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Biotechnology timeline: Humans have manipulated genes since the ‘dawn of civilization’

The history of biotechnology shows how humans have been manipulating nature for our benefit for a long time—and how modern ...
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Podcast: Rebel Cell: Cancer, evolution and the science of life

Geneticist Dr Kat Arney brings you exclusive excerpts from her new book Rebel Cell, exploring where cancer came from, where ...
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Podcast: Doctors have to think about sex; AI text generators spread ‘fake news’? Coffee can indeed make you poop

An ER physician says doctors have to consider biological sex to properly care for their patients. Coffee can send some ...
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Why sex matters in medicine

The last time I saw Maria-Rosa, she was on a stretcher, surrounded by frantic nurses and interns who were trying, ...
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How the ‘seductive myth of nature’s goodness’ infiltrated our thinking about food, medicine and even makeup

“Humankind is poised to make monumental decisions,” Alan Levinovitz warns, “about the meaning and importance of natural goodness.” ... His ...
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Next-generation GMO crops poised to make major contributions to sustainable farming and medicine

Transgenic crops have been planted in different countries for over twenty years, starting from 1996. About 191.7  million hectares were planted ...
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Viewpoint: Embracing biosimilars will drive down prices, increase access to drugs

The biosimilar category holds incredible promise, and the market for these products is on an upward trajectory. But it’s been ...
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Fungi ‘junk genes’ could yield new drugs, biopesticides, study shows

Bio-Protection Research Centre scientists and collaborators have made a discovery that potentially opens the door to new medicines and biological ...
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AI ethics can’t come from human medicine: Principles that guide doctors would ‘make no sense’ to a machine

The four core principles of medical ethics are respect for autonomy (patients should have control over how they are treated), ...
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Viewpoint: Doctors will never be replaced by intelligent machines, which lack ’empathy, common sense’

Is there a place for artificial intelligence (AI) in the field of medicine? Will doctors one day be replaced by ...
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Natural plant enzyme could aid efforts to produce medicine in crops

Plants can do many amazing things. Among their talents, they can manufacture compounds that help them repel pests, attract pollinators, ...
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Biohacker Josiah Zayner meets with California regulators investigating him: ‘It was surreal’

A few weeks ago, the prominent biohacker Josiah Zayner took to Instagram to break some news: He had received a ...
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Viewpoint: Bernie Sanders’ views on alternative medicine and GMOs highlight troubling embrace of pseudoscience

At 76 years old many assumed that 2016 would be the last time Bernie Sanders would run for office. The ...
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Diagnostics, drug discovery, disease: How CRISPR is solving medicine’s biggest problems

This is the public face of genome editing or, as it is sometimes called, gene editing: a technology capable of ...
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Searching through diets, medications and supplements for the Holy Grail of weight loss. Hint: There is no panacea

A quick review of some of the most effective and ineffective approaches to weight loss ...
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500,000-genome-strong UK Biobank offers ‘wisdom from crowds’

Precision medicine aims to improve treatments for individuals, but to do so it needs information from crowds. Only by tracking ...
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Seeking medicine from the plants of Uganda

Researchers have long looked to the plants of our world to solve many of the medical problems we face. But ...
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Crippling costs blunt potential of drugs harvested from living cells

Biologics are drugs grown in living cells, rather than produced through chemical reactions. They can be incredibly effective, but are ...
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What genetics reveals about traditional Chinese medicine

Can Chinese medicine impact the human genome, and deliver on its promises? A variety of individual responses to these therapies ...
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Why Americans respond to drug placebos more than any other nationality

Remarkably the placebo effect--a fake treatment in which a person taking an inactive substance like sugar, water or saline solution ...
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Genetics may open door to new treatments of mental disorders

Mental disorders are notoriously hard to treat. We now know that many psychological diseases are rooted in our DNA. That's ...