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11-16-2018 zoghbi.huda15-1200-520-20140602162312

Meet Huda Zoghbi, pediatric neurologist working on rare diseases

Anna Azvolinsky | 
Huda Zoghbi has uncovered the molecular mechanisms of normal neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration by probing the complexities of rare neurological diseases ...
New techniques could transform epigenetics research, ameliorating diseases

New techniques could transform epigenetics research, ameliorating diseases

John Loike | 
Epigenetics, the study of mechanisms by which genes are turned on or off without altering their genetic code or DNA ...
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Casting doubt on whether our DNA can be tweaked to increase human lifespan

Abby Olena | 
Estimates predict that somewhere between 15 percent and 30 percent of the variability in human lifespan is due to genetics ...
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Exercise as a treatment for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s?

Ashley Yeager | 
Researchers have long recognized that exercise sharpens certain cognitive skills. Indeed, [researcher Hiroshi] Maejima and his colleagues have found that ...
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Chasing the biology underlying human intelligence

Shawna Williams | 
[H]uman intelligence [has increased] over time. Proposed explanations for the phenomenon, now known as the Flynn effect, include increasing education, ...
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Understanding what happens when routine touching becomes agony

Ruth Williams | 
It shouldn’t hurt to put on socks, wash hands, or walk about, but for some people with damaged nerves, certain ...
Increase in autism linked to rising maternal obesity and diabetes

Increase in autism linked to rising maternal obesity and diabetes

Sukanya Charuchandra | 
More and more children around the world are being born to obese mothers than ever before. In the United States, ...
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3 reasons ALS research struggles to find treatment answers

Jenny Rood | 
[T]he desire to give [ALS] patients hope has often outstripped good scientific sense. “Many drugs that have gone into ALS ...
9-20-2018 skin-graft-cocaine-addiction-1

Can a skin patch thwart cocaine overdoses?

Shawna Williams | 
There are nicotine patches to help quit smoking, and then there’s this: patches of actual skin, genetically engineered to produce ...
9-10-2018 M_Id_447486_Exercise

Could a pill replicate the Alzheimer’s defense gained through exercise?

Ruth Williams | 
Mice that model a severe form of Alzheimer’s disease tend to exhibit improved memory after exercise-induced neuron production, according to ...
8-22-2018 23andme_toc

Viewpoint: Consumer DNA tests promise more than they can deliver

John Loike | 
Over the past few years, many [DNA testing companies] have branched out into the realm of precision health, treading into ...
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GAANTRY: USDA develops ‘gene-stacking’ solution to fungal pathogens—but will it actually work?

Anne Connor | 
If climate change is the new normal, farmers in some regions of the world will have to get used to ...
6-3-2018 Aging-graciously-intercepting-falls

Are age-related diseases the result of evolutionary tradeoffs favoring the young?

Sukanya Charuchandra | 
While granting human species some advantages over our primate cousins, recent genomic adaptations appear to have come at a cost ...
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Does sunshine make us smarter? UV exposure boosts mouse brainpower

Ruth Williams | 
The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a major cause of skin cancer, but it offers some health benefits too, such ...
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Using patient registries to track effectiveness of cell and gene therapy trials

Anna Azvolinsky | 
Due to advances in rare-disease research and individualized cell and gene therapies, there has been a recent crop of treatments ...
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What a headache: Genetic adaptation to cold weather also gave us migraines

Viviane Callier | 
A human genetic variant in a gene involved in sensing cold temperatures became more common when early humans migrated out of ...
5-3-2018 evewkellys0379

Gene therapy research gets boost from parent-led crowdfunding

It’s a compelling narrative: A parent learns that his or her child has a fatal disease with no cure, and, ...
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What can we learn from bacteria that eat antibiotics for fuel?

Shawna Williams | 
Some bacteria take antibiotic resistance a step further: they chow down on the very compounds designed to kill microbes and ...
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How we can make vaccines more effective in newborns

Theo van den Broek | 
The immune system is known for its ability to remember its response to pathogens, leading to more efficient clearance of ...
Hatchery-raised vs wild-born coho salmon: Containment sites may alter epigenome, hurting survival in the wild

Hatchery-raised vs wild-born coho salmon: Containment sites may alter epigenome, hurting survival in the wild

Shawna Williams | 
[Biologist Louis Bernatchez of Quebec’s Laval University] and his colleagues set out to search for evidence of a different kind of hatchery adaptation, ...
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Bee-friendly pesticides? Protein discovery could lead to less toxic neonicotinoid insecticides

Catherine Offord | 
[S]tudies have shown that not all the compounds are equally toxic to [honeybees], suggesting that there might be variation in ...
3-18-2018 062113_lw_gene

Decades-old immunosuppressant drug rapamycin could extend life

Anne Connor | 
In the 1990s, pharmacologist Dave Sharp of the University of Texas’s Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies in San ...
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Are brains of transgender people wired differently?

Shawna Williams | 
In recent years, US society has seen a sea change in the perception of transgender people, with celebrities such as ...
Is there a difference in the toxic effects of glyphosate versus herbicides like Roundup that include surfactants?

Is there a difference in the toxic effects of glyphosate versus herbicides like Roundup that include surfactants?

Katarina Zimmer | 
Glyphosate is rarely used on its own in the field. Herbicide formulations as a whole include a variety of other ...
Advances in crop microbiome research could revolutionize agriculture

Advances in crop microbiome research could revolutionize agriculture

Davide Bulgarelli | 
Editor's note: Davide Bulgarelli is a principal investigator at the University of Dundee in the UK. His research aims at understanding the ...
1-29-2018 are-mice-blind-feature

Autism researchers focus on ‘retired’ line of mice with missing gene

Jessica Wright | 
Nearly 20 years ago, a new strain of mice debuted in a California laboratory. The mice were missing a gene ...
1-24-2018 woman-sniffing-armpit

Hot stuff: Do human pheromones really exist?

Diana Kwon | 
Some companies, such as the Athena Institute, which, according to its founder, Winnifred Cutler, published its 108th consecutive ad in The Atlantic this month, ...
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‘Personal omics’: Weight changes affect what’s happening in our gut, disease susceptibility

Abby Olena | 
Gaining and losing weight causes extensive changes in the gut microbiota and in biomarkers related to inflammation and heart disease, ...