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Whether you prefer coffee or tea may depend on your DNA

Tina Saey | 
Whether people prefer coffee or tea may boil down to a matter of taste genetics. People with a version of ...
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Can loneliness and isolation damage the brain?

Laura Sanders | 
Mice yanked out of their community and held in solitary isolation show signs of brain damage. After a month of ...
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Using virtual reality to treat social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders

Maria Temming | 
Researchers have been developing virtual reality systems that help people overcome specific phobias since the 1990s. VR therapy has since ...
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Good news for young pot-muddled brains. Study shows impairment is reversible

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Taking a monthlong break from pot helps clear away young people’s memory fog, a small study suggests. The results show ...
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Appendix removal reduces risk of Parkinson’s disease, study suggests

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The appendix, a once-dismissed organ now known to play a role in the immune system, may contribute to a person’s ...
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Speeding up drug research through ‘visionary’ cryptographic crowdsourcing

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A new cryptographic system could allow pharmaceutical companies and academic labs to work together to develop new medications more quickly ...
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‘There is no gay gene’: But study suggests genetics may play role in choosing same sex partner

Tina Saey | 
In a large study of more than 490,000 men and women in the United States, United Kingdom and Sweden, researchers ...
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Mystery of the mind: How autism got its start in the developing brain

Laura Sanders, Kevin Pelphrey | 
Here are some of the key points [neuroscientist Kevin] Pelphrey made on how autism may get its start in the ...
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Plant domestication takes decades. With CRISPR it could take two years

Tina Hesman Saey | 
Gene editing can speed up plant domestication, taming wild vines, bushes and grasses and turning them into new crops. Editing ...
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How do you make a lab-grown burger?

Susan Milius | 
In July, [the alternative-meat] movement passed a new milestone: In a packed auditorium in suburban Maryland, the FDA convened the ...
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Artificial intelligence could predict where earthquake aftershocks will strike

Carolyn Gramling | 
A new artificial intelligence is turning its big brain to mapping earthquake aftershocks. Scientists trained an artificial neural network to ...
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Newly-discovered microbes could save endangered plants from extinction

Amber Dance | 
One fine Hawaiian day in 2015, Geoff Zahn and Anthony Amend set off on an eight-hour hike .... The two ...
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Could a good night’s sleep ‘clear away’ Alzheimer’s plaques from our brains?

Laura Biel | 
Neuroscientist Barbara Bendlin studies the brain as Alzheimer’s disease develops. When she goes home, she tries to leave her work ...
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Making CAR-T cancer treatments less risky with ‘safety switches’ and precision targeting

Laurel Hamers | 
A majority of patients who receive CAR-T cell therapy react [with] varying degrees of severity. Those same T cells that ...
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Consumer genetic tests and loss of privacy: ‘It’s often the price you pay’

Cassie Martin | 
For a few hundred dollars and a spit sample, you too could take a journey of genetic self-discovery. You may ...
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Here’s what you get from 3 very different at-home genetic tests

Tina Saey | 
For health testing, I sent spit samples to 23andMe, Genos and Veritas Genetics, three companies that represent the various levels of DNA testing available ...
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Early North American settlers brought dogs more than 10,000 year ago

Bruce Bower | 
A trio of dogs buried at two ancient human sites in Illinois lived around 10,000 years ago, making them the oldest ...
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What was CRISPR before humans ‘discovered’ it for use in gene editing?

Rosie Mestel | 
[T]here is a less sequins-and-glitter side to CRISPR that’s just as alluring to anyone thirsty to understand the natural world ...
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Homo sapiens may only have appeared 300,000 years ago, and evolved modern features gradually

Bruce Bower | 
Human origins are notoriously tough to pin down. Fossil and genetic studies in 2017 suggested a reason why: No clear ...
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2017: The year gene therapy became a ‘clinical reality’

Laurel Hamers | 
This year, gene therapy finally became a clinical reality. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two personalized treatments that ...
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Stressed out? It could alter your sperm

Laura Sanders | 
Sperm from stressed-out dads can carry that stress from one generation to another. “But one question that really hasn’t been ...
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What makes a female? How XX embryos destroy male reproductive tissue

Tina Saey | 
A protein called COUP-TFII is necessary to eliminate male reproductive tissue from female mouse embryos, researchers report in the Aug. 18 Science. For ...
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How do you define ‘species’? Turns out, it’s not so easy

Susan Milius | 
At first glance, “species” is a basic vocabulary word school children can ace on a test by reciting something close ...
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Why hunter-gatherer civilizations did not destroy themselves through inbreeding

Bruce Bower | 
Much like hunter-gatherers today, ancient Eurasians married outside their home groups and formed webs of friends and in-laws vital for ...
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Air pollution, while abating in most places, poses ‘greatest threat to public health?’

Laura Biel | 
Even with vast improvements in air quality since the ’70s, people haven’t stopped dying from the air they breathe. An ...
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Brain ‘flexibility’ could help explain why people learn differently

Laura Sanders | 
As a person learns, connections between brain regions can change. Some neural partners connect, then split apart […]; others form ...
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CRISPR red flag? Gene drives may not always work as advertised

Tina Hesman Saey | 
A genetic-engineering tool designed to spread through a population like wildfire — eradicating disease and even whole invasive species — ...
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Origins of man’s best friend: Dogs likely domesticated only once, likely in Asia

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New data from ancient dogs indicates that dogs became distinct from wolves between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, researchers report ...
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