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‘Game changer’ for genetic privacy: Court forces GEDmatch to open its million-person genealogy database to police scrutiny

Cassie Martin | 
A Florida state judge has reportedly allowed police to search the entirety of the public genealogy website GEDmatch — home ...
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Clues for predicting premature birth risk may be found in mother’s immune system, microbiome

Amanda Keener | 
For decades, researchers and clinicians have sought ways to predict and prevent preterm birth with little progress to show for ...
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Measles wreaks havoc on body’s immune system, making it susceptible to other infections, study shows

Laura Sanders | 
Measles wages war on cells of the immune system. Now two tallies of the carnage, described in the Nov. 1 Science and Science ...
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Potential problem with lab-grown mini-brains: They’re ‘stressed-out and confused’

Laura Sanders | 
Brain cells grown into clumps in flasks are totally stressed-out and confused. Cells in these clumps have ambiguous identities and ...
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Breast cancer drug may offer a precision treatment for aggressive prostate cancer tumors

Sofie Bates | 
A drug used to treat breast and ovarian cancers tied to certain genetic mutations may help combat some of the ...
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How can ‘water bears’ survive in outer space? ‘Fluffy cloud’ of protein may shield tardigrade DNA

Tina Saey | 
Tardigrades may partly owe their ability to survive outer space to having the molecular equivalent of cotton candy. Water bears, ...
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Aggression, trainability and other dog traits linked to genetics in study

Jonathan Lambert | 
Among 101 dog breeds, scientists found that certain behavioral traits such as trainability or aggression were more likely to be shared ...
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Did whales gain the ability to live in the water by shedding genes?

Tina Saey | 
Like stripping down to swim, the ancestors of whales and dolphins may have shed some genes during their transition from ...
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Soot in the womb: Research suggests air pollution threatens developing babies

Aimee Cunningham | 
Breathing in polluted air may send soot far beyond a pregnant woman’s lungs, all the way to the womb surrounding ...
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As the ocean heats up, coral reproduction is thrown out of step

Susan Milius | 
Bad timing for coral sex might be an underappreciated threat of climate change. Spawning is out of sync for at ...
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Increased dementia risk linked to high blood pressure during middle age

Aimee Cunningham | 
Controlling high blood pressure during middle age may help stave off dementia later in life. In a long-term study, researchers ...
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Alzheimer’s disease and drowsiness: Link could help us determine where the disease first attacks the brain

Laura Sanders | 
Alzheimer’s disease destroys command centers in the brain that keep people awake. That finding could explain why the disease often ...
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CRISPR ‘put to the test’ against inherited blindness, blood disease. Next up Duchenne muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis

Tina Saey | 
Since its debut in 2012, CRISPR gene editing has held the promise of curing most of the over 6,000 known ...
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What makes us human? These pieces of donated brain tissue may offer answers

Laura Sanders | 
Half an hour earlier, this piece of neural tissue was tucked inside a 41-year-old woman’s head, on her left side, ...
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Sleep may have originated underwater 450 million years ago

Tina Saey | 
No one should have to sleep with the fishes, but new research on zebrafish suggests that we sleep like them.  ...
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Gut microbes may offer performance boost for elite athletes

Carolyn Wilke | 
One difference between elite athletes and the rest of us might be in what hangs out in their guts. Microbes ...
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Consumer genetic testing firms may not be able to block police access to data

Tina Saey | 
The GEDMatch decision to give police access to its data in the assault case — made without informing the database’s ...
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Were hominids making stone tools 2.6 million years ago? Controversy greets discovery

Bruce Bower | 
Discoveries in East Africa of what may be the oldest expertly sharpened stone implements suggest that early members of the ...
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Does our gut bacteria alter the effectiveness of drug treatments?

Maria Temming | 
Prescribing the best medication may require going with a patient’s gut — or at least, the bacteria that live there ...
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‘Immune amnesia’: Why measles makes you more vulnerable to infections that cause pneumonia, ear infections, diarrhea

Laura Sanders | 
The most iconic thing about measles is the rash — red, livid splotches that make infection painfully visible. But that ...
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Gut bacteria from thin people fails to help obese people lose weight in study

Tina Saey | 
Changing your gut microbes may not help you lose belly fat. In a preliminary study, obese people got either capsules ...
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PTSD and other psychological traumas may increase risk of cardiovascular disease

Maanvi Singh | 
People coping with psychological trauma have a heightened risk of developing cardiovascular disease, a large-scale study finds. Researchers used national ...
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Can genetics predict a baby’s risk of becoming an obese adult?

Tina Saey | 
There’s a new way to predict whether a baby will grow into an obese adult. Combining the effect of more ...
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Meet 5 RNA ‘movers and shakers’ including one that may protect against Alzheimer’s

Tina Saey | 
RNAs, composed of strings of genetic letters called nucleotides, are best known for ferrying instructions from the genes in our ...
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How mass shootings and other traumas could impact mental health, suicide risk

Sujata Gupta | 
Two teenagers who survived the 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., took their own lives ...
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Why Nobel laureate David Baltimore doesn’t support moratorium on CRISPR babies

David Baltimore, Tina Saey | 
Some scientists have recently proposed a temporary moratorium on editing that would result in babies that carry heritable changes. … Science ...
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Viewpoint: Esketamine promises to boost depression treatments—but we don’t know enough about long-term effects

Laura Sanders | 
With great fanfare, a new antidepressant entered the U.S. market in March [2019], the first fundamentally new medicine for depression ...
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How does our immune system distinguish between friendly gut bacteria and deadly pathogens?

Jeremy Rehm | 
Observations in mice show that certain filamentous microbes use a hooklike appendage to send messages that researchers believe are aimed ...
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