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‘Tribe before truth’: Why scientific knowledge without curiosity can be polarizing

What intellectual capacities—or if one prefers, cognitive virtues—should the citizens of a modern democratic society possess? For decades, one dominant ...
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‘Cutting-edge’ artificial cells could boost precision medicine efforts

No biologist would mistake the microscopic "cells" that chemical biologist Neal Devaraj and colleagues are whipping up at the University ...
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Viewpoint: Ideology has no place in gender science discussions

Radical egalitarianism defends the idea that any collective of adult human beings has the same innate distribution of qualities, independently ...
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Viewpoint: What ‘New Atheists’ get wrong about science and religion

New Atheism is a literary movement that sprung up in 2004, led by prominent authors like Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, ...
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Human evolutionary theory challenged in global study by diversity of birth canals

The shape of a mother’s birth canal is a tug-of-war between two opposing evolutionary forces: It needs to be wide ...
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Recreating the chemical soup that may have sparked life on earth

In the molecular dance that gave birth to life on Earth, RNA appears to be a central player. But the ...
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Peering into our body’s complicated relationship with the sun

One of the impressive things about biochemistry and cell biology is how it can produce physical correlates to things that ...
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Quest to find molecule that sparks multiple sclerosis yields promising discovery

Researchers have long suspected that a self-antigen—a normal molecule in the body that the immune system mistakenly treats as a ...
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How a broken gene may have given us the ability to become ‘marathoners’

A new study in mice pinpoints how a stretch of DNA likely turned our ancestors into marathoners, giving us the ...
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Viewpoint: Letting juries settle scientific disputes puts us on ‘a dangerous path’

[In August 2018], Monsanto was ordered to pay American groundskeeper Dewayne Johnson $289 million .... Because a jury determined that ...
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Are pro-GMO scientists corrupted by money?

Do you watch “crime shows? It’s intrinsically satisfying to see the facts proven and the truth revealed. Phrases such as ...
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Why are some people still afraid of GMOs?

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been a source of controversy in recent years. As products advertised as “natural”, “clean” and ...
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Promising HIV treatment fails in human trials

When Science published a monkey study nearly 2 years ago that showed an anti-inflammatory antibody effectively cured monkeys intentionally infected ...
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Gene drives could speed up inheritance of certain beneficial traits in mammals, study finds

Researchers have used CRISPR, the genome editing tool, to speed the inheritance of specific genes in mammals for the first ...
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Blood test could tell doctors when to use immunotherapy against cancer

Some cancers generate the seeds of their own destruction. Certain random mutations that accumulate in rapidly dividing tumor cells can ...
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‘Trying to recreate Neanderthal minds’ using minibrains

[R]esearch teams are engineering stem cells to include Neanderthal genes and growing them into "minibrains" that reflect the influence of ...
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Talking Biotech: Why Irish scientist Rosalind Franklin didn’t get the credit she deserved for the discovery of the structure of DNA

Geneticist Mark Lawler: Despite being instrumental in the discovery of DNA’s double-helical structure, Rosalind Franklin died at the age of ...
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Three genes that changed the course of human brain evolution

Three nearly identical genes could help explain how 0.5 liters of gray matter in early human ancestors became the 1.4-liter ...
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Video: Our bodies continue ‘ticking right along’ after we die

When you’re dead, you’re dead—right? No pulse, no brain activity, no signs of life. But at the cellular level, things ...
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How genes affect your dog’s athleticism—and what we might learn about ourselves

Compare the sprinting Shetland sheepdog with the sluggish St. Bernard, and it’s clear a dog’s genes play a large role ...
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Can scientists keep white nationalists from misusing population genetics research?

Stormfront and similar online forums, as well as the comment sections on “alt-right” news websites and Twitter accounts, regularly host ...
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Single gene variant could explain why Peruvians among world’s shortest people

Hundreds of genes influence how tall a person is, but most make an imperceptible difference—perhaps a millimeter, for example. Now, ...
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Ancient DNA analysis reveals Botai hunter-gatherers first domesticated horses

[W]ho first domesticated horses is a hotly debated question. One leading hypothesis suggests Bronze Age pastoralists called the Yamnaya were ...
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Could pre-pregnancy genetic screening help with difficult child-bearing decisions?

Pregnancy comes with many unknowns. Perhaps one of the most harrowing is whether a child will be born healthy. Now, ...
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Is this ancient hashtag just a decoration or the first human symbol?

About 100,000 years ago, ancient humans started etching lines and hashtag patterns onto red rocks in a South African cave ...
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Ancient DNA suggests South Asians descended from 3 Eurasian groups—hunter-gatherers, farmers, herders

[A] study of the first ancient DNA recovered from South Asia shows that populations there mingled repeatedly thousands of years ...
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