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11-7-2018 tests-2-12-18

Viewpoint: Why ancestry tests shouldn’t be ‘read as a certainty’

Debra Bruno | 
Yes, I’m the kind of person who would take a DNA test with Ancestry and then, curious about whether I’d ...
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Ancient spearheads raise new questions about North America’s first inhabitants

Sarah Kaplan | 
[A]rchaeologists have uncovered evidence of a human settlement stretching back as far as 15,500 years: hammer stones and broken knives, ...
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Calls for a halt to heart stem cell trial based on controversial research

Carolyn Johnson | 
Days after Harvard Medical School said it found extensive falsified or fabricated data from the laboratory of a prominent heart researcher, ...
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‘Hugely influential’ papers on cardiac stem cells declared ‘fraudulent’ by Harvard

Carolyn Johnson | 
An internal investigation by Harvard Medical School has determined that 31 scientific publications from the laboratory of a high-profile cardiologist ...
Pentagon DARPA program targeting crop losses could turn insects into ‘easily weaponized’ biological army, critics claim

Pentagon DARPA program targeting crop losses could turn insects into ‘easily weaponized’ biological army, critics claim

Joel Achenbach | 
The Pentagon is studying whether insects can be enlisted to combat crop loss during agricultural emergencies. The bugs would carry ...
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Can’t remember what happened last night? How alcohol creates blackouts

Carolyn Johnson, Joel Achenbach | 
The allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh have a common element of binge drinking, and highlight the ...
Pioneering cancer immunotherapy researchers awarded Nobel Prize in medicine

Pioneering cancer immunotherapy researchers awarded Nobel Prize in medicine

Lenny Bernstein, Laurie McGinley | 
The Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine was awarded Monday [Oct. 1, 2018] to cancer researchers James P. Allison and ...
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Fighting the next pandemic with injection-free ‘vaccine patches’

Carolyn Johnson | 
When the next dead­ly pan­dem­ic flu hits, the first chal­lenge will be to de­vel­op a vac­cine. But loom­ing behind that ob­sta­cle is ...
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Human eggs from blood cells? New technique could ‘transform reproduction’

Carolyn Johnson | 
Scientists in Japan made progress recently in the quest to combat infertility, creating the precursor to a human egg cell in a ...
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1 in 10 children diagnosed with ADHD: Why so many?

Rachel Buth | 
The number of children diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyper­activity disorder (ADHD) has reached more than 10 percent, a significant increase during the past 20 ...
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Are some people just ‘jerks’? New study identifies four major personality types

Ben Guarino | 
Personality type tests are hugely popular, though if you ask working psychologists, they’ll tell you the results are little better ...
Success of alternative meat sparks regulatory battle over 'future of American food'

Success of alternative meat sparks regulatory battle over ‘future of American food’

Jan Dutkiewicz | 
On Aug. 28, a law went into effect in Missouri that makes it a crime to use the term “meat” to describe ...
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Why some researchers have urged caution with CRISPR gene editing

Jianhua Luo | 
Despite all the excitement surrounding CRISPR editing, researchers have urged caution about moving too fast. Two recent studies have raised ...
8-30-2018 replication-4

Social science ‘reproducibility crisis’: Only 13 of 21 prestigious studies replicable

Joel Achenbach | 
The “reproducibility crisis” in [social] science is erupting again. A research project attempted to replicate 21 social science experiments published between 2010 and ...
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Cooperation in a time of chaos: Ancient Kenyan burial ground shows evidence of ‘social unity’

Sarah Kaplan | 
For millions of years, the Turkana Basin in northern Kenya has been a cradle of humanity. … Around 5,000 years ago, the ...
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Robot peer pressure and why we may need to fear ‘artificial stupidity’

Carolyn Johnson | 
When the robot revolution arrives, we all know the plot: Smarter machines will supersede human intelligence and outwit us, enslave ...
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‘Very reassuring’: Vaccinating pregnant women does not increase risk of autism in children

Lindsey Bever | 
New research has shown that a common childhood vaccination given to pregnant women does not put their children at any increased ...
8-9-2018 silver_fox_cub

Tamed foxes could help unravel complex genetics behind social behavior

Carolyn Johnson | 
[D]omestication, based purely on behavioral traits, can result in other changes — like curlier tails and changes to fur color ...
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Reasons to be wary of the ‘untamed wilderness’ of dog DNA tests

Kim Kavin | 
The claims that dog DNA-testing companies make can seem all but definitive: One quick cheek swab can not only tell ...
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Fighting cancer with help from the body’s internal clock

Elie Dolgin | 
Chi Van Dang generally declines to discuss the science that made him famous. ... Instead of doing so, Dang [a ...
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Elephants rarely get cancer. Can humans borrow their genetic strategies?

David Kohn | 
Elephants have 100 times as many cells as humans. But they seldom get cancer. This is surprising, because cancer is ...
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Privacy pledge: Consumer genetic-testing firms agree to new rules

Tony Romm, Drew Harwell | 
Ancestry, 23andMe and other popular companies that offer genetic testing pledged on Tuesday [July 31] to be upfront when they ...
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Transgender men experience masculinity differently

Tara Bahrampour | 
We spoke with ... men who transitioned as adults to the bodies in which they feel more comfortable. ... [T]heir ...
7-22-2018 fet

Frozen embryos: Who owns them and do they have legal rights?

Ariana Cha | 
With the number of frozen embryos in the United States soaring into the millions, disputes over who owns them are ...
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Expensive tastes? Testosterone linked to quest for status symbols

Melissa Healy | 
Whether it’s in his choice of top-shelf alcohol at the club, the watch on his wrist or the clothes he ...
7-16-2018 cells_16x9

Turning white blood cells into ‘living cancer drugs’ with electric shocks

Ben Guarino | 
A promising new class of cancer treatments recruits the cells in our blood to fight tumors, using powerful gene-editing tools ...
Could genetically modified polio virus treat brain tumors?

Could genetically modified polio virus treat brain tumors?

Laurie McGinley | 
A genetically modified polio virus improved the longer-term survival of patients with a lethal type of brain tumor, according to ...
6-7-2018 sex-robot-1

Challenging the claim that a sex robot is the ‘perfect companion’

Ben Guarino | 
Sex doll maker Realbotix, in its marketing materials, bills [sex doll] Harmony as “the perfect companion.” But healthy companionship is too ...