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Sexual reproduction may not be the best evolutionary strategy. So why do we do it?

Sexual reproduction may not be the best evolutionary strategy. So why do we do it?

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In many ways asexual reproduction is a better evolutionary strategy: only one parent is needed, and all of their genes ...
Helpless at birth: Why human babies are different than other animals

Helpless at birth: Why human babies are different than other animals

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Big brains and narrow hips were long blamed for the relative helplessness of human babies at birth. But the energy ...
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The ‘Big O’: How and why evolution brought us the female orgasm

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Female orgasms aren’t necessary for reproduction. A comparative evolution study suggests they once might have been ...
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Vacation hazard: Your gut bacteria picks up souvenirs, too

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When we travel our gut bacteria can pick up antibiotic resistance genes in just two days. What does that mean ...
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Why humans started eating meat—and is it critical for our diet?

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Evidence suggests our hominin ancestors turned to meat when climate change reduced resource-rich vegetation. The signatures of these changes may ...
Genetics of mental health yield surprising connections but no cures

Genetics of mental health yield surprising connections but no cures

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Scientists are slowly uncovering the genes and mechanisms that cause mental health disorders, but we are a long way from ...
How do you know if your mutation will lead to a genetic disease?

How do you know if your mutation will lead to a genetic disease?

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Sonia Vallabh, a scientist, carries a rare mutation that normally causes a neurodegenerative disease. How likely is it she will ...
Three-person IVF as an infertility solution has a long way to go

Three-person IVF as an infertility solution has a long way to go

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The procedure is typically targeted at parents who want to avoid passing a potentially fatal mitochondrial disease to their child ...
Evolution and war: The ‘deep roots’ theory of human violence

Evolution and war: The ‘deep roots’ theory of human violence

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War has long been viewed as a way for societies to acquire wealth and power, even though it often doesn't ...
Mummy DNA: Ancient Egyptians more Middle Eastern than today's African-mixed population

Mummy DNA: Ancient Egyptians more Middle Eastern than today’s African-mixed population

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Scientists have extracted and sequenced DNA from 151 Egyptian mummies with more certainty than ever. They found that ancient Egyptians ...
Settling of the Americas: Searching for pieces of the puzzle

Settling of the Americas: Searching for pieces of the puzzle

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DNA analysis of two ancient infants adds to evidence that humans stayed on the Bering strait for thousands of years ...
Pigs as human organ incubators? Pork producers gear up for potential demand

Pigs as human organ incubators? Pork producers gear up for potential demand

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The pork industry is watching the potentially lucrative market that could be driven by a surge in demand for pigs ...
Could blood from babies’ umbilical cords rejuvenate our grandparents' brains?

Could blood from babies’ umbilical cords rejuvenate our grandparents’ brains?

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Protein in umbilical cord blood rejuvenates cells in the brain’s memory center, improving learning and memory in aging mice. Could ...
Game of chance: Are most cancers linked to nothing more than bad luck?

Game of chance: Are most cancers linked to nothing more than bad luck?

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Two-thirds of the gene mutations that cause cancer are due to random chance, according to a new study. But environmental ...
Space spores: NASA's struggle with radiation-resistant microbe could help us understand infections

Space spores: NASA’s struggle with radiation-resistant microbe could help us understand infections

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Bacteria have infiltrated sterile rooms NASA used to build space equipment. Studying what happens to them in outer space could ...
Early warning child allergy detection system? Competing theories of how to inoculate children against developing reactions

Early warning child allergy detection system? Competing theories of how to inoculate children against developing reactions

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Allergic reactions to foods can strike young children without warning. Now, a controversial blood test may be able to detect ...
How 1100 pound woman's rare genetic disorder helps unravel mystery of obesity

How 1100 pound woman’s rare genetic disorder helps unravel mystery of obesity

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The root causes of the obesity epidemic remain elusive. Studying rare one-gene cases may provide clues to help scientists understand ...
Boy or girl: Should prenatal testing be censored for fear it may become a sex-selection tool?

Boy or girl: Should prenatal testing be censored for fear it may become a sex-selection tool?

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Some prominent ethicists push for limiting the release of prenatal testing for fear the information could be used by parents ...
Worried about low T? Treatments unlikely to deliver what they promise -- and could hurt you

Worried about low T? Treatments unlikely to deliver what they promise — and could hurt you

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Testosterone therapy does little to counter the effects of aging. But it does have the potential to be harmful for ...
DNA test limits: Current direct-to-consumer tests provide only a glimpse into our ancestry

DNA test limits: Current direct-to-consumer tests provide only a glimpse into our ancestry

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In a recent story that made headlines, a woman’s DNA test showed she was a descendant of a lost tribe ...
Weak links? Criminal investigations using partial DNA matches raise concerns

Weak links? Criminal investigations using partial DNA matches raise concerns

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Using DNA collected from a crime scene, police can identify relatives of unidentified suspects through partial, or familial, matches. Legal ...
2 young leukemia patients cured with T-cell immunotherapy using genetically engineered donor cells

2 young leukemia patients cured with T-cell immunotherapy using genetically engineered donor cells

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Gene-edited immune cells cure two British babies with childhood leukemia. But instead of patient-specific cells, doctors used cheaper universal cells ...
Can you be both fat and fit? Your genes may have a say in the matter

Can you be both fat and fit? Your genes may have a say in the matter

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Scientists are in hot debate over whether it's possible to be obese without creating health risks. Two new studies take ...
Fighting cancer by shifting the body's immune system into overdrive

Fighting cancer by shifting the body’s immune system into overdrive

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Gene-targeted treatments and immunotherapy offer great promise to cure cancer, but they work in less than half of patients and ...
Will pig-human chimeras solve our organ transplant shortage?

Will pig-human chimeras solve our organ transplant shortage?

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Experiments show pig-human chimeras might be able to farm human organs for transplantation and disease research. But would it be ...
Genetics for public health: A lost cause?

Genetics for public health: A lost cause?

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Its power for discovering rare diseases is well proven. But genetics’ impact on public and preventative health has a long ...
Transcranial magnetic stimulation: Can strong magnetics revive your sex drive?

Transcranial magnetic stimulation: Can strong magnetics revive your sex drive?

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If TMS, which is already FDA approved to treat depression, can reverse sexual dysfunction, it would be a boon particularly ...
Vampire therapy: Can blood from the young fight aging?

Vampire therapy: Can blood from the young fight aging?

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Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel has expressed his reluctance to age quite vocally. He has also put his money where ...