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Why did sex evolve? It may protect against rare cancers, researchers suggest

In an essay published in the journal PLOS Biology, scientists presented a theory which they say could answer a 50-year ...
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‘It’s not too late’: The quest to reverse autism at any age

[T]he average age of diagnosis for a child with autism is over four years. Because of late diagnoses, many of ...
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Could propensity for drug addiction be linked to an ancient virus in some people’s genes?

Drug addicts are more likely to carry an ancient virus which could affect the production of dopamine than the rest ...
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Most people don’t know if they have cancer-causing BRCA mutation, study says

Most people who carry genes that raise their risk of developing certain forms of cancer are unaware of it, according to ...
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‘Incredibly rare’ extinct Siberian horse to be cloned

Scientists recently extracted an almost perfectly preserved prehistoric baby horse from the permafrost of Siberia’s “Mouth of Hell” crater in Yakutia. At ...
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Olympic genes? China will use genetic tests to help choose its athletes

Chinese athletes aiming to represent their country in the 2022 Winter Olympics will undergo genetic testing as part of the ...
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Why cancer research should focus more on African genomes

In the past, African patients have had poor access to medical advances, even as scientists use them as research subjects ...
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Can we treat autism with CRISPR gene editing?

Scientists have figured how to use a form of the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to erase genetic traits normally associated ...
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‘De-extinction’ could revive vanished Tasmanian tiger—or something close to it

With the stripes of a tiger, the body shape of a dog and the pouch of a kangaroo, the Australian ...
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Walking upright emerged long before modern humans

The question of whether our early ancestors walked fully upright or in a crouched position, like apes, has long been ...
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Direct-to-consumer genetic test results 40 percent wrong in small study

At-home DNA tests are “not intended for medical use,” meaning that the data they give you shouldn’t be used as ...