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Can we learn about ourselves by studying chimpanzees? Not really.

Trying to go back to our animal roots sounds good in theory, but we can't truly find out what it ...
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‘Morally permissible’: Genetically altered babies get nod from UK ethics panel

The creation of babies whose DNA has been altered to give them what parents perceive to be the best chances ...
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Challenging the story of our origin: Human traits had ‘patchwork emergence’ across Africa

The origins of our species have long been traced to east Africa, where the world’s oldest undisputed Homo sapiens fossils were discovered ...
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What differentiates humans from chimps: Differing DNA or different expression of similar genes

Scientists have found genetic changes that make brains bigger and may help explain why we are so different from chimpanzees ...
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Can the microbiome join DNA and fingerprints in the CSI toolkit?

Some scientists argue that our individual microbiomes are unique enough that they can be used to help identify the perpetrators ...
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Next job for the microbiome: Tagging criminals

The microbiome may have a new application; solving crimes. Unless it doesn't work ...
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Gut microbiome’s role in brain, neurological disorders still unsettled, for now

Does the microbiome have any effect on the brain? Possibly, but we're not ready for probiotics for your brain just ...
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Brain confusion: Why it’s so difficult to find cures for mental disorders

Many mental illnesses still defy treatment. The problem may be that we do not "know" how the brain functions very ...