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Social media is abuzz with claims that mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna change your genetic code. Here are the facts

Social media is abuzz with claims that mRNA vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna change your genetic code. Here are the facts

Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are mRNA vaccines, which contain tiny fragments of the genetic material known as “messenger ...
‘Every time you sit down in the subway, you are likely commuting with an entirely new species’: 12,000 new bacteria and viruses discovered in 6 continent study

‘Every time you sit down in the subway, you are likely commuting with an entirely new species’: 12,000 new bacteria and viruses discovered in 6 continent study

Julie Grisham | SciTech Daily | 
About 12,000 bacteria and viruses collected in a sampling from public transit systems and hospitals around the world from 2015 ...
Do you thrive in cold weather? 20% of people have a genetic mutation that keeps skeletal muscles warmer

Do you thrive in cold weather? 20% of people have a genetic mutation that keeps skeletal muscles warmer

SciTech Daily | 
Skeletal muscle comprises fast-twitch (white) fibers that fatigue quickly and slow-twitch (red) fibers that are more resistant to fatigue. The ...
Delay aging and extend our lifespans? Gene therapy might be able to do that

Delay aging and extend our lifespans? Gene therapy might be able to do that

SciTech Daily | 
How many aging-promoting genes are there in the human genome? What are the molecular mechanisms by which these genes regulate ...
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How probiotics can relieve depression symptoms

SciTech Daily | 
Probiotics either taken by themselves or when combined with prebiotics, may help to ease depression, suggests a review of the ...
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Infographic: How old is your dog in ‘human years’? Genetics prompt scientists to revise ‘outdated’ 1-to-7 formula

SciTech Daily | 
If there’s one myth that has persisted through the years without much evidence, it’s this: multiply your dog’s age by ...
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Eliminating Parkinson’s may eventually be possible with a ‘stunning’ single treatment

SciTech Daily | 
[Researchers found] a new therapeutic approach for Parkinson’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. Just a single treatment to inhibit [the ...
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‘Bridge to transplant’: Mini human livers grown in rats spurs research that could alleviate transplant shortage

SciTech Daily | 
Using skin cells from human volunteers, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have created fully functional mini ...
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‘Thinness gene’ could offer genetically engineered weight control strategy

SciTech Daily | 
While others may be dieting and hitting the gym hard to stay in shape, some people stay slim effortlessly no ...
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Vitamin D appears to reduce complications and lower probably of dying from coronavirus

SciTech Daily | 
Researchers from Trinity College Dublin are calling on the government in Ireland to change recommendations for vitamin D supplements. A ...
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‘Genetic scrambling’ over millions of years makes it difficult to understand Earth’s earliest life

SciTech Daily | 
Biologists have long hoped to understand the nature of the earliest living organisms on Earth. If they could, they might ...
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Can the human body survive a trip to Mars unharmed? New study casts doubt on safety of long-term space travel

SciTech Daily | 
Extended periods in space have long been known to cause vision problems in astronauts. Now a new study in the ...
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For treating epileptic seizures, pharmaceutical CBD is more effective than ‘artisanal’ alternatives, researchers say

SciTech Daily | 
Children and teens with epilepsy who were treated with pharmaceutical cannabidiol (CBD) had much better seizure control than those who were treated ...
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Video: Two mutations join forces to create deadlier cancer

Brian Stallard | SciTech Daily | 
Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have discovered that ...
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Gene-silencing biopesticide targets harmful insects without threatening pollinators

Sean Barton | SciTech Daily | 
A natural, sustainable alternative to pesticides that targets specific pests, without harming beneficial pollinators such as honeybees, is being developed ...
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Measuring the risks, potential of CRISPR

Greg Licholai | SciTech Daily | 
The gene editing technology CRISPR has prompted both breathless predictions of medical breakthroughs and warnings of apocalypse. Yale Insights asked ...
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Possible cure for cancer in decade

Fiona MacRae | SciTech Daily | 
One of the men who discovered the structure of DNA has turned his mind to another scientific conundrum – the ...
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