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Russia birthplace of 500-year Black Death plague, genetic analysis suggests

Peter Dockrill | 
The Black Death was only the beginning. Countless millions perished in this terrible early wave – an estimated 60 percent of Europe ...

Just one head injury could ‘tangle’ proteins in the brain, leading to Alzheimer’s

Mike McRae | 
A single serious knock to the skull could be all it takes to develop the nerve damage thought to be ...

New cancer-fighting strategy: Coaxing breast cancer cells to turn into harmless fat cells

Jacinta Bowler | 
Researchers have been able to coax human breast cancer cells to turn into fat cells in a new proof-of-concept study ...
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Attracted to men and women? Our sexual orientation can undergo ‘extensive’ changes as we age, and more so in women, study says

Carly Cassella | 
The vocabulary we currently use to describe sexual orientation is hopelessly inadequate, with labels like 'gay', 'straight' and 'bi' falling ...
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Three’s company? BrainNet successfully connects trio’s brains and thoughts

David Nield | 
Neuroscientists have successfully hooked up a three-way brain connection to allow three people to share their thoughts – and in ...
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DNA analysis shows ‘everyone had been wrong’ about mysterious Siberian unicorn

Michelle Starr | 
It didn't look much like the dainty unicorns of myth and legend, but the extinct unicorn of Siberia is even ...
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Newly discovered ‘micro-organ’ could lead to innovative vaccines

David Nield | 
Researchers have identified a brand new 'micro-organ' inside the immune system of mice and humans – the first discovery of ...

7 ways CRISPR gene editing is changing the world

Mike McRae | 
Here are a few ways researchers are already using [CRISPR] to make the world a better place; 1. Produce transplant ...

Strange case of the man with a ‘large black hole’ in part of his brain

Michelle Starr | 
When an 84-year-old man in Ireland showed up at the doctor with complaints about being unsteady, the team found a ...
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Some cases of autism may have epigenetic origins

Peter Dockrill | 
Scientists have discovered a swathe of biochemical regions that look to be deeply involved with the risk factors behind autism spectrum ...
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Preventing GMO gene flow: Scientists design synthetic species that can’t breed with wild counterparts

Peter Dockrill | 
Genetically modified organisms could potentially do a lot of good for the world, like ending the spread of diseases, or maybe ...

Cuddling may change your baby’s epigenome, improve their immune system over the long term

David Nield | 
The amount of close and comforting contact that young infants get doesn't just keep them warm, snug, and loved. A ...
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Genetically engineered three-eyed beetle could aid development of lab-grown organs

Michelle Star | 
Researchers have intentionally genetically modified a common beetle to develop a third functional eye, right in the middle of its ...
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Virus dangers: Zika, SARS, dengue, 24 others could be transmitted through semen

Mike McRae | 
A dig through the literature has uncovered evidence of 27 distinct viruses from a wide variety of families capable of ...

Dramatic cancer treatment? ‘Command’ center targeted using CRISPR gene editing

David Nield | 
The CRISPR gene-editing tool has already shown a lot of potential for helping doctors treat the most stubborn diseases, and ...
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‘Needle in a haystack’: Researchers glimpse mutations in first two cells as embryos develop

Signe Dean | 
For the first time, scientists have caught a glimpse of the earliest genetic mutations in human development. Using whole genome ...
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Astronauts may need to tweak their DNA in order to survive, colonize Mars

Peter Dockrill | 
[W]hile making the trip [to Mars] could be technologically feasible in the next decade or two, are humans really physically ...
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Half our brain’s neurons are in cerebellum but its region’s role in consciousness unclear

Bec Crew | 
One of the best-known regions of the brain, the cerebellum accounts for just 10 percent of the organ's total volume, ...
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New frontier in fight against Alzheimer’s, epilepsy opens with discovery of learning mechanism

Fiona MacDonald | 
Researchers have discovered a brand new mechanism that controls the way nerve cells in our brain communicate with each other ...
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Sleep to forget: Downtime helps our brains refine, sharpen memories

Mike McRae | 
[W]hile scientists have long understood that our memories rely on connections being built between neurons in our brains, it's not ...

Scientists edit HIV out of human cells using CRISPR

Bec Crew | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Using the much-touted CRISPR/Cas9 ...
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Is musical talent in your genes?

Fiona MacDonald | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Creativity is a hard ...

Yoghurt from where?! Researcher creates dairy snack from own vaginal microbes

Fiona MacDonald | 
A Ph.D student in the U.S. created yoghurt using the bacterial cultures from her own vagina and ate it. And it turns ...

Gene expression study by Australian researchers reveals nutritional benefits of pineapple

A researcher from The University of Queensland has conducted the world's first pineapple microarray to gain a better understanding of ...

New obesity, height genes found

The following is an excerpt. Busselton residents and researchers from The University of Western Australia have helped a worldwide scientific ...

Glaucoma genetic link discovered

Singapore scientists have identified three new genes associated with Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma (PACG), a leading cause of blindness in ...
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