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Climate change makes bugs hungrier, which could threaten our food supply

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Climate change is already threatening our food supply by raising temperatures and causing wildfires, but as a new study in ...
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Viewpoint: EWG’s Dirty Dozen foods and pesticides list scares people away from healthy eating

Newsweek | 
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) on [April 10] released its 2018 “Dirty Dozen” list to showcase the top pesticide-riddled fruits and vegetables. But some argue ...
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Will evolution protect humans from alcoholism?

Newsweek | 
Humans may be evolving a genetic variant that would make them physically unable to consume large amounts of alcohol, new research suggests ...
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Speech mystery: Language relies on brain pathways that predate human beings

Newsweek | 
New research has identified the brain systems involved in language learning and discovered that these systems pre-date the human species ...
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Our brains grow and shrink when we learn—which is how we continue to absorb knowledge

Newsweek | 
Our past understanding of the brain would suggest that new knowledge requires new brain cells, and as a result our ...
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Who gave humans genital herpes? Maybe this ancient ancestor

Newsweek | 
Genital herpes infects about one in six American adults. But who was patient zero, the individual responsible for this irritating scourge? Researchers in ...
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If you could modify your children’s genes, what would you change?

Medical Daily | 
Scientists focus on gene editing to eliminate certain debilitating hereditary diseases, but the technology could accomplish a lot more. Recently, the ...
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Obesity changes gene activity which may predict diabetes risk study says

Medical Daily | 
In what is being called the biggest study yet on the effect of body mass index (BMI) on DNA, researchers ...
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Have we discovered the genetic mutation linked to increased risk for early-onset Parkinson’s?

Medical Daily | 
Parkinson’s disease is caused by the deterioration of nerve cells in the brain, but it's still not clear what causes ...
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Unbreakable bones and four other bizarre human genetic mutations

Medical Daily | 
Strange genetic mutations often play into the storylines of Hollywood action films, but in reality...genetic mutations exist in the DNA of ...
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Brain gene may be key to developing medications for Down syndrome

Medical Daily | 
Although it’s clear that Down Syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by the occurrence of an extra chromosome, the exact genes, ...
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Banning gene editing to modify human embryos could be hasty

Medical Daily | 
For many, the word “designer baby” brings to mind images of eugenics...As a result of this commonly shared fear, the ...

Gene mutation linked to aggression and healthy body weight

Medical Daily | 
Acting aggressive and reckless when drunk could be a sign that you’re a complete jerk, or it could be an ...
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GMO wine? Scientists developing hangover free nutritionally-enhanced vino

Medical Daily | 
Imagine wine, only better for you and without the hangover the next day. Researchers from the University of Illinois are ...

Blood based cancer test shows promise in mouse studies, detecting early stage tumors

Medical Daily | 
Scientists are working to create a pill that would allow doctors to diagnose cancer with a simple blood test. The ...

After three-parent babies, are two-dad and two-mom babies next?

Medical Daily | 
An international team of scientists have shown that it is possible to create human sperm and eggs from stem cells ...

Chocoholic? Only GMO cocoa may help meet your cravings

Medical Daily | 
The world demands about one million more metric tons of chocolate than cocoa farmers are physically able to produce. By ...

Older moms carry more mitochondrial mutations, leading to more diseases

Medical Daily | 
It’s a widely known truth that older mothers have increased chances of giving birth to children with a wide variety ...

How the environment shapes our genetic code

Medical Daily | 
The fascinating field of epigenetics studies how different environmental influences actually have the power to change gene expressions in our ...