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Video: Even if you’ve never taken a DNA test ‘your genetic privacy might already be compromised’

Rachel Becker, William Poor | 
The rise of direct-to-consumer DNA tests comes with a host of thorny problems, including how to interpret the data and major questions about genetic privacy ...
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Why it’s probably not the stress that’s shrinking your brain

Rachel Becker | 
A new study shows that people with higher levels of the “stress hormone” tend to have smaller brains — but ...
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Deep learning: When artificial and human intelligence come together

Angela Chen, Terrence Sejnkowski | 
[Computational neuroscientist Terrence] Sejnowski, a pioneer in the study of learning algorithms, is the author of The Deep Learning Revolution (out next ...
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Are we close to gene therapy in the womb?

Angela Chen, Arthur Caplan | 
[Recently] scientists reported that they were able to treat a serious genetic disorder in the womb — in mice. It sounds like ...
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Lab-grown meat debate stirs ethical questions about the future of food and synthetic biology

Angela Chen | 
More than a century ago, dairy farmers sounded the alarm on margarine, insisting that it wasn’t really butter, and it therefore ...
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Delving into the real danger of artificial intelligence

Casey Newton, Maran Nelson | 
CEOs of artificial intelligence companies usually seek to minimize the threats posed by AI, rather than play them up. But ...
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Why would hackers want your DNA?

Angela Chen | 
DNA testing service MyHeritage [recently] revealed that hackers had breached 92 million of its accounts. Though the hackers only accessed encrypted ...
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Viewpoint: Doctors need better training if DNA sequencing becomes standard care

Angela Chen | 
[Recently] the CEO of Pennsylvania health care provider Geisinger announced that its doctors will now offer patients DNA sequencing “as part of ...
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Can CRISPR tell what ails you? ‘Affordable’ at-home kits may be on the way

Alessandra Potenza | 
A new biotech company co-founded by CRISPR pioneer Jennifer Doudna is developing a device that uses CRISPR to detect all kinds of ...
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Tearing down the ‘myth’ of dopamine as the ‘pleasure chemical’

Angela Chen | 
Dopamine is one of the most hyped brain chemicals, supposedly linked to everything from sex to gambling. It’s common to read, as Business Insider claimed ...
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CRISPR shows promise in treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Alessandra Potenza | 
Scientists have successfully tweaked the DNA in human heart cells to correct mutations that cause a deadly disease. If the ...
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450-year-old mummy found with oldest evidence of hepatitis B infection

Rachel Becker | 
Once, this boy mummy was thought to have died of smallpox, but a new analysis of his now 450-year-old DNA ...
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Women’s reproductive organs abound with microorganisms—studying them helping in disease research

Alessandra Potenza | 
Women's reproductive organs are home to plenty of microorganisms, and identifying them may help us improve women's health. Scientists have ...
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Being forgetful can actually help your brain make better decisions

Angela Chen | 
Most of us think “perfect” memory means never forgetting, but maybe forgetting actually helps us navigate a world that is ...
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Fetal lambs grown in artificial womb — are humans next?

Rachel Becker | 
[A] new study [has taken] the first step toward an artificial womb [by developing eight fetal lambs in what looks ...
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Fighting infections: Using probiotic ‘good’ bacteria could slow resistance to antibiotics

Alessandra Potenza | 
As scientists continue their exploration of the thousands of organisms that live inside our body, a new study is showing ...
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Questions abound on synthetic biology: Is it creating ‘new life’ or just part of biotechnology’s toolkit?

Angela Chen, Sophia Roosth | 
[Editor's note: Sophia Roosth, a historian of science at Harvard University, talks about her new book on synthetic biology: Synthetic: How ...
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How does space change your genetics? Astronaut twins Scott and Mark Kelly explain

Loren Grush, Mark Kelly, Scott Kelly | 
[Editor's note: Astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly -- the only twins who have traveled in space -- offer observations on ...
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Fighting brain cancer with weaponized human skin cells?

Rachel Becker | 
Human skin can be morphed into genetically modified, cancer-killing brain stem cells, according to a new study. This latest advance ...
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Modern East Asians, unlike Europeans, very genetically similar to their ancestors

Angela Chen | 
For the first time, scientists have been able to extract DNA from ancient East Asian bones and compare it to ...
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Too tall or too short? There could be 83 genetic reasons for it

Loren Grush | 
Researchers have pinpointed 83 rare genetic variants that may directly affect a person’s height. These variants...don’t occur very often, but ...
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Transplant breakthrough? Organs of one species grown inside an animal of another

Alessandra Potenza | 
It’s possible to grow organs of one species inside an animal of another species and then transplant that organ to ...
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GMO cows might save your life

Alessandra Potenza | 
They look like normal black-and-white Holstein cows, a common sight in Western Iowa. But these cows are special: used not ...
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Cure for sickle cell anemia within reach thanks to gene editing

Angela Chen | 
A new treatment for the blood disease sickle cell anemia is possible now that scientists have figured out how to ...

Could scientists patent blueprint for human genome?

Arielle Duhaime-Ross | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. In May 2016, scientists announced ...
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Modern dogs evolved from two distinct groups in Europe and Asia

Adi Robertson | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Humans have a tighter ...

Chinese researchers produce genetically modified human embryos for second time

James Vincent | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Scientists in China have reported ...

Can probiotic seed coatings for plants increase crop yields?

Ben Popper | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. A startup launched [in ...