Pesticides and food: It’s not a black and white issue

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FIRST ARTICLE: Has pesticide use decreased over the last 40 years?

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Can we control our dreams through gene therapy?

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What drives our dreams? For most of human history, people thought dreams were supernatural--messages from the gods or visions of ...
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Viewpoint: Parents’ anti-GMO fervor just might contribute to children’s allergies

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Eating organic and avoiding GMOs has no effect on food allergies. But the mentality underlying GMO avoidance and overly-protective parenting ...
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How religious beliefs shape our thinking on cloning, stem cells and gene editing

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Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam react to new technologies and concepts in their own way – though there is ...
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Are we ready for the artificial womb?

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In the coming years, the obstacles to ectogenesis --development outside of a mother from fertilization to full-term infancy-- will be ...
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Gender and the brain: Are there hardwired differences between men and women?

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The idea that genders are different in a neurological sense is picking up considerable momentum in the hard sciences. It could have ...
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Race and genetics: How our ancestry both limits and exacerbates disease risks

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Members of different ethnic groups living in the same region may have widely varying life expectancies. A wide range of ...
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Delving into our complicated relationship with carbohydrates

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The idea of controlling carbohydrate consumption has been bouncing around the world of diets and medicine for nearly 100 years ...
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Why autism looks so different in girls

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Girls tend to be diagnosed with autism later in life than boys--often after being misdiagnosed with something else first. Why ...
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Marrying your cousin? There may be evolutionary benefits

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The taboo against cousin marriages may be overblown--and there may even be an evolutionary argument in support of it in ...
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Why are we afraid of synthetic blood?

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Synthetic blood engineered to be superior to our normal blood may be a revolution in the emergency room ...
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How gene therapy could help astronauts survive deep space deadly radiation

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Over the past five decades, space travel advocates have been pushing to expand our footprint in space. They dream about lunar ...
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The real sustainability revolution in farming is New Breeding Techniques like CRISPR. Why are organic farmers blocked from using them?

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How do we define 'organics'? From a legal perspective, the term can only be applied to foods that meet a ...
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Sex in space? An awkward talk we will need to have

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As the prospect of Mars colonization grows on the public radar screen, sex talk is not as much taboo that ...
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What’s stopping us from using CRISPR to gene edit humans to fight disease?

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Emerging clinical applications of CRISPR editing include delivery of CRISPR systems into the body to repair genetic sequences. This is ...
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Here’s what potential Mars colonists really need from Earth: A large gene pool

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Establishment of a Mars colony will depend on genetic diversity, meaning we must send tens of thousands of colonists ...
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Supercharged brains and the quest to think better and faster

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For those seeking to enhance cognitive function based on hard evidence, the starting point is worked aimed at improving mental ...
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Are consumer genetic tests misused by doctors and alternative health providers?

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Health practitioners with little or no training or perspective in genetics are dabbling in this rapidly advancing field. Utilizing results ...
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Reinforcing the human heart: Integrating human cells, electronics and nanomaterials

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Future of heart care: Cardiac patch that doesn't merely beat, but also provides monitoring and, if needed, electrical stimulation and ...
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With imaging advances, brain researchers no longer rely on cadavers and freak accidents

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The increased use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a research tool could lead to better understanding of a wide ...
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Extraterrestrial life may have different chemistry, but evolutionary forces will be Earth-like

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If the forces of natural selection have shaped the development of life on Earth, there's no reason to believe those ...
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Could modern influenza outbreaks escalate into devastating pandemics like the 1918 ‘Spanish Flu’?

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It is unlikely that we will ever experience anything like the 1918 outbreak, but researchers say we could see outbreaks ...
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Sex and genetics: We’re looking for someone who isn’t an exact match of ourselves

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Does the shape of your face affect your odds of success or failure in life?

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The science of facial structures has advanced tremendously in recent years, leading to a number of applications and a deeper ...
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Male pregnancy may be closer than you think

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As women begin to receive uterine transplants, the question is being asked of when they will be available for men ...
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TRAPPIST-1 mini-planetary system and what it means for the spread of life between worlds

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Only a few dozen known worlds as small as the rocky worlds of our inner Solar System and orbiting within ...
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How the brain resists when presented with scientific consensus on controversial issues

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Why do people refuse to change their views when confronted with scientific consensus? Research is starting to show us how ...
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Viewpoint: Non-GMO Project label offers nothing for consumers

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The presence of a Non-GMO Project seal of approval doesn't really tell consumers anything about their food. And it's questionable ...
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What foods have pesticide residues? When do the chemical traces pose dangers?

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Dosage and length of exposure determines whether a compound actually produces toxic effects and could lead to such diseases as ...