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How Freddie Mercury got his voice: It wasn’t his teeth

Was Freddie Mercury's magnificent voice aided by a genetic defect? ...
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Key to fecal transplants could revolve around ‘recipe and preparation’

Fecal transplants are slowly becoming a more effective, and more palatable option for various gut disorders, such as IBS or ...
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Why a proposed DNA data protection plan is a great idea that may be too late to help

Legal experts, biologists and policy analysists are calling for DNA data regulation, but the cat is already out of the ...
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Finding echoes of cancer journey in Netflix’s Black Mirror: Bandersnatch

The 'choose your own path' nature of Bandersnatch echoes a journey with breast cancer ...
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Genetics pioneer James Watson stripped of final honorary titles over race views

It's the latest chapter of the dark side of Dr. Watson ...
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Hiding in plain sight: Exploring Parkinson’s link to the appendix

Lurking in the layers of the human appendix lie deposits of alpha-synuclein, a protein prone to gumminess, like sticky rice ...
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Genes and giraffes: What do those spots tell us?

Giraffes' spotty exterior provides more than camouflage ...
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Not-so-mad scientists and why they’re making human body parts

Halloween brings a cornucopia of candy body parts, so it’s a good time to review recent advances in organoid technology ...
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Why we may need a ‘Noah’s Ark’ of microbes to protect our health in the future

Preserving human microbiomes today, especially the more diverse ones from traditional peoples in developing nations, may provide treatments for diseases ...
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Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing quickly decimated two caged populations of malaria-bearing mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae) in a recent study, introducing a new ...
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‘Voluntary euthanasia’: Are we ready to harvest organs while donors are still alive?

In the dystopian society of Nobel prizewinner Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, cloned people are raised to provide organs for ...
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Food myth busting: Is tilapia a toxic ‘frankenfish’?

Posts were appearing on my Facebook feed warning against the dangers of eating tilapia. So I decided to do a ...
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Gene silencing through RNA interference scores first drug approval

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first drug based on RNA interference (RNAi). Unlike media darlings gene therapy ...
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Were there two routes into North America? Genetics meets archaeology

Popular accounts of the peopling of North America paint a picture of a lone long-ago trek across the Bering Land ...
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DNA testing to reunite separated families—what we learned from the grandmothers of Argentina

The idea to use DNA testing to reunite families separated at US borders due to the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” ...
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Alternate facts: Why are we still telling women that abortion causes breast cancer?

On June 26th, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of crisis pregnancy centers that were challenging a California law, the Reproductive ...
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Battling constipation with synthetic biology and DNA manipulation

Ateam of researchers has cleverly combined synthetic biology, recombinant DNA technology and microbiome manipulation to fashion a novel targeted treatment ...
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Can the Egyptian fruit bat’s unusual genome show us how to fight deadly Marburg virus?

The Egyptian fruit bat's immune system enables it to peacefully co-exist with Marburg virus, which can cause a swiftly deadly ...
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New forensic tool: Using DNA to predict hair, eye and skin color

On May 14, a man walking along the shore on Gabriola Island in British Columbia came upon a washed-up human ...
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Making sense of crowdfunding for unapproved stem cell treatments

When FDA approval for a technology or treatment lags behind demand, crowdfunding steps in. Desperate patients or their families launch ...
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Genetic privacy and the case of the Golden State Killer—diving into the science

Consumer DNA testing companies are rushing to reassure customers about the security of their genetic information following news that DNA ...
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Protein therapy in the womb overrides genetic glitch hampering teeth development, ability to sweat

Imagine a fetus gulping in amniotic fluid and drinking a drug that restores the ability to form teeth, sweat glands ...
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Tale of two families: Exome sequencing and faster diagnosis of rare disorders

Sailing from New York City to London a century ago took days; today the trip takes hours by air. Similarly, ...
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Viewpoint: Rampage movie offers twisted take on CRISPR gene editing

Is a film based on a video game with fleeting mentions of a biotech buzzword compelling sci-fi? No. But I ...
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Examining the curious genes behind ‘magic mushrooms’

"One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small,” sang Grace Slick in Jefferson Airplane’s classic White Rabbit, conjuring ...
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Here’s what we really know about transgender genetics—so far

The week started strangely. On [March 19], the author of a new book on transgender identity emailed me, asking about ...
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Fertility clinic meltdown: What happens when slumbering eggs are awakened early

Fragile spindle apparatuses are an integral part to embryonic growth. What happened to embryo structures when they were thawed and ...
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Space astronaut twin’s DNA ‘changed’? How some reports botched the story, and what we really know

When the Today Show reported on March 15 that the DNA of Scott Kelly, who spent a year on the ...
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