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Cancer has a male bias and we’re just starting to understand why

Jef Akst | 
More than half of neurooncologist Josh Rubin’s pediatric brain cancer patients over his 25-year career have been boys. … About a ...
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Monitoring biodiversity: Project seeks to catalog arctic life through ‘DNA Barcoding’

Phil Jaekl | 
[Molecular biologist Inger Greye] Alsos is currently taking part in the formidable task of genetically identifying not just all the ...
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When cancer becomes contagious: Seeking better understanding of rare transmissible forms of the disease

Katarina Zimmer | 
The untrained eye likely wouldn’t have noticed, but doctoral student Ruth Pye immediately spotted something unusual about the way the cells were ...
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Can CAR-T cell therapy tackle solid tumors too?

Kerry Grens | 
Last summer, [Cecelia] Barron’s cancer went from stage 2 to stage 3 oligodendroglioma. Behnam Badie, her surgeon at City of Hope, ...
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CRISPR’s challenge: It’s still easier to subtract genes than it is to add them

Anna Nowogrodzki | 
Almost always, building something is harder than tearing it down. Similarly, knocking in genes poses a greater challenge than knocking ...
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How modern farming may be distorting our analysis of ancient human migration

Anna Azvolinsky | 
One of the most widely used tools archaeologists have at their disposal to decipher where prehistoric humans lived and traveled ...
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Searching for tuberculosis ‘super-spreaders’ by sampling breathed air

Linda Nordling | 
In Masiphumelele, an informal settlement of tin shacks, squat brick buildings, and narrow lanes south of Cape Town, 23,000 people ...
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Japan wants to use stem cells to treat paralysis—but ethical questions remain

John Loike | 
On February 18, 2019, The Asahi Shimbun reported, “Ministry [of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan] OKs 1st iPS [induced pluripotent ...
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Growing malaria drug resistance worldwide threatens to be ‘disastrous’

Natalie Slivinski | 
It’s not clear why, but the Greater Mekong Subregion—Cambodia, southern China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam—is a major source of ...
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Calyxt gene-edited soybean oil debuts in Midwestern US restaurants

Carolyn Wilke | 
At the end of [February 2019], Calyxt, an agriculture-focused company based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, announced its first sale of ...
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Can the flu cause Parkinson’s and other brain disorders?

Ashley Yeager | 
One of the earliest links between influenza and neural dysfunction was a correlation between the 1918 Spanish flu, caused by ...
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Viewpoint: Creation of synthetic DNA demands ethical boundaries for its use

John Loike, Robert Pollack | 
A study published [February 21] expands the redesign of the 4-billion-year-old genetic code from a four-nucleotide base-pair alphabet to an eight-base-pair ...
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Popular autism ‘signaling imbalance theory’ challenged, suggesting new drugs ‘may have little value’

Sarah Deweerdt | 
An analysis of four mouse models negates certain assumptions underlying the “signaling imbalance theory,” a popular hypothesis about autism’s origins ...
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Keen sense of smell? You’re probably good at not getting lost, study suggests

Shawna Williams | 
Watch a bacterium chase down the source of an enticing molecular trail using chemo-taxis, and it’s clear that its sensory ...
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First gene-editing experiments on adults suffering from rare metabolic disorders offer promising early results

Carolyn Wilke | 
In late 2017, scientists first began attempting to edit the genes of adults to treat rare genetic disorders. Preliminary results ...
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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 ...