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Our early human ancestors may have climbed trees and swung along branches like chimpanzees

Our early human ancestors may have climbed trees and swung along branches like chimpanzees

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When Texas A&M University’s Cody Prang was taking his first biological anthropology course as an undergraduate at the University of ...
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AI digs through billions of molecules, searching for an effective coronavirus treatment

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Shantenu Jha, a computational scientist at Rutgers University and Brookhaven National Laboratory, is coupling artificial intelligence techniques and algorithms with ...

Gilead’s experimental remdesivir shows promise against coronaviruses. Can it beat back COVID-19

The Scientist | 
Targeted drug development takes years, but when time is short in a pandemic, scientists and clinicians turn to pharmaceuticals that ...
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Amish people study suggests environmental factors influence mutations causing disease and evolution more than genes

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The rate of new mutations in the human genome appear to be consistent across diverse populations, except one—the Old Order ...
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Does the keto diet offer protection against the flu?

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Mice fed a ketogenic diet—in which 90 percent of calories come from fat and less than 1 percent from carbohydrates—were ...

Cancer cells alter mutation rates to survive targeted therapies. Researchers want to know how they do it.

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In response to antibiotic treatment, bacteria improve their odds of survival by increasing the rate of mutations in their genomes, ...

Engineered molecule could protect key food crops from intensifying droughts as climate changes

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An engineered small molecule called opabactin that targets the receptor for the hormone abscisic acid (ABA), which plants release in ...

What does a healthy human gut virome look like? Study shows that we have no idea

The Scientist | 
There’s a lot that scientists don’t know about the gut microbiota, and when it comes to the viruses present there ...

Casting doubt on whether our DNA can be tweaked to increase human lifespan

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Estimates predict that somewhere between 15 percent and 30 percent of the variability in human lifespan is due to genetics ...
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‘Personal omics’: Weight changes affect what’s happening in our gut, disease susceptibility

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Gaining and losing weight causes extensive changes in the gut microbiota and in biomarkers related to inflammation and heart disease, ...
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Getting behind the genetics of high-altitude adjustments

The Scientist | 
People who both travel to and live at high altitudes typically cope with lower oxygen levels by increasing red blood ...
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Hemophilia cure? First attempt at in vivo human genome editing

The Scientist | 
Researchers have edited the human genome before, but always in cells outside the body. Now, biotech company Sangamo Therapeutics is ...

Scientists find skin-to-liver cell transformation shortcut

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Scientists have differentiated human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) into hepatocytes in a dish, but faced challenges using these cells ...

Epigenetic changes needed to regenerate nerves

The Scientist | 
To regenerate after injury, a nerve cell must turn on gene programs that have been silenced since development. Epigenetic modifications, ...
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