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Bizarre deep sea microbe could help explain origins of ‘animals, plants, fungi and humans’

Two billion years ago, simple cells gave rise to far more complex cells. Biologists have struggled for decades to learn ...
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Teenager’s experimental gene therapy treatment could change the lives of millions of sickle cell patients worldwide

Meet Helen Obando, a shy 16-year-old who likes to dance when her body isn’t ravaged by the debilitating symptoms of ...
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EPA rejects New York Times’ allegation that agriculture, chemical industries ‘control’ environmental regulation

The Environmental Protection Agency unloaded [Jan. 14] on the New York Times, accusing the newspaper of “extreme bias” for running ...
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We have the power to wipe out mosquitoes and malaria—but is that a good idea?

Gene drives have yet to be tested outside the lab, and even the most developed project to date — the ...
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Age isn’t the thing that saps our memories: ‘Experiencing new things is the best way to keep the mind young’

Twenty-year-olds don’t think, “Oh dear, this must be early-onset Alzheimer’s.” They think, “I’ve got a lot on my plate right ...
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Does your DNA leave a unique identifying code? Not always, if you get a bone marrow transplant

Three months after his bone marrow transplant, Chris Long of Reno, Nev., learned that the DNA in his blood had ...
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China wants to use DNA to map faces. Is it a technology for ‘hunting people’?

Chinese scientists are trying to find a way to use a DNA sample to create an image of a person’s ...
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Anti-vaccine movement, spurred by internet-based rumors and misinformation

As millions of families face back-to-school medical requirements and forms this month, the contentiousness surrounding vaccines is heating up again, ...
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Scientists reconstruct yet-to-be-found skull of humans’ last common ancestor entirely through computer imaging

[R]esearchers like Dr. [Aurélien] Mounier are using computers and mathematical techniques to reconstruct the appearance of fossils they have yet ...
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NY Times’ Eric Lipton defends anti-biotech, anti-vax Moms Across America, which harasses scientists

Journalists like Eric Lipton need to recognize where the real danger lies ...
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Did evolution lead us down the path to heart disease?

The reason our species finds itself in the ever-constricting clutches of atherosclerosis — the insidious buildup of cholesterol-filled plaques in ...
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Viewpoint: Organic farmer’s New York Times opinion piece perpetuates ‘fantasy’ of small growers feeding the world

Barber’s perspective on GM and patented seeds follow the party line of the organic industry ...
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Viewpoint: Wellness industry obsession with ‘thin’ preserves ‘vicious fallacy’ and hurts women’s health

[Wellness is] a dangerous con that seduces smart women with pseudoscientific claims of increasing energy, reducing inflammation, lowering the risk ...
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Consumer genetic testing and how to protect your DNA data

Consumer DNA testing kits like those from 23andMe, Ancestry.com and MyHeritage promise a road map to your genealogy and, in ...
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Name recognition could be key to an early diagnosis tool for autism

Every pediatrician knows that it’s important to diagnose autism when a child is as young as possible, because when younger ...
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Could we be designing babies from a menu of genetic options in 2045?

The year is 2045. The genomes of four billion humans have been sequenced, creating a huge pool of genetic information ...
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Why a mysterious fungus could herald a dangerous era in drug-resistant infections

A fungus called Candida auris preys on people with weakened immune systems, and it is quietly spreading across the globe ...
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We need a ‘global registry’ of all human gene-editing research, World Health Organization panel says

An influential committee of the World Health Organization said on [March 19] that it would be “irresponsible” to try to ...
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Crime scene investigators couldn’t tell identical twins’ DNA apart. Until now

One night in November 1999, a 26-year-old woman was raped in a parking lot in Grand Rapids, Mich. Police officers ...
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Judge dismisses plant geneticist Kevin Folta’s defamation lawsuit against New York Times

A University of Florida horticulture professor known for his scientific defense of genetically modified foods lost his defamation suit against ...
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Science and religion: Why ‘needless hostility’ could be hampering scientific discovery

I am no apologist for religion. As a psychologist, I believe that the scientific method provides the best tools with ...
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Ancient DNA answering previously ‘unresolvable’ questions about extinct species

The idea that [the answer to ancient questions] might be preserved in [the DNA of] old specimens has been around ...
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Rethinking evolution: Animals’ attraction to beauty may have nothing to do with survival

Numerous species have conspicuous, metabolically costly and physically burdensome sexual ornaments, as biologists call them. Think of the bright elastic ...
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Genetically modified humans? Here’s why they already exist

It felt as if humanity had crossed an important line: In China, a scientist named He Jiankui announced on Monday ...
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What if you think you’re black, but your DNA test disagrees?

Three years ago, when Sigrid E. Johnson was 62, she got a call from a researcher seeking volunteers for a ...
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White supremacists, milk and an ‘inconvenient truth’ about genetics

Nowhere on the agenda of the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, being held in San Diego...is ...
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Patenting the genes of marine life and what it means for medicine

[Marine animal] DNA is included among thousands of patents owned by BASF, which calls itself “the largest chemical producer in the ...
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‘Anger into activism’: One woman’s quest to raise awareness of BRCA mutations in Jewish populations

You don’t have to be Jewish to inherit one of the BRCA gene mutations. But these mutations, which increase the risk ...
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