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There are 7 coronaviruses that infect humans. Here’s what makes SARS-CoV-2 so dangerous

Ed Yong | 
SARS-CoV-2 is not the flu. It causes a disease with different symptoms, spreads and kills more readily, and belongs to a completely ...

There are 3 possible endgames for the coronavirus pandemic

Ed Yong | 
Three months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed. Now the virus has spread to almost every country... . It ...

Are we overreacting to the coronavirus? Here’s why we should hope so.

Ian Bogost | 
From my perspective, staring down the barrel of a “once-in-a-generation pathogen,” as the former U.S. Food and Drug Administration commissioner ...

Breast milk breakthrough on the horizon? Growing mammary cells to create casein and lactose

Sarah Zhang | 
The inconvenient truth about breastfeeding is that breasts are, invariably, attached to a person. A person who could get too ...
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Human hibernation eyed as solution for severe trauma, weight loss and deep-space travel

James Hamblin | 
A small group of scientists is taking human hibernation extremely seriously. They are studying the basic mechanisms with an eye ...
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Why are Americans obsessed with unproven CBD supplements?

Amanda Mull | 
CBD belongs to a class of chemicals called cannabinoids, dozens of which have been identified in cannabis and hemp plants, ...
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Here’s a virus that CRISPR can’t touch—it could help researchers gain better control of the gene-editing tool

Ed Yong | 
Bacteria and phages are likely locked in an arms race. The former evolve new kinds of scissor enzymes, and the ...
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Tracing evolution of mammalian hearing: Essential ear bones were once part of the jaw

Sarah Zhang | 
One hundred and twenty million years ago, when northeastern China was a series of lakes and erupting volcanoes, there lived ...
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Chronic pain relief: Why Gabapentin may not be a ‘safe’ alternative to opioids

Olga Khazan | 
Gabapentin was supposed to be the answer. Chronic pain afflicts about a fifth of American adults, and for years, doctors thought it ...
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Why do women make up two-thirds of Alzheimer’s patients? The answer may be found in menopause

Deborah Copaken | 
Two-thirds of all Alzheimer’s patients are women. Why? It has often been posited that this is because women live longer ...
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How a genetically modified morning glory was almost the 2020 Olympics mascot

Nicola Twilley | 
Sebastian Cocioba, a 29-year-old college dropout and self-styled “plant hacker,” has lived there with his parents for the past decade ...
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Keto diet as a cancer treatment? Researchers explore potential to treat diseases, seizures

Sam Apple | 
[S]cientists have known for decades that the keto diet can prevent epileptic seizures even when pharmaceutical treatments have failed. But ...
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Could common infections be causing eating disorders?

Olga Khazan | 
Infections might, in fact, spark eating disorders in some people. For the study, Lauren Breithaupt, a clinical psychologist at Massachusetts ...
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Anonymous no more: AncestryDNA test reveals identity of woman’s stem cell donor

Sarah Zhang | 
In 2017, Holly Becker took an AncestryDNA test, and the results, she would only later learn, exactly matched those of ...
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‘Utterly magical’: This ‘two-step dance’ may explain the origins of life

Ed Yong | 
Go back far enough in time, before animals and plants and even bacteria existed, and you’d find that the precursor ...

Can we cure baldness with stem cell-based ‘hair farms’?

James Hamblin | 
The physiology of balding has long vexed even the most entrepreneurial of scientists. Despite a rare confluence of commercial forces ...
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10 years ago, the Human Brain Project promised to simulate a human brain. What went wrong?

Ed Yong | 
On July 22, 2009, the neuroscientist Henry Markram walked onstage at the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford, England, and told the ...
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Can’t lose weight? You may be able to blame this ‘cruel’ metabolic mechanism

Amanda Mull | 
In a study of former contestants on a season of the weight-loss reality show The Biggest Loser, scientists found that ...
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Acne’s Wonder Drug Is a Mental-Health Puzzle

Rachel Gutman | 
In 2002, a family filed a lawsuit alleging that an acne drug made their teenage son suicidal. Accutane, a since-discontinued ...
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Why is it so difficult to figure out if coffee, wine, eggs and other foods are good for us or not?

Amanda Mull | 
Do you know whether eggs are good for you? What about coffee, red wine, or chocolate? Most people probably have ...
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Video: Cryogenics could help people ‘cheat death’. But will those bodies ever be thawed?

Josh Koury, Myles Kane | 
Until the day he died, in 2011, Robert Ettinger hoped humanity would figure out a way to cheat death. Today, ...

FDA regulatory dilemma: Are fecal transplants drugs, human tissue, or something new?

Sarah Zhang | 
For the past several years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been trying to figure out how to regulate ...
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Are eggs good or bad for you? Why science can’t make up its mind about our favorite foods

Amanda Mull | 
Do you know whether eggs are good for you? What about coffee, red wine, or chocolate? Most people probably have ...
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Is it time for us to stop obsessing over extending the human life span?

Amanda Mull | 
In 2019, more people than ever before get to see their grandkids grow up. They get to enjoy a lengthy ...
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How consumer genetic testing is ending paternal secrecy—for better or worse

Ashley Fetters | 
When Nara Milanich wrote Paternity: The Elusive Quest for the Father—a history of the scientific, legal, and social conceptions of ...
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Women are more likely to get autoimmune diseases. Is the placenta to blame?

Olga Khazan | 
In the United States alone, women represent 80 percent of all cases of autoimmune disease. ... Some scientists now think ...
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Legalizing pot won’t slow the opioid epidemic, study suggests

Olga Khazan | 
Nearly five years ago, a team of researchers performing a study on medical cannabis came to a startling conclusion: The ...
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Harnessing biological clocks to boost fight against disease, parasites

Veronique Greenwood | 
[Evolutionary parasitologist Sarah] Reece and other scientists are exploring an idea that is making waves in biology: If the body ...