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‘Utterly magical’: This ‘two-step dance’ may explain the origins of life

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Go back far enough in time, before animals and plants and even bacteria existed, and you’d find that the precursor ...
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10 years ago, the Human Brain Project promised to simulate a human brain. What went wrong?

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On July 22, 2009, the neuroscientist Henry Markram walked onstage at the TEDGlobal conference in Oxford, England, and told the ...
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Only half of psychology studies can be replicated. That’s a big problem

Atlantic | 
Over the past few years, an international team of almost 200 psychologists has been trying to repeat a set of ...

‘Anti-evolution drug’ could stop superbugs from mutating

Atlantic | 
Over the past 90 years, scientists have discovered hundreds of antibiotics—microbe-killing drugs that have brought many pernicious diseases to heel ...
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‘Blinding speed’: How an ice age led to the populating of the Americas

Atlantic | 
Tens of thousands of years ago, two gigantic ice sheets smothered the northernmost parts of what has since been named ...

No, humans haven’t wiped out 60 percent of animals since 1970. But things still look ugly

Atlantic | 
Since [October 29], news networks and social media have been abuzz with the claim that, as The Guardian among others ...

Chasing the virus behind surging polio-like illness

Atlantic | 
[Fall 2014] Kevin Messacar, a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Colorado, started seeing a wave of children with inexplicable paralysis. All of ...
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Ancient genetic oddity makes whales and other aquatic mammals deadly susceptible to common pesticides

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Over the past 50 million years, a group of small, hoofed mammals gradually evolved into today’s whales and dolphins. In ...
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How bacterial CRISPR defense systems are defeated by suicidal virus attacks

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The natural world abounds with examples of predators that cooperate to take down their prey. And such teamwork also exists ...

How did our brains get so big?

Atlantic | 
By studying [brain organoids, researcher Frank] Jacobs could look for genes that are switched on more strongly in the growing ...

Sleeping helps us find ‘out of the box’ solutions to difficult problems

Atlantic | 
[M]any experiments have shown that sleep promotes creative problem-solving. Now, Penny Lewis from Cardiff University and two of her colleagues have collated and ...
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Is it time to discuss what we should or shouldn’t do with ‘lab-grown blobs of human brain tissue’?

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Rusty Gage and colleagues at the Salk Institute [recently] announced that they had successfully transplanted lab-grown blobs of human brain tissue ...

Delving into the minds of psychopaths

Atlantic | 
It’s a rare person who goes out of their way to spend time with psychopaths, and a rarer one still ...

Personalized piglets could offer insights into disease progression in children

Atlantic | 
To better understand [incurable inherited disease neurofibromatosis type 1, Charles] Konsitzke learned, you need a species that’s closer in both ...
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How evolution contributed to the demise of the passenger pigeon

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Passenger pigeons were once the most abundant bird in North America, and quite possibly the world. … In a matter ...

Oldest known human fossils rewrite Homo sapiens history

Atlantic | 
Hundreds of thousands of years ago, around 62 miles west of what would eventually become Marrakesh, a group of people ...

Brain studies weakened by lack of diversity in participants

Atlantic | 
[S]ocial sciences [tend] to focus on people from WEIRD societies—that is, Western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic. The results of such studies ...

One-fourth of cow genome descendant from snakes and lizards, study shows

Atlantic | 
There are genes known as retrotransposons that can copy themselves and paste the duplicates in other parts of our DNA, ...

CRISPR co-inventor Jennifer Doudna embraces ethical debate over gene editing

Atlantic | 
As few as five years ago, [biochemist Jennifer Doudna] was, by her own admission, working head-down in an ivory tower, with ...
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Diseases and behaviors likely the product of thousands of genes with complex interactions

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If you told a modern geneticist that a complex trait...was the work of just 15 genes, they’d probably laugh. It’s ...
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Discovery of 315,000-year old human fossils may rewrite history of our ancestors

Atlantic | 
[B]ones of the former occupants [of a Moroccan cave called Jebel Irhoud] have been recently unearthed by an international team ...
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Hi-C: Quick genome sequencing cracked Zika mosquito genome, more advances likely

Atlantic | 
Ten years ago, a team of scientists published the first genome of Aedes aegypti­—the infamous mosquito that spreads Zika, dengue ...

Would loss of genetic privacy protection scare people away from research participation?

Atlantic | 
GINA—the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act—was written...[to prevent] employers from basing employment decisions on someone’s genes [and to stop] health insurers ...
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Eczema-taming ointment could be made with bacteria from your own skin

Atlantic | 
Teruaki Nakatsuji and Richard Gallo from the University of California, San Diego, have discovered that some bacteria which naturally live ...

Alzheimer’s linked gene may protect brain from parasites

Atlantic | 
People who carry one copy [of the ApoE4 gene] have a three-fold higher risk of Alzheimer’s than those with none...Even if ...
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Future of Alzheimer’s treatment? Flickering lights

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[If neurons fire] 30 to 90 times [in a single second], that’s a gamma wave, which has been linked to ...
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Your brain uses different regions to remember something clearly and vividly

Atlantic | 
In an elegant experiment, a team of neuroscientists led by Jon Simons at the University of Cambridge have shown that ...

Genes linked with schooling does not mean they affect education directly

Atlantic | 
[I]n a study of almost 294,000 people, an international team led by Daniel Benjamin, David Cesarini, and Philipp Koellinger has ...