How, why and when humans became able to talk

How, why and when humans became able to talk

How and when did we first become able to speak? A new analysis of our DNA reveals key evolutionary changes ...
Stem cell implants could provide 'functional cure' for type 1 diabetes

Stem cell implants could provide ‘functional cure’ for type 1 diabetes

Last week, two people with type 1 diabetes became the first to receive implants containing cells generated from embryonic stem cells to ...
Careful, your brain may begin to eat itself if you don't get enough sleep

Careful, your brain may begin to eat itself if you don’t get enough sleep

Burning the midnight oil may well burn out your brain. The brain cells that destroy and digest worn-out cells and ...
Woman's vision improved after first successful stem cell (iPS) treatment

Woman’s vision improved after first successful stem cell (iPS) treatment

A woman in her 80's has become the first person to be successfully treated with induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells ...
Neanderthals' legacy genes: Some people taller, protect against schizophrenia

Neanderthals’ legacy genes: Some people taller, protect against schizophrenia

Neanderthals are still affecting what illnesses some people develop, how tall they are and how their immune systems work, despite ...
Is there a metabolic on-off switch that could prevent chronic fatigue syndrome?

Is there a metabolic on-off switch that could prevent chronic fatigue syndrome?

Evidence is mounting that chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is caused by the body swapping to less efficient ways of generating ...
Mini brains grown from teeth stem cells reveal secrets of sociability

Mini brains grown from teeth stem cells reveal secrets of sociability

Can tiny brains grown in a dish reveal the secrets of sociability? Balls of brain tissue generated from stem cells ...
Motherhood changes your brain to connect better with newborn

Motherhood changes your brain to connect better with newborn

Elseline Hoekzema at Leiden University in the Netherlands and her team compared brain scans of 25 first-time mothers with those ...
Brain implant allows quadriplegic man to feel touch on robotic hand

Brain implant allows quadriplegic man to feel touch on robotic hand

For the first time, brain stimulation has made it possible for a paralyzed person to experience the sensation of touch ...
First infertile women who used 'three-parent' method to give birth in early 2017

First infertile women who used ‘three-parent’ method to give birth in early 2017

The first babies to be created using a “three-parent” method to overcome their parents’ infertility are due to be born ...

Despite successful experiment, two-father babies still may not happen

Healthy mice have been created using sperm and cells that aren’t quite eggs for the first time. New Scientist questions ...
Scientists turn mouse's body transparent to study nervous system--Human brain next?

Scientists turn mouse’s body transparent to study nervous system–Human brain next?

The technique developed by Ali Ertürk of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich in Germany and his team also shrinks ...
Scientists see genes switching off in live human brains for first time

Scientists see genes switching off in live human brains for first time

The switching-off of genes in the human brain has been watched live for the first time. By comparing this activity ...

Video: Orangutan mimics human speech for first time

An orangutan has shown an ability to emulate human speech for the first time — a feat that gets us ...

Headed abroad? Your gut bacteria quickly pick up antibiotic resistance genes when you travel

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Beware the travel bug ...
New device allows women to incubate IVF embryos in own womb

New device allows women to incubate IVF embryos in own womb

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Women having IVF can ...
First ever petri dish human sperm reportedly grown in France

First ever petri dish human sperm reportedly grown in France

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  Can we really make ...

Genetic ‘switch’ targeting fat cells may help combat obesity

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  A master gene that ...

Scotland accused of playing politics, subverting science with GMO ban

Scotland’s government has decided to prohibit the growing of genetically modified crops. Their main rationale is to avoid any possibility that premium ...
Speed gene may explain why racehorses getting faster

Speed gene may explain why racehorses getting faster

Racehorses have been getting ever faster in races over all distances, a study of finishing times over the past 162 ...

Smokers with Y chromosome at especially high risk for developing cancer

Here's another reason for men to quit smoking. Aside from the well-known dramatic increase it causes in the risk of ...

Mice with human brain cells smarter than peers

What would Stuart Little make of it? Mice have been created whose brains are half human. As a result, the ...

Computer program reads facial features to identify rare genetic diseases

Doctors faced with the tricky task of spotting rare genetic diseases in children may soon be asking parents to email ...

Near-extinct American chestnut trees make comeback with help from genetic modification

The near-extinct American chestnut looks set to make a comeback. Genetically modified trees, which are resistant to a deadly fungus ...

Clues in polar bear genes may help understanding of obesity

It turns out that the largest land predators alive have a host of genetic tricks to help them survive their ...

Stem cell trial for stroke shows potential for lasting benefits

People who received the world's first stem cell treatment for strokes have shown measurable reductions in disability and handicap a ...

Protein in young blood fights aging

A protein in blood can repair age-related damage in the brains and muscles of old mice, returning them to a ...

Pig heart transplants successful in baboons, offer hope for human organ shortage

The unprecedented survival of pig hearts in four baboons for almost 600 days has revived hopes that animal organs could ...