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Could vitamin B3 supplements prevent birth defects?

Gretchen Vogel | 
An extra dose of vitamin B3 might help prevent certain kinds of complex birth defects, according to a new study ...

End of allergies? Researchers identify cells that trigger reactions

Mitch Leslie | 
Allergies stem from mistaken identity, when some of our immune cells respond to benign substances—known as allergens—that include pollen, mold ...
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Plant breeders call for sharing university seed patents to spur crop research, innovation

Virginia Gewin | 
Universities need to get better at sharing patented seeds and other products of publicly-funded agricultural science if the United States ...
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Antisocial bees could aid the study of autism in humans

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
A new study reveals that [antisocial bees] share a genetic profile with people who have autism spectrum disorders, which can ...
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Zika tragedy reanimates ethical and medical debate about vaccines for pregnant women

Jon Cohen | 
Ever since the shocking realization in 1961 that the morning sickness pill thalidomide caused shortened limbs in babies, doctors have ...
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Who invented CRISPR gene editing: Broad Institute v University of California patent battle intensifies

Jon Cohen | 
The University of California (UC) has fired another legal salvo in the prolonged patent battle over CRISPR, the revolutionary gene-editing ...
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Chemist Derek Lowe: Panera Bread spreads misinformation on chemicals and food—yet again

Derek Lowe | 
[Editor's note: Derek Lowe is a Duke University-trained organic chemist.] [S]everal people alerted me to one of the latest ads ...

Dog-human bonding: Genetic mutations for Williams syndrome may explain canine friendliness

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
Using clues from humans with a genetic disorder that makes them unusually friendly, [researchers Monique Udell and Bridgett vonHoldt] found ...
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Surviving the cure: Stem cell transplant that saved a patient’s life now poses mortal threat

Jon Cohen | 
A few months before completing medical school in 2003, Lukas Wartman was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a blood ...
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Ray of life: Did sunlight kickstart Earth’s biological transformation?

Roland Pease | 
A new study suggests that the iron-and-sulfur clusters at the heart of many life-critical enzymes could have been floating around ...
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Reversing traumatic brain injury: Memory-enhancing drug might help

Ryan Cross | 
[T]raumatic brain injury can be permanent. There are no drugs to reverse the cognitive decline and memory loss, and any ...

1 in 5 healthy adults may carry rare genetic disease mutations

Ryan Cross | 
A new pair of studies is the first ever randomized clinical trials evaluating whole genome sequencing in healthy people. They ...
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Open-source seeds: Breeders release tomato, wheat strains that aren’t allowed to be patented

Lucas Laursen | 
There's open-source software, open-source pharma research, and open-source beer. Now, there are open-source seeds, too. Breeders from Göttingen University in ...
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Why the fetus — a ‘foreign body’ — does not attack its mother

Gretchen Vogel | 
The immune system of a fetus developing in the womb faces a quandary: It has to prepare itself to attack ...
Which patients to choose for experimental CAR-T cancer therapy?

Which patients to choose for experimental CAR-T cancer therapy?

Jennifer Couzin-Frankel | 
A transformative cancer therapy based on modified immune cells has lured doctors, companies, and patients alike, but many are hitting ...

Some things to consider—including legal issues—before reviving extinct animals

Norman Wagner et al. | 
The concept of de-extinction, aimed at restoration of extinct species, is controversial.... The three technical pathways for de-extinct animal species ...
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Recording bees’ buzzing could help farmers identify, count beneficial pollinators

Michael Price | 
Like jets radioing in their call signs to air traffic control, bees’ buzzing could help scientists know who’s pollinating what ...
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Does water have a flavor? Your tongue may think so

Emily Underwood | 
Viewed under a microscope, your tongue is an alien landscape, studded by fringed and bumpy buds that sense five basic ...

DNA from mummies show ancient Egyptians had almost no sub-Saharan African genes

Lizzie Wade | 
After trying repeatedly to extract it, many scientists were convinced that the hot desert climate and, perhaps, the chemicals used ...
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Innocent victims: The GMO ‘petunia carnage’ of 2017

Kelly Servick | 
[In 2015], plant biologist Teemu Teeri was walking by a train station in Helsinki when he noticed some vivid orange petunias ...

Video: Micro-bubbles and stem cell gene therapy heal bone fractures in pigs

Robert Service | 
It takes more than a cast and a little time to heal many broken bones....Now, researchers have combined ultrasound, stem ...
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New GE rice variety boosts plant’s immune system to fight multiple diseases at once

Ryan Cross | 
Plants don’t have a bloodstream to circulate immune cells. Instead, they use receptors on the outsides of their cells to ...
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Mimicking gene changes in mutant cherry tomatoes can nearly double production

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
Plant geneticists have figured out how to almost double the production of garden tomatoes. Though most of us care mainly ...
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US flower sellers forced to destroy 9 varieties of petunias after tests show they’re genetically modified

David Malakoff | 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced [May 16] that U.S. flower distributors have begun to destroy countless petunia plants ...

Humans move around and fool around: There’s no such thing as a ‘pure’ country or civilization

Ann Gibbons | 
When the first busloads of migrants from Syria and Iraq rolled into Germany 2 years ago, some small towns were ...
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Not Ebola: Mystery Liberian disease identified as virulent meningitis, but no vaccine in sight

Kai Kupferschmidt | 
When several people died suddenly late last month in Liberia after attending a funeral in the southern county of Sinoe, ...
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Anti-GMO activist attacks Monsanto research center in Italy with ‘bottle bombs’

Marta Paterlini | 
[I]n the middle of Easter night in Olmeneta, Italy, an unknown person attacked the Monsanto Research Center with several “bottle ...
Personalized skin cancer vaccine shows promise

Personalized skin cancer vaccine shows promise

Jocelyn Kaiser | 
For half a century, researchers have dreamed of giving cancer patients a vaccine that helps the immune system detect the ...