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Some ‘junk’ DNA more than just extra baggage in genome

New York Times | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Some of our genes ...

What will it take for cancer ‘moonshot’ cure to become reality?

STAT | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. To anyone who follows ...

New antibiotics produced by surprisingly simple method

STAT | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Slava Epstein works in ...
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With rise of agriculture came big changes in European genome

New York Times | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The agricultural revolution was ...

Ancient Alaskan children’s DNA tells story of earliest migration to America

New York Times | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  In the Proceedings of ...

Elephants’ remarkable longevity hints at mechanisms for cancer resistance

New York Times | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  In 1977, a University ...
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‘Stinky cheeses’ made naturally from molds with genes from other species

New York Times | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Many cheeses require a ...

Fetal cells stay in mom’s body long after pregnancy

New York Times | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  Recently, a team of ...

Rare disease causing uncontrollable bone growth may soon have cure

National Geographic | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva is ...
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Paleo diet update: Carbs in tubers key to humans’ evolutionary boon

New York Times | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Scientists have long recognized ...
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Ancient Kennewick man Native American, not European, DNA shows

New York Times | 
In July 1996, two college students were wading in the shallows of the Columbia River near the town of Kennewick, ...

Modern Europeans descended from mingling of distinct migratory groups

New York Times | 
Two teams of scientists — one based at the University of Copenhagen and one based at Harvard University — have ...

New fossil evidence reignites debate on pace of human evolution

New York Times | 
For scientists who study human evolution, the last few months have been a whirlwind. Every couple of weeks, it seems, ...

Why we should stop talking about gene editing in terms of dystopian sci fi

National Geographic | 
Recently, I went on the NPR show “On Point” to talk about using CRISPR to edit embryos. Towards the end of ...

So-called endogenous retroviruses could guide embryonic development, defend young cells from virus infections

New York Times | 
Our genomes are riddled with the detritus of ancient viruses. They infected our hominid ancestors tens of millions of years ...
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Chinese scientists ‘edit’ DNA in human embryo

National Geographic | 
Chinese researchers reported that they edited the genes of human embryos using a new technique called CRISPR. While these embryos will ...

How human-like apes spurred theory of evolution

National Geographic | 
In 1838, orangutans were still frighteningly unfamiliar to Europeans. In fact, all the great apes were a mystery because they lived thousands ...

In Iceland, treasure chest of genetic information may help find cures

New York Times | 
Scientists in Iceland have produced an unprecedented snapshot of a nation’s genetic makeup, discovering a host of previously unknown gene ...

‘Great Indoors’: Your home is a jungle of tiny animal lodgers

New York Times | 
When humans began building shelters about 20,000 years ago, we unrolled a welcome mat for other species. Over the past ...

How natural poison drove evolution of South American community

New York Times | 
The Atacama Desert straddles the Andes Mountains, reaching into parts of Chile, Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Little rain falls on ...

Gene transfer therapy could replace vaccines, treat HIV

New York Times | 
A team of scientists has announced what could prove to be an enormous step forward in the fight against H.I.V ...

How much of our DNA is junk?

New York Times | 
The human genome contains around 20,000 genes, that is, the stretches of DNA that encode proteins. But these genes account ...

Natural aptitude for math emerges early in life

National Geographic | 
Scientists have found that we may actually be born with a deep instinct for numbers. And a new study suggests ...

Airborne form of Ebola a realistic possibility?

National Geographic | 
Back in September, when the West African Ebola outbreak was getting worse with every passing week, a lot of people ...
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Why do East Asians have 20% more Neanderthal DNA than Europeans?

New York Times | 
In 2010, scientists made a startling discovery about our past: About 50,000 years ago, Neanderthals interbred with the ancestors of ...

How do viruses become contagious?

National Geographic | 
Here are two recent stories about viruses. They started out alike, and ended up very differently. In October, a woman ...

Bedbugs’ evolution is bad news for everyone, except scientists

New York Times | 
In the closing sentence of “The Origin of Species,” Charles Darwin marvels at the process of evolution, observing how “from ...

How viruses insert themselves into our DNA

National Geographic | 
Each year, billions of people get infected with viruses–with common ones like influenza and cold viruses, and rarer ones like ...