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Kissing cousins: Understanding the genetic risks and benefits when close relatives marry

Endogamy––the marriage of relatives––is a controversial cultural practice. It can play surprising roles in health and disease ...
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Fighting antibiotic ‘superbugs’—DNA sequencing helps in the battle

The successful effort to contain an outbreak of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) at a UK hospital demonstrates the ...
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Genetics brought to bear in fight against modern cholera outbreaks

Although cholera is a disease that is thought of as mostly extinct, it still persists today in underdeveloped areas. The ...
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Do GMOs, pesticides cause cancer? The Amish would say ‘no’

Amish farmers may not get cancer as much, but it's not because they don't use pesticides or GMOs. In fact, ...
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Podcast: Can the food we eat change our RNA and the way genes work?

Molecular biologist Ken Witwer: Can the food we eat change our RNA and the way our genes work? ...
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Are your food choices killing you?

Scientists, the media and policymakers often make glib connections between certain foods, nutrition and disease. The links are a lot ...
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Born killer or normal mind? Genes, brain scans and mental health

What's a normal mind? Do brain scans provide any insight? The answer is stranger than you think ...
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4 human genetics organizations that put ideology ahead of science

There are legitimate concerns about the rapid pace of genetics research. But some of the most well known groups seen ...
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Synthetic biologists developing cells programmed to target, destroy cancer

Synthetic biology might be ready to graduate from cells engineered to perform only one task to multiple cells in a ...
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Do GMO mosquitoes designed to eradicate Zika pose unique environmental risks?

Could we live without mosquitos? Maybe, but something else might take their place ...
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Amish use GMOs, pesticides yet cancer rates remain very low

Amish farmers may not get cancer as much, but it's not because they don't use pesticides or GMOs. In fact, ...
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Testing babies for genetic diseases: Are we ready for next generation screens?

New-generation sequencing may deliver faster answers for newborn screening, but what if they're not the right answers? ...
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‘Bad genes’ may not mean you’ll get a disease

Today, personalized medicine hinges on genetic information on risks of disease. Unfortunately, having a disease-associated mutation may bear little to ...
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Gene therapy is doing all that we’d hoped for* *(so far)

New gene therapies are showing evidence of advancing our treatment of genetic diseases. Scientists are 5 years along the 15 ...
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Endocrine disruption and fat-causing “obesogen” theories crumbling as research rolls in

The theory that certain industrial chemicals disrupt our endocrine system and contribute to obesity gained traction in some rat studies ...
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As Chipotle struggles with poisoning crisis, it’s under fire for GMO and sustainability claims

Chipotle has made than a food poisoning crisis--it's also yet to face up to its deceptive marketing around its use ...
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The high-risk world of rare genetic diseases

judging from headlines, rare diseases seem like afflictions of the wealthy. But they are widespread and attention is finally drawing ...
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Will sugar, sweetener, salt, cholesterol, fat, HFCS, (fill in blank) kill you?

Scientists, the media and policymakers often make glib connections between certain foods, nutrition and disease. The links are a lot ...
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Can aging be treated with drugs?

Geneticists have found several genes that seem to affect longevity. Are we on the verge of finding "treatments" for aging? ...
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Asthma and Atopic March Syndrome caused by GMOs? Science says ‘No’

Anti-GMO activists have lumped together a lot of allergic reactions into a syndrome caused by GMOs. Asthma shows how wrong ...
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