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Grapevines that spent a year in space may help researchers breed crops better suited for climate change

Grapevines that spent a year in space may help researchers breed crops better suited for climate change

Akshita Jain | 
Researchers in France are studying a dozen bottles of French wine and hundreds of snippets of grapevines that returned to ...
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Heated copper mesh face masks that kill viruses may soon be available

Louise Hall | 
Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have submitted a patent for a prototype mask with a heated copper mesh, a news ...
Skull of two-million-year old human cousin found in South Africa illustrates how ancient species adapted to new challenges

Skull of two-million-year old human cousin found in South Africa illustrates how ancient species adapted to new challenges

Joe Middleton | 
Academics from La Trobe University’s Archaeology Department in Melbourne, Australia led the excavation and reconstruction of the large-toothed rare skull from the Drimolen ...
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Stream music directly to your brain? Elon Musk’s new Neuralink gadget

Anthony Cuthbertson | 
[Elon] Musk confirmed that Neuralink’s technology would allow people to “listen to music directly from our chips.” He also said ...
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Mysterious Brazilian virus made largely of genes never seen illustrates ‘how much we still need to understand’ about microorganisms

Harry Cockburn | 
Viruses are some of the world’s smallest life-forms – and the jury is still out as to whether they actually ...

‘Bee safe’ pesticides that replaced neonicotinoids may harm pollinators, activist-funded study finds

Josh Gabbatiss | 
New pesticides regarded as “bee safe” could actually be causing harm to these vital pollinators when combined with other chemicals ...
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Far from ape-like: Neanderthals walked upright, just like us

Josh Gabbatiss | 
Neanderthals walked with an upright posture just like modern humans, according to a new analysis. Over the years, reconstructions of ancient ...

Federal regulators ask biotech experts if GMO trees should be deployed to save ‘dying’ US forests

Josh Gabbatiss | 
Plans are under way to plant swathes of genetically engineered trees across the ailing forests of North America in a bid to save them ...

Using AI to predict evolution of cancer tumors could lead to stronger treatments

Jennifer Cockerell | 
Scientists have used artificial intelligence to predict how cancers will progress and evolve, which could help doctors design the most effective treatment for each ...

Ancient human species with orange-sized brain could have possessed modern human intelligence

Josh Gabbatiss | 
An ancient species of human with a brain no larger than an orange may have possessed intelligence to rival that ...
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Ancient art may have been created by people with autistic traits, study suggests

David Keys | 
Much of the world’s earliest great art is likely to have been created by gifted early humans on the autism ...

Leukemia defense: Y-chromosome offers ‘extra layer of protection’

Alex Matthews-King | 
Scientists have discovered the first example of a gene that is only found in one sex and provides protection against ...
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Estonia launches genetic-testing program for 8% of its population

Chris Baynes | 
The Estonian government is to collect the DNA of 100,000 citizens to provide them with personalised health and lifestyle advice ...
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Double mastectomy improves prospects for patients with BRCA1 mutation but not BRCA2, study finds

Alex Matthews-King | 
Women with a mutant gene that increases their risk of breast cancer can increase their life expectancy with a radical ...
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Immunotherapy mystery: Drugs treat ovarian cancer ‘when they should not have’

Gina Kolata | 
[Four women with rare ovarian cancer], strangers to one another living in different countries, asked their doctors to try new ...
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Lab-grown human eggs may offer hope for the infertile

Alex Matthews-King | 
In a landmark development, scientists have been able to replicate the process where egg cells mature in the ovaries outside ...
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CRISPR could be the answer to genetic engineering’s prayers

Antoine Danchin | 
Since its introduction four decades ago, genetic engineering has been a source of high hopes for health, agriculture, and industry ...
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How living GMO algae could electrify rural Africa

Josh Gabbatiss | 
Fuel cells powered by living algae that are five times more efficient than current models, have been designed by scientists ...
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Why are children picky eaters? Genetics may play key role

Sabrina Barr | 
Children who are picky eaters may have their genetics to blame, a study claims. Researchers from the University of Illinois in ...

How our autistic ancestors helped shape human evolution

Penny Spikins | 
[W]hen we talk about the autism spectrum – we are all “a bit autistic” – and we all fit somewhere ...
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New rice variety that grows in salty water could feed millions in China

Ben Kentish | 
Scientists in China have developed several types of rice that can be grown in seawater, potentially creating enough food for ...
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Breast cancer linked to 65 newly-found genetic variants

Andrew Griffin | 
Women who have a strong family history of breast cancer have double the chance of developing it themselves. But the ...
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Alzheimer’s memory loss may be reversible, after all

Olivia Petter | 
Symptoms of Alzheimer’s affecting patient’s memories could be reversed, new research from MIT indicates. It might be possible to break down the ...

Man’s best friend: Evolutionary history of dogs could shed light on cancer, epilepsy in both species

Ian Johnston | 
An evolutionary tree of more than 161 dog breeds has been mapped out by geneticists, showing which types are closely ...
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Unreliable science? Scores of mice studies may be tainted because of standard handling practice

Ian Johnston | 
Scores of scientific studies based on mice are being called into question because their behaviour is affected by the way ...
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Evolutionary tradeoffs: Genes linked to autism may persist because they make us smarter

John von Radowitz | 
Autism genes may have been conserved during human evolution because they make us smarter, say scientists. More inherited genetic variants ...
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Tired of overeating? ‘Fullness’ gene could lead to appetite-supressing drug

Katie Forster | 
Scientists claim to have discovered a gene that triggers a feeling of fullness and could help prevent the urge to ...

Want a better workout? Company says DNA profiling could help, but scientists skeptical

Kashmira Gander | 
[Genetic information] is being harnessed to help both athletes and the average Joe achieve their fitness potentials. ... [H]ealth firm ...
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