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Plant scientists: Anti-GMO activism has warped the public’s understanding of biotechnology

Rod Herman, Bryan Delaney, Nicholas Storer | 
Public perception  of genetically engineered (GE) crops is being manipulated by organizations that purport to represent the interests of consumers ...
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Tracking Neanderthal DNA in modern humans: There’s been little change in 45,000 years

Diana Kwon | 
Neanderthals, modern humans’ closest evolutionary relatives, have been extinct for thousands of years. But due to interbreeding between the two ...
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Infographic: How do urban environments drive genetic change?

Catherine Offord | 
Air pollution may favor the adaptation of organisms to become more stress-resistant than their rural counterparts. There is some evidence ...
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Immunotherapy more effective in patients with more cancer mutations, study shows

Catherine Offord | 
The number of mutations in a tumor’s genome may predict how well a patient will benefit from treatment with immune ...
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Men are less tolerant than women when it comes to repeated pain, study shows

Diana Kwon | 
A painful experience is not one you are likely to forget—you don’t need to have a trunk slammed onto your ...
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60 percent of wild coffee species at risk of ‘extinction’

Shawna Williams | 
More than half of the world’s 124 wild coffee plant species meet the criteria for inclusion on the International Union ...
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China is growing crops on the moon in preparation for its proposed lunar base

Ashley Yeager | 
There’s cotton growing on the far side of the moon—the first time plants have sprouted there. On January 3, a ...
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Examining the genetic roots of anorexia and other eating disorders

Amy Lewis | 
Characterized by extreme caloric restriction resulting in weight loss, an intense fear of gaining weight, and a distorted body image, anorexia ...
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Smoking pot while pregnant increases health risks, including depression and drug abuse, for offspring

Andrew Scheyer | 
Various large-scale longitudinal research projects in both North America and Europe, ranging from several hundred to thousands of subjects, on ...
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Urbanization is a ‘massive unplanned experiment’: How cities affect evolution

Catherine Offord | 
[C]ities are having profound effects on their animal and plant residents. Globally, about 0.5 percent of Earth’s land area is ...
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Viewpoint: Documentary Genesis 2.0 delivers ‘warning’ about synthetic biology

Shawna Williams | 
“How did you manage to set free that terrible devil?” asks a Yakut poem, solemnly intoned near the beginning, and ...
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Unapproved stem cell treatments draw FDA investigation following bacterial infections

Ashley Taylor | 
This year [2018], 12 people have been hospitalized with bacterial infections after being treated with stem cell products derived from ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...