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Plants communicate to fight off pests. Their ‘conversations’ might help us safeguard our food crops

Ashley Yeager | 
When a beetle larva bites into the leaf of a goldenrod plant .... [t]he bite damages the goldenrod .... causing ...
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Losing sense of taste and smell could be ‘early warning sign’ of coronavirus infection

Ashley Yeager | 
Nearly two weeks ago, Alessandro Laurenzi, a biologist working as a consultant in Bologna, Italy, was mowing the grass in his ...
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Gilead’s experimental remdesivir shows promise against coronaviruses. Can it beat back COVID-19

Abby Olena | 
Targeted drug development takes years, but when time is short in a pandemic, scientists and clinicians turn to pharmaceuticals that ...
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How did the coronavirus jump from bats to humans? Snakes, pangolins and turtles top suspect list

Claire Jarvis | 
When a new zoonotic outbreak occurs, scientists rush to trace the species the infection originated from. Often the infection jumps ...
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Viewpoint: Plagued with unreliable results, cannabis testing industry has a long way to go

Katarina Zimmer | 
Because cannabis is still considered illegal at the federal level, the responsibility of regulating cannabis and cannabis-derived products falls to ...
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Infographic: How the coronavirus appears ‘seemingly out of nowhere’

Ashley Yeager | 
When Emma Hodcroft read that, seemingly out of nowhere, a rash of cases of the novel coronavirus had popped up in Britain ...
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Infographic: Track the global spread of the coronavirus

Catherine Offord | 
The numbers for COVID-19 cases and deaths are changing rapidly. The following charts only provide an approximation of the current ...
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Infographic: Which 3D printed organs are closest to being transplantable?

Emma Yasinski | 
No one has printed fully functional, transplantable human organs just yet, but scientists are getting closer, making pieces of tissue ...
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Once promising autism drug Abilify linked to heart problems, substantial weight gains

Hannah Furfaro | 
It has been 11 years since the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved aripiprazole for children with autism. The ...
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African swine fever decimates global pork production. Can a genetically engineered vaccine stop it?

Katarina Zimmer | 
In the fall of 2017, a year before an unfamiliar virus captured the world’s attention with an explosive outbreak in ...
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Infographic: Tracking the global spread of the coronavirus through its genetic signature

Ashley Yeager, Richard Neher | 
Several years ago, Richard Neher, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, and his colleagues wanted to ...
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Infographic: What suicidal behavior looks like in the brain

Catherine Offord | 
Scientists have identified several key neurobiological pathways with ties to suicidal behaviors. Research in the field addresses only a fraction ...
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Modern Africans have more Neanderthal ancestry than previously thought, study says

Jef Akst | 
Modern Africans have an average of 17 megabases of Neanderthal DNA in their genomes, according to an analysis published [January ...
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Amish people study suggests environmental factors influence mutations causing disease and evolution more than genes

Abby Olena | 
The rate of new mutations in the human genome appear to be consistent across diverse populations, except one—the Old Order ...
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Alzheimer’s link to herpes disputed in new study

Katarina Zimmer | 
Around 30 years ago, researchers in the UK discovered DNA strands of herpes simplex virus 1 in postmortem brain samples of Alzheimer’s ...
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Tracing the origins of China’s coronavirus: Infectious disease expert explains how it jumped from animals to humans

Peter Daszak, Shawna Williams | 
The Scientist spoke with Peter Daszak, the president of the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance and an infectious disease researcher who’s done extensive research ...
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Searching for answers in the genome of China’s mysterious coronavirus

Emma Yasinski | 
As public health officials respond in real-time to the unfolding of the outbreak, so too are scientists. Just one month ...
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Global temperature modeling suggests dinosaurs were wiped out by asteroid strike

Amy Schleunes | 
A massive asteroid impact is likely to blame for the extinction event that marks the end of the Cretaceous period, ...
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Can we use the brain’s ‘biochemical changes’ to predict—and prevent— suicide?

Catherine Offord | 
No field of scientific inquiry can single-handedly untangle a phenomenon as complex as suicide. But [Kees] van Heeringen and many ...
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Exposure to different types of dirt may boost body’s immune system, study suggests

Jef Akst | 
Differences in allergy incidence between the two sides of the Finnish-Russian border might have something to do with exposure to ...
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We don’t know enough yet to effectively pick embryos to get smarter, taller children, study says

Shawna Williams | 
Despite advances in understanding the combined effects of multiple genes on complex traits in humans, efforts to choose embryos based ...
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‘Strange’ decade gave us CRISPR, gene therapy advances and a Neanderthal genome

Bob Grant | 
[H]ere, we present some of the innovations, both conceptual and technological, that stood out throughout the past decade. … In ...
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Emergency approval sends new oral polio vaccine to front lines, bypassing clinical trials

Robert Fortner | 
To stem a growing polio crisis, health officials are accelerating the development of a new oral vaccine with plans for emergency ...
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Video: Neuroscientist Sergiu Pasca on his pioneering efforts to grow brain organoids from stem cells

Sergiu Pasca | 
When [Stanford University brain researcher Sergiu] Pasca started his own lab at the university in 2014, he continued working on ...
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Infographic: These blood biomarkers could be critical to diagnosing, treating Alzheimer’s

Shawna Williams | 
Researchers are investigating a host of molecules found in the blood that could reveal pathological processes in the brain. Here ...
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Pursuit of ‘speech prosthetic’ for people who’ve lost the ability to talk could be boosted by this discovery

Shawna Williams | 
One [area of the brain is called] the “hand knob,” which, as the name suggests, is a knobby region of ...
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Why finding a blood test for Alzheimer’s could be the key to new treatments

Shawna Williams | 
Alzheimer’s patients who were at earlier stages of the disease did better than those with more advanced cognitive decline [in ...
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Was it ‘bad luck’—not ancient humans—that drove Neanderthals to extinction?

Catherine Offord | 
Neanderthals may have gone extinct due to chance, and not, as some researchers previously thought, due to competition for resources ...