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Metformin: First pill that purportedly treats age-related illnesses in review for approval for trials

In recent decades, we've come leaps and bounds in treating and preventing some of the world's leading age-related diseases, such as ...
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What are ‘supergenes’ and how do they impact evolution

Biologists identified 37… so-called 'supergenes' in wild sunflower populations, and found they govern the modular transfer of a large range ...
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Ancient African savanna was like a ‘chess board’, broadening the minds of early humans as they hunted for prey

Northwestern University researchers recently discovered that complex landscapes—dotted with trees, bushes, boulders and knolls—might have helped land-dwelling animals evolve higher ...
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‘Speech-like signature’: Chimpanzees’ lip-smacks rhythm may offer clues about how we learned to talk

The evolution of speech is one of the longest-standing puzzles of evolution. However, inklings of a possible solution started emerging ...
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Tracking down the evolution of an essential human skill: self-control

Human self-control evolved in our early ancestors, becoming particularly evident around 500,000 years ago when they developed the skills to ...
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Combining acoustic waves and CRISPR to create gene therapies for cancer and genetic disorders

A UCLA-led research team [April 28] reports that it has developed a new method for delivering DNA into stem cells ...
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Infographic: Tracking coronavirus strains with genetic ‘barcodes’

Drexel University researchers have reported a method to quickly identify and label mutated versions of the virus that causes COVID-19 ...
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Bronze age gender inequality? Analysis of 2,500-year-old teeth shows different diets for boys and girls

Analysing 2500-year-old teeth has thrown open a window onto life and gender inequality during Bronze Age China. The University of ...
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Artificial life forms—’with no mother or father’—could change the way we develop vaccines

Every living creature on Earth has parents, grandparents, great-grandparents and so on—representing an unbroken line of ancestry all the way ...
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Why it’s unlikely that humans gained the ability to speak through a single gene mutation

One of the most controversial hypotheses for the origin of the human language faculty is the evolutionary conjecture that language ...
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‘It seems so obvious’: How parasites influenced the evolution of human brains

It seems so obvious that someone should have thought of it decades ago: Since parasites have plagued eukaryotic life for ...
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DNA ‘hot spots’ may explain why we are different from one another

What makes one person different from one another, and how did these differences evolve? A study by University at Buffalo ...
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‘Ancient genes’ could point to our last universal common ancestor

Around 4 billion years ago there lived a microbe called LUCA: the Last Universal Common Ancestor. ... If we trace ...
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Can success in life be predicted by our genes?

A team of researchers from the U.S., the U.K. and New Zealand has found genetic variants that appear to confer ...
For all types of life, genetic diversity is ‘about the same’

For all types of life, genetic diversity is ‘about the same’

Who would have suspected that a handheld genetic test used to unmask sushi bars pawning off tilapia for tuna could ...