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Tiny, lab-grown brains allow researchers to explore what makes humans different

Researchers are growing human, ape, and monkey brain tissue in the lab in order to understand what makes us different ...
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‘Holy grail of medicine’: Experimental drug promises to stop flu in its tracks—if it works in humans

We might be inching closer to a holy grail of medicine: an incredibly effective flu-killing drug that the virus can’t ...
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‘Unexpected’ marriage practices, slavery, social inequality revealed in analysis of Bronze Age remains

A fascinating new study chronicles the family histories of European Bronze Age households, revealing the presence of surprising marital practices, ...
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Two copies of a gene from only a single parent—This ‘genetic quirk’ may not be as rare as we thought

A supposedly rare genetic quirk might be more common than we think, according to new research out [October 10]. The ...
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Channeling our ‘inner salamander’: Research suggests humans have ability to repair overworked cartilage

Our bodies have retained the capacity to repair injured or overworked cartilage in our joints, says new research published [October 9] in ...
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Would the discovery of life on Mars be ‘world-shaking’?

In a recent interview with the Telegraph, NASA chief scientist Jim Green said it’s possible we’ll soon find evidence of life on ...
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Animals enhanced with human brain cells—and robust levels of consciousness—create new ethical dilemmas

Neuroscientist Isaac Chen from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, along with his colleagues, has written ...
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Evolution in motion: Before birth, human fetuses develop—and then lose—lizard-like body parts

The evolutionary journey of any species is littered with detours and dead-ends. Humans, for instance, have vestigial body parts that ...
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From hominids to animals: Who lived in Siberia’s famous Denisova Cave?

For thousands of years, Siberia’s Denisova Cave was home to various bands of Neanderthals, Denisovans, and modern humans. But as ...
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Something new to worry about: Mosquito-borne brain-infecting EEE virus may be fueled by warming climate

Health officials in several states [have] reported more cases and deaths linked to the Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) virus. The ...
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We haven’t found a Denisovan skull yet. But thanks to genetic analysis, we can predict what their faces looked like

A pinky finger bone, some teeth, and a lower jaw. That’s all the physical evidence we have of the mysterious ...
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Promising immunotherapy drug to treat peanut allergies may be approved although 10% of study subjects had serious side effects

On [September 13], a panel of experts assembled by the Food and Drug Administration voted that the agency should approve a drug ...
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‘Especially deadly’ mosquito-spread virus kills 3 Americans so far this year

Rhode Island health officials reported that a resident had died after contracting the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus. The death marks the ...
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Left-handed? Genes link handedness to language facility but also schizophrenia and anorexia

Despite its ubiquity to the human experience, there are lots of unresolved questions related to handedness, such as how lefty ...
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Thanks to IVF, 73-year-old Indian woman just became the ‘oldest new mother ever documented’

An Indian woman named Erramatti Mangayamma has seemingly made history by becoming the oldest new mother ever documented. Her doctors ...
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First people in the Americas arrived by Pacific pathway, new evidence suggests

Around 14,800 years ago, the Cordilleran Ice Sheet separated from its neighboring Laurentide Ice Sheet, creating an ice-free corridor that ...
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How the brains of different dog breeds have evolved to meet our needs

As humans have gone, so have their canine companions. But a new study shows the subtle ways our long-lasting partnership ...
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Breakthrough could help us understand why some tick bites cause bizarre red meat allergies

Scientists at the University of Virginia have seemingly come closer to unraveling the mystery behind a strange red meat allergy ...
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Have scientists discovered a new pain-processing organ under our skin?

It’s not common that researchers discover what could be an entirely new part of the human body. But a team ...
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‘Rare and unsettling’: Young woman had undeveloped ‘twin’ in her abdomen for 17 years

A young woman in India unknowingly lived with one of the rarest and most unsettling medical conditions for nearly two ...
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Does air pollution contribute to poor attention, memory problems for kids?

Over the past decade or so, in both animals and humans, in the lab and in the real world, scientists ...
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Deep dive into US stem cell clinics gives reason to worry about ‘unsafe or useless treatments’

Medical clinics that provide largely unregulated stem cell treatments are popping up all over the U.S. But a new study ...
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Did God create humans within the last 10,000 years? 40% of Americans still think so, Gallup poll shows

A new Gallup poll shows that 40 percent of American adults comply to a strict view of creationism, in which ...
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Sleep easy: Late-night surfing on your smartphone unlikely to damage your internal clock

People who only occasionally fall down an internet rabbit hole on their smartphones late at night might be able to ...
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Amputees could ‘feel’ again with innovative prosthetic arm

For people who have lost a hand or arm, prosthetics may restore some functioning, but not the sense of touch ...
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‘Do not waste your money’: Most heart-healthy supplements won’t cut your disease risk, study shows

There are lots of things you can do to keep your heart healthy and hopefully live longer. But a new ...
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