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How humans and chimps diverged: DNA parasite ‘jumping genes’ played key role

Tina Hesman Saey | 
Face-to-face, a human and a chimpanzee are easy to tell apart. The two species share a common primate ancestor, but ...
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CRISPR’s long ‘natural history’ in microbes predated its recent ‘miracle’ applications

Rosie Mestel | 
It is the dazzling star of the biotech world: a powerful new tool that can deftly and precisely alter the ...
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DNA markers can help explain children’s reading ability

An international team of scientists from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Sweden has used a genetic scoring technique ...
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Fighting Zika: DNA vaccines may offer new weapon against virus

Meghan Rosen | 
[In August 2016], scientists injected a [DNA] vaccine for Zika virus into a human being...Unlike some traditional methods, DNA vaccines ...
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Rice plants could be genetically tweaked to tame arsenic found in soil, reducing risk for humans

Laurel Hamers | 
Rooted in place, plants can’t run away from arsenic-tainted soil — but they’re far from helpless. Scientists have identified enzymes ...
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CRISPR enters period of creative redesigns and gene editing upgrades

Tina Saey | 
Scientists usually shy away from using the word miracle — unless they’re talking about...CRISPR/Cas9. ... Even with all the genetic ...
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Gene drive’s fatal flaw could become its biggest advantage

Tina Saey | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Gene drives have worked ...

Scientists celebrate 100th anniversary of DNA double helix discovery

Tom Siegfried | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. When Francis Crick was ...

Gut bacteria may play vital role in Crohn’s disease

Meghan Rosen | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Good gut bacteria might ...
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Scientific consensus: GMOs pose no health risks but full potential not yet realized

Rachel Ehrenberg | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. There’s. . . a ...

Can promises of gene drive technologies overcome safety concerns?

Tina Hesman Saey | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Gene drive enthusiasts say ...

New technologies track genome’s shapeshifting over time

Sarah Schwartz | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  Researchers have long realized ...

Should human germline gene editing even be considered for future use?

Tina Hesman Saey | 
Rumors about human germline editing experiments prompted scientists to gather in January in Napa, Calif. Discussions there led two groups ...

No, a single hormone cannot turn mice gay

Bethany Brookshire | 
In 2011, a group of scientists “turned mice gay.” The only issue is, of course, they didn’t. Rather, Yi Rao ...
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Did dogs team up with humans to drive Neanderthals to extinction?

Ancient humans drove Neanderthals to extinction around 40,000 years ago with the help of dogs soon after canines diverged from ...

Genetic variants altering key brain structures identified

Elizabeth Pennisi | 
In the animal kingdom, humans are known for our big brains. But not all brains are created equal, and now ...

Twin study suggests environment influences immune system more than genetics

Emily Conover | 
Why did you get the flu this winter, but your co-workers didn’t? The answer, according to a new study of ...

Dog’s genes provide clues to treating muscular dystrophy

Tina Hesman Saey | 
A Golden retriever that inherited a genetic defect that causes muscular dystrophy doesn't have the disease, giving scientists clues to ...

Bat brains help tell us how processing works in our own

Bethany Brookshire | 
When you’re driving a car, you pass by people, places, colors and shapes. Suddenly, you see one particular combination of ...
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Evolution created obesity epidemic? Theory of calorie-hoarding genes challenged

Laura Beil | 
The obesity crisis has given prehistoric dining a stardom not known since Fred Flintstone introduced the Bronto Burger. Last year, ...

Rethinking addiction and the brain on drugs

Bethany Brookshire | 
Every day sees a new research article on addiction, be it cocaine, heroin, food or porn. Each one takes a specific angle on how addiction ...

Chorus of neurons, singing together transfers messages in the brain

Bethany Brookshire | 
When a cartoon character gets an idea, you know it. A lightbulb goes on over Wile E. Coyote’s head, or ...

Blondness carried in a single allele that enhances known hair color genes

Tina Hesman Saey | 
Some Europeans have enhancers that make them blond. In this case, the enhancer isn’t a hair dye, but a genetic ...

Staph may have acquired resistance genes for common antimicbrobial hand sanitizers

Beth Mole | 
Sneezing out antimicrobial snot may sound like a superpower, but it actually could be a handicap. Triclosan, an omnipresent antimicrobial ...

Researchers say Y chromosome traces back to the time of Mitochondrial Eve or before

Erin Wayman | 
The largest analyses to date of the human Y chromosome suggest that modern men can trace their family tree further ...

Nail stem cells regrow fingertips

Cristy Gelling | 
The following is an excerpt. Doctors could one day use nail stem cells to treat malformed nails or even amputated ...
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Head for numbers? Brain anatomy best predictor of math aptitude

Meghan Rosen | 
Children who are good at math may literally have a brain for numbers. New research indicates that the physical structure ...

Genetic fossils betray hepatitis B’s ancient roots

Tina Hesman Saey | 
The following is an excerpt. A virus that causes liver diseases in people may have infected birds that shared the ...