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Do Roundup Ready GMO crops harm Monarch butterflies? Ecologists weigh in as new data comes to light

Jim Daley | 
Monarch butterfly populations have been declining since the 1990s, and several studies have linked this to the proliferation of crops ...
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Insomnia linked to neuropsychiatric disorders rather than ‘sleep regulation’, genetic studies show

Simon Makin | 
[T]wo studies published [March 11] in Nature Genetics provide first peeks at the biological basis of insomnia, implicating specific brain regions and ...
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Why people with ADHD may be more creative

Holly White | 
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is typically described by the problems it presents. It is known as a neurological disorder, marked by ...
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Is it easier to get cancer than previously thought?

Miguel Coelho | 
[C]ancer might arise more easily than previously thought. By doing experiments on both yeast cells and on human cells in ...
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‘Forest fire’ in the brain: How inflammation may spark Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

Karen Weintraub | 
[B]oth Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s may be the results of neuroinflammation—in which the brain’s immune system has gotten out of whack ...
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Inside the quest to use gene therapy to cure a form of congenital blindness

Jean Bennett, Katherine High | 
[I]nherited retinal disease affects thousands of people around the world—people who are born with poor vision and then slowly lose ...
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Creating rare marijuana compounds with GM yeast could lead to a ‘blockbuster drug or two’

Sophie Bushwick | 
[Genetically modified brewer’s yeast] is churning out cannabinoids, the compounds found in marijuana. Researchers led by Jay Keasling, a professor ...
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Autism or OCD? Why it can be challenging to tell the difference

Daisy Yuhas | 
At first glance, autism and OCD appear to have little in common. Yet clinicians and researchers have found an overlap ...
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Do these fossilized ‘tracks’ mean life gained mobility 600 million years earlier than we thought?

Jim Daley | 
On February 11, Abderrazak El Albani, a sedimentologist at the University of Poitiers in France, published a study in Proceedings of the National ...
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Do you crave sweets when you’re stressed? Blame it on your brain

Achim Peters | 
Although our brain accounts for just 2 percent of our body weight, the organ consumes half of our daily carbohydrate ...
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‘Morally appropriate’? Entomologists question effort to eradicate disease-causing tsetse fly in Africa

Richard Conniff | 
Sleeping sickness (or trypanosomiasis), endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, is a horribly debilitating disease. … [Why not] end sleeping sickness by ...
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Gene from controversial CRISPR baby experiment could deliver new stroke treatment

Karen Weintraub | 
A widely criticized experiment last year saw a researcher in China delete a gene in twin girls at the embryonic ...
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Nearly half of major depression episodes could be prevented, studies show

Ricardo Muñoz | 
While there are many effective treatments for depression, including medications and psychological therapies, the rate of depression is not going ...
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Could this fossilized footprint belong to one of the last Neanderthals ‘ever to walk the Earth’?

Kate Wong | 
Researchers have discovered an array of fossilized footprints in an ancient sand dune in Gibraltar, the small British territory on ...
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Artificial intelligence could have a future diagnosing sick children, study says

Emily Willingham | 
With the money and time that visits to the ER and urgent care soak up, the chance to revisit old-fashioned ...
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Podcast: Celebrating Charles Darwin’s 210th birthday

John Rennie, Richard Milner | 
[February 12 was] Darwin Day. Charles Darwin was born 210 years ago … . Ten years ago I went to a ...
2-13-2019 evolution

Pew survey exposes Americans’ complicated views on evolution and religion

Cary Funk, David Masci, Greg Smith | 
Most biologists and other scientists contend that evolutionary theory convincingly explains the origins and development of life on Earth. So ...
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‘Unsettling’ news: Alzheimer’s could be transmissible

Jennifer Frazer | 
[A] new paper appeared in Nature that seemed to take the evidence for the transmissibility of Alzheimer’s peptides from “circumstantial” to ...
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Viewpoint: We need to get better at diagnosing Alzheimer’s if we hope to improve treatments

Howard Fillit | 
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S., and unlike with cancer and heart disease, we ...
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Sending tiny organs into space in search for aging, disease secrets

Christopher Austin | 
In research that sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, astronauts are conducting experiments on miniature human organs—such ...
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Boosting the body’s innate cancer immunity

Mark Lowdell | 
The focus on immunotherapy puts us at risk for forgetting that the principal role of the immune system is tumor ...
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Why the quest to create ‘super babies’ is a ‘fool’s errand’

Jim Kozubek | 
Gene-edited babies should probably always be prohibited, not because of fears of creating inequalities and advantaged “super babies,” but because ...
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‘Russian blues’: How language shapes the way our brains perceive the world

Catherine Caldwell-Harris | 
Does the language you speak influence how you think? This is the question behind the famous linguistic relativity hypothesis, that the grammar ...
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Have addictive personalities aided human evolution?

Judy Grisel | 
We’re so inundated with bleak facts about addiction that it may be hard to perceive any silver lining. It’s nearly ...
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Understanding the ‘little brain’ could be key to treating autism, addiction

Diana Kwon | 
For about two centuries the scientific community believed the cerebellum (Latin for “little brain”), which contains approximately half of the ...
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Marijuana and mental health: It’s not ‘strictly helpful or harmful’

Jonathan Stea | 
The exciting news about the complexity of cannabis is that it holds much promise as a potential medicine for many ...
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Video: Scientists ‘resurrect’ the scent of extinct flower by piecing together its DNA

Deboki Chakravarti | 
Using the tools of paleogenomics, scientists at Gingko Bioworks, a Boston-based synthetic biology company, have resurrected the smell of an extinct ...
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Alzhiemer’s could be triggered by ‘genomic mosaicism’

Jerold Chun | 
Certain inherited genetic mutations lead to Alzheimer’s disease (AD), but they are relatively rare. A recent study from my laboratory, however, shows ...