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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 ...
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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, ...
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Gay genes identified? Research met with ‘severe criticism’

Jef Akst | 
Scanning the genomes of 1,077 homosexual men and 1,231 heterosexual men, researchers identified several genetic regions with multiple single nucleotide ...
Fighting infectious diseases with immunotherapy on 'cusp of commercialization'

Fighting infectious diseases with immunotherapy on ‘cusp of commercialization’

Lucas Laursen | 
Immunotherapy, which involves adapting immune cells to destroy specific cellular targets, has made a name for itself treating cancer. But ...
Getting behind the genetics of high-altitude adjustments

Getting behind the genetics of high-altitude adjustments

Abby Olena | 
People who both travel to and live at high altitudes typically cope with lower oxygen levels by increasing red blood ...
100 billion neurons make up our brain—how does it all work?

100 billion neurons make up our brain—how does it all work?

Tracy Bedrosian, Fred Gage, Sara Linker | 
[Editor's note: Sara Linker and Tracy Bedrosian are postdoctoral research fellows in the Laboratory of Genetics at the Salk Institute for ...
Life-forming water droplets could have jump-started early evolution

Life-forming water droplets could have jump-started early evolution

Ashley Yeager | 
Reactions in tiny droplets of water may have given rise to some of the molecules essential for the origin of ...
Seeking human consciousness at the cellular level

Seeking human consciousness at the cellular level

Anna Azvolinsky | 
To define human consciousness at the neuronal level is among the most difficult of tasks for neuroscience. Still, researchers have ...
Evidence confirms likely link between regular exercise and reduced cancer risk

Evidence confirms likely link between regular exercise and reduced cancer risk

Jef Akst | 
Researchers have long recognized an epidemiological link between exercise and a lower risk of certain cancers, including breast cancer. But ...
Genome destruction: CRISPR used to remove entire Y chromosome in mice

Genome destruction: CRISPR used to remove entire Y chromosome in mice

Kerry Grens | 
Researchers have managed to wipe out an entire mouse chromosome using CRISPR-Cas9. They aimed numerous double-strand breaks at either the ...
Human 'tree rings'? Neuroimaging predicts life span and brain age

Human ‘tree rings’? Neuroimaging predicts life span and brain age

Diana Kwon | 
In recent years, scientists have plumbed the molecular depths of the body and surfaced with tell-tale biomarkers of aging, some ...
Not fool-proof: Gene drive's greatest weakness is random DNA mutations

Not fool-proof: Gene drive’s greatest weakness is random DNA mutations

Kerry Grens | 
Gene drive is a technology that could squelch insect-borne diseases, by forcing deleterious traits engineered into the animals’ DNA to ...
Hemophilia cure? First attempt at in vivo human genome editing

Hemophilia cure? First attempt at in vivo human genome editing

Abby Olena | 
Researchers have edited the human genome before, but always in cells outside the body. Now, biotech company Sangamo Therapeutics is ...
Sour or sweet? Your genes guide your food preferences

Sour or sweet? Your genes guide your food preferences

Bob Holmes | 
Every one of us, I learned through my preliminary research for Flavor: The Science of Our Most Neglected Sense, probably ...