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Borrowing a trick from cancer cells could be key to improving organ and limb transplants

Erin Garcia de Jesus | 
To help rats adopt transplanted limbs as their own, researchers have harnessed a ruse that cancer cells use to hide ...
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Experiments on living brain tissue unearth ‘ethical quandaries’

Karen Rommelfanger, Laura Sanders | 
Live bits of brain look like any other piece of meat —  pinkish, solid chunks of neural tissue. But unlike ...
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Iraqi excavation rekindles debate over whether Neanderthals buried their dead

Bruce Bower | 
The excavation of an adult Neandertal’s partial upper-body skeleton in Iraqi Kurdistan has revived a decades-long debate over whether Neandertals intentionally buried ...
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This robotic face will wince if you hit it. How does it process pain?

Laura Sanders | 
Sensors embedded in soft, artificial skin that can detect both a gentle touch and a painful thump have been hooked ...
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Dreaming of hypoallergenic cats and how CRISPR could ‘come to the rescue’

Erika Engelhaupt | 
Given that just two genes are responsible for making cats a problem for many people, it seemed like a no-brainer ...
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Viewpoint: Booming stem cell market ‘conflates hype with reality’, damaging legitimate research

Laura Beil | 
Stem cells sold at clinics are driving what’s thought to be a $2 billion global industry. Facebook pages announce seminars ...
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‘Intrepid explorers’: Neanderthals hunted their way across thousands of miles in Europe

Bruce Bower | 
Neandertals were epic wanderers. These ancient hominids took a 3,000- to 4,000-kilometer hike from Eastern Europe to the Altai Mountains ...
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DNA from 4 ancient children shed light on diversity of humankind’s African origins

Bruce Bower | 
Four ancient youngsters, one pair from around 8,000 years ago and another from about 3,000 years ago, have opened a ...
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Dementia’s ‘biological weak spot’: A single mutation helped this woman evade Alzheimer’s for decades

Laura Sanders | 
A cruel twist of genetic fate brought Alzheimer’s disease to a sprawling Colombian family. But thanks to a second twist, ...
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Dangers of CAR-T treatments linked to ‘particularily messy’ method of killing tumors

Erin Garcia de Jesus | 
Techniques to genetically modify patient immune cells have revolutionized the fight against hard-to-treat cancers. But they can come with dangerous ...
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Why infected patients should be put on multidrug cocktails to head off antibiotic tolerance and resistance

Tina Saey | 
Infectious bacteria that are down but not quite dead yet may be more dangerous than previously thought. Even as one ...
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Does the pill cause depression? Why its too soon to be worried

Laura Sanders | 
“Does the pill cause depression?” the news headline asked. Prompted by a recent study that described a link between taking birth ...
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Single dose of ketamine could weaken the desire to drink beer

Laura Sanders | 
A single dose of ketamine may cut down problematic drinking. Taken in the right context, the hallucinogenic drug may be able ...
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Can we take AI to the next level by building robots that fear for their own safety?

Tom Siegfried | 
There might be a way, though, to give robots feelings, say neuroscientists Kingson Man and Antonio Damasio. Simply build the ...
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‘Self-eating’ mitochondria may make the brain vulnerable to Lou Gehrig’s disease

Tina Saey | 
A newly discovered type of mitochondrial self-destruction may make some brain cells vulnerable to ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s ...
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Tree planting can help slow global warming, but it’s no panacea, climate experts say

Susan Milius | 
.... There’s room to plant enough trees, albeit many, many, many trees, to counter a big chunk of the planet-warming ...
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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 ...