 
Almost 80% of all antibiotics in the United States aren’t taken by people. They’re given to cows, pigs, and chickens ...
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Why New Guinea islanders are among the most genetically diverse people in the world

Ann Gibbons | 
If you travel the meandering Sepik River of New Guinea, it quickly becomes apparent that from one bend to the ...
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Multiple sclerosis added to list of diseases exacerbated by gut microbes

Giorgia Gugliemi | 
The trillions of bacteria that live in our intestines, known collectively as the gut microbiome, have been linked to maladies ...
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Activist witch hunt? PETA targets Yale postdoc researcher known for progressive research on bird stress

David Grimm | 
It started in May with a web post by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). “Tell Yale University to Stop ...
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Drug that reverses diabetes and obesity in mice may strengthen brittle bones

Emma Yasinski | 
A drug that can reverse diabetes and obesity in mice may have an unexpected benefit: strengthening bones. Experiments with a ...
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‘Breakthrough’ treatment for PTSD? FDA approves ecstasy drug trial

Kai Kupferschmidt | 
One of the main targets in the war on drugs could well become a drug to treat the scars of ...
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Heart attack risk could be significantly reduced with simple anti-inflammatory medication

Jennifer Couzin-Frankel | 
A clinical trial of more than 10,000 heart attack patients supports a novel way to protect them from a stroke ...
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Americans shedding their skepticism of human genome editing

Jon Cohen | 
Earlier surveys of Americans (here and here) have found a reluctance to support human genome editing...But the new survey, conducted by social ...