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Short or tall? Genes account for 79% of height differences, study shows

Nature | 
Since the human genome was sequenced nearly two decades ago, researchers have struggled to fully identify the genetic factors responsible [for ...
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CMV birth defects may be prevented by drug typically used to treat anxiety

New Scientist | 
An anxiety drug could prevent a common virus from causing birth defects and deafness, a study in newborn mice suggests ...
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Does ‘G’ mark the spot? Science struggles to explain the female orgasm

BBC | 
Why are orgasms so intensely pleasurable? How come women can experience multiple orgasms? And does the fabled G-spot even exist? ...
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Gentle touch: Premature babies’ brain development may benefit from physical contact

New Scientist | 
A gentle touch can make all the difference. Premature babies – who miss out on the sensory experiences of late ...
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End of breastfeeding period triggers breasts to ‘eat themselves’

New Scientist | 
When a woman stops breastfeeding, her breasts go from being full-time, milk-producing factories to regular appendages...Now a molecular switch has ...
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Has human life span reached its limit?

Nature | 
Human life expectancy has steadily increased since the nineteenth century. Reports of supercentenarians...have prompted some to suggest that there is ...

Proper ethics must be discussed as CRISPR opens new doors

Guardian | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. People have been prophesying ...
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How neuroscientists explore what goes on in minds of babies

Nature | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  How do you get ...

Should all children of egg and sperm donations have right to know their origin?

Independent | 
Although she has two half-sisters from her dad’s previous marriage, there was nothing in Jess Pearce’s childhood to make her ...

Human evolution isn’t all competition: it’s cooperation, too

Slate | 
People often have a grim view of what it means to be human. There’s this conception that inside each of ...

Genome rich tapeworm makes way into man’s brain

New Scientist | 
A tapeworm that usually infects dogs, frogs and cats has made its home inside a man's brain. Sequencing its genome ...

Cervical cancer virus DNA can be detected in urine

New Scientist | 
Dread going for a smear test? A simple urine test can pick up the human papilloma virus (HPV) that causes ...

New growth standards for infants ignore natural genetic variation

New Scientist | 
Babies come in all shapes and sizes – or so you might imagine. But according to new international growth charts, ...

Synthetic bio breakthrough: Flies that make new amino acids

New Scientist | 
The genetic code of the fruit fly Drosophila has been hacked into, allowing it to make proteins with properties that ...

New techniques swap out codons across the genome

New Scientist | 
The language of life has been rewritten. A bacterium has had its genome recoded so that one of its genetic ...

Earth’s first life may have sprung up in ice

New Scientist | 
If you thought life evolved in bubbling hot springs, think again. Pieces of RNA have been made that can copy ...

‘Bubble kid’ success puts gene therapy back on track

New Scientist | 
Severe combined immunodeficiency was the first condition to be treated with gene therapy more than 20 years ago. A virus was ...

Hefty twins shed light on obesity paradox

New Scientist | 
They are identical in almost every way, except one twin is fat and the other is thin. Now a study ...

Synthetic ‘upgrade’ for fruit fly’s DNA

New Scientist | 
The genetic code of the fruit fly Drosophila has been hacked into, allowing it to make proteins with properties that ...