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9 questions about biohacking and the quest to upgrade the human body

Sigal Samuel | 
As biohacking starts to appear more often in headlines, it’s worth getting clear on some of the fundamentals. Here are ...
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Viewpoint: Fake autism treatments driven by fear and ignorance

Sarah Kurchak | 
NBC News recently published an exposé on the dangerous and all-too-common practice of orally and anally administering bleach-based treatments to ...
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‘Third way’ agriculture: How technology, good judgement can save our food supply from climate change

Amanda Little, Sean Illing | 
Imagine waking up in a world that has become so hot and so crowded that most of what you eat ...
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Sperm counts are falling. Here are 5 ways to boost male fertility

Julia Belluz | 
The concentration of sperm in semen, also known as sperm count, has halved in the West since the 1970s. The ...
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How much did the Chinese government know about controversial CRISPR babies research?

Julia Belluz | 
When scientist He Jiankui announced he’d conducted an experiment that led to the birth of twin girls with CRISPR-edited genomes in November, ...
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While Americans are ambivalent about plant-based ‘clean meat’ protein alternatives, Chinese and Indians are enthusiastic

Kelsey Piper | 
Would you eat a burger grown from animal cells rather than a whole cow? What about a plant-based burger, once ...
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DNA ancestry tests are not ‘crystal balls’—they’re approximations

Brian Resnick | 
Identical twins have virtually identical DNA. So you’d think if a set of twins both sent in a DNA sample ...
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Fasting diets are soaring in popularity. Are they backed by science?

Julia Belluz | 
Over the past couple of decades, as dozens of diets and weight management schemes have come in and out of ...
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Will we see illegal CRISPR IVF clinics in the US? Experts weigh in

Julia Belluz | 
The possibility of “CRISPR babies” became real [November 25], when a Chinese scientist stunned the world by announcing he’d used the gene-editing ...
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Viewpoint: What ‘New Atheists’ get wrong about science and religion

John Gray, Sean Illing | 
New Atheism is a literary movement that sprung up in 2004, led by prominent authors like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, ...
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Reading genes: How much of your future do they reveal?

Brian Resnick | 
The journal Nature Genetics recently published an enormous study demonstrating yet again how multiple sites on the genome can play a role ...
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What is CRISPR? And why should you care?

If you haven’t heard of CRISPR yet, the short explanation goes like this: In the past six years, scientists have ...
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Viewpoint: CRISPR crops have a chance to avoid the trust issues that plague GMOs

Tamar Haspel | 
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on [July 18th] released a report on how to address the most pressing problems of American ...
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Video: How gene drives could use ‘selfish’ genes to eradicate malaria

The invention of the CRISPR gene editing tool has injected new life into a line of research called gene drive ...
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Genetically modified mosquitos could eliminate malaria, if we’re willing to take risk

Dylan Matthews | 
[Kevin] Esvelt is a biologist at MIT and the first person to formulate a technology known as a CRISPR gene ...
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Male birth control? Here are 3 methods headed our way

Julia Belluz | 
While a pill for men certainly isn’t coming to the pharmacy anytime soon, unfortunately, there is reason for (muted) hope ...
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Harvard geneticist David Reich NY Times’ op-ed ignites debate over whether ‘races’ exist

Ezra Klein | 
On Monday morning, I woke up to a tweet from Sam Harris, the bestselling author and popular podcast host, referencing ...
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Safer CRISPR? Cas13 version edits RNA, not DNA

Julia Belluz, Umair Irfan | 
CRISPR, while a major leap forward in gene editing, can still be a blunt instrument. There have been problems with ...
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Biodiversity crisis? Humans may actually be creating more species than we’re killing

Chris Thomas, Ferris Jabr | 
Chris Thomas … a professor of conservation biology at the University of York in the UK … does not deny that ...
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9 reasons why IQ really matters

Brian Resnick | 
IQ is often dismissed as antiquated, misguided, or less important than personality traits. But according to Stuart Ritchie, an intelligence researcher ...
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Perfect apple: Replicating Honeycrisp success to create new, tastier varieties

Alex Abad-Santos | 
The Honeycrisp is a millennial apple born in the 1990s, after years of careful planning. It’s also considered the first ...
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Linking genes to IQ could lead to treatment for Alzheimer’s, neurodegenerative diseases

Brian Resnick | 
[Recently], researchers announced [that] they’d found 40 genes that play a role in shaping human intelligence, bringing the total number of ...
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Vaccines do not cause autism. Here’s what science says does

Julia Belluz | 
It doesn’t help that doctors have long struggled to explain what exactly causes autism if vaccines don’t — many medical ...
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Did Bill Nye err when discussing Monsanto, GMOs in new Netflix series?

Aja Romano | 
Bill Nye comes out swinging in the first season of Bill Nye Saves the World, his new Netflix series. ...
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Cancer scientists fail to replicate key study results – for good reasons

Julia Belluz | 
The general principle [of replicating studies] is that if the results repeat, then the original results were correct and reliable ...
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Did humans and Neanderthals make a love connection?

Brian Resnick | 
Neanderthal genomes recently sequenced by scientists have revealed that we humans mated with Neanderthals over thousands of years...Just about every ...
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7 ways CRISPR gene editing could transform our lives

Brad Plumer, Eliza Barclay | 
[W]e asked a variety of scientists what they think are realistically the most exciting ways that scientists might one day ...
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Guide to CRISPR gene editing revolution

Brad Plumer, Janvier Zarracina | 
In 2016 alone, researchers have shown CRISPR can do some truly astounding things, like create mushrooms that don’t brown easily ...
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