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Powerful killer T-cell discovery could enable ‘one-size-fits-all’ cancer therapy

Researchers have discovered a new type of killer T-cell that, after testing in a mouse model, could help to forge ...
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More science education may not quell consumer fear of GMO, gene-edited crops, Japanese study suggests

Molly Campbell | 
A team of researchers [in Japan] conducted a survey to explore the opinions and attitudes of both Japanese experts and ...
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Geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam explains how the CRISPR gene editing ‘revolution’ can improve our food

Alison Van Eenennaam, Molly Campbell | 
The final instalment of Technology Networks Explores the CRISPR Revolution is an interview with Dr Alison Van Eenennaam, a livestock ...
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Can a DNA test determine if your biological age matches your chronological age?

Molly Campbell | 
I consider myself to be a fairly healthy person, to my own standards at least. But does my DNA tell ...
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Promise of treating Alzheimer’s with sensory stimulation: ‘Everybody can do it at home’

Li-Huei Tsai, Ruairi Mackenzie | 
At SfN 2019, we interviewed Li-Huei Tsai, director of the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory in the Department of ...

Why DNA is the thumb drive of the future

DNA is designed to keep lots of data in a tiny space for an extremely long time. But the best ...
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Psychiatric diagnoses scientifically meaningless? Why that criticism ‘seems meaningless’

Samei Huda | 
In this opinion piece, psychiatrist Samei Huda responds to a recent journal article published in Psychiatry Research that labeled psychiatric ...
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Video: Here’s what sugar does to our brains

Nicole Avena | 
When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation ...
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Video: Targeting glioblastoma and other deadly cancers with nanoparticles, chemotherapy

Stephen Frederico | 
Nanoparticles are capable of carrying chemotherapy to areas of the body afflicted by cancer. However, what if these nanoparticles were ...
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UK pushes to cut cancer rates by expanding HPV vaccinations to preteen boys

From September 2019, boys in school year 8 will be offered the free Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) vaccine for the ...
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Can stress be measured through a single drop of blood?

Ruairi Mackenzie | 
[T]he holy grail of stress diagnostics would be a reliable biomarker; a biological measuring stick that would sum up all ...
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Human brains are drawn to the sound of music

In the eternal search for understanding what makes us human, scientists found that our brains are more sensitive to pitch, ...
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Video: Exploring the riddle of consciousness

Consciousness is perhaps the biggest riddle in nature. In the first part of this three part video series, we explore ...
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Understanding how ketamine helps the brain deal with depression

Ruairi Mackenzie | 
The promise of ketamine, an anesthetic drug primarily used at sub-anesthetic doses to either manage severe pain or send recreational ...
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Searching for a ‘fountain of youth’ in our genes

Explorers have dreamt for centuries of a Fountain of Youth, with healing waters that rejuvenate the old and extend life ...
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Do our genes determine which faces are ‘prettier’ than others?

Molly Campbell | 
Despite the importance humans and society appear to place on beauty, from a scientific perspective, we don't actually know a ...
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Video: Understanding the mystery of hidden or ‘dark DNA’

Julian Huguet | 
Scientists are beginning to understand mysterious parts of our DNA. Here’s what they’ve found so far. Read full, original post: “Dark ...

Targeting rare diseases with RNA treatments

Daniel de Boer, Laura Mason | 
There are approximately 7,000 known rare diseases, however, less than 6% of these have a treatment. It is estimated that between 25–35 ...

Proteogenomics: Forging a new path in precision medicine

Victoria Ware | 
Integrating its parent fields of proteomics and genomics with transcriptomics, proteogenomics is the latest in a series of ‘omics technologies ...

How to avert an ‘antibiotic apocalypse’

Ruairi J Mackenzie | 
The “Antibiotic Apocalypse” scenario, where drug-resistant bacteria end humanity, often seems to be somewhat inevitable, a process driven so strongly ...
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CRISPR editing of multiple plant genes results in almost no off target effects

A team that includes a Virginia Tech plant scientist recently used life sciences technology to edit 14 target sites encompassing ...