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The Great migrations in the US in the first half of the 20th century show up in our genes

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[Software engineer Chengzhen Dai] and his advisor, designer and engineer Carlo Ratti, teamed up with population geneticist Alicia Martin of ...
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Viewpoint: We need more female animals included in research projects

The Scientist | 
In 2011, Annaliese Beery and Irving Zucker of the University of California, Berkeley, analyzed biomedical literature and reported that studies ...
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Infographic: From the common cold to COVID-19, here’s our history with coronaviruses

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On January 9 of this year, Chinese state media reported that a team of researchers led by Xu Jianguo had ...
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Humans may have driven weeds to evolve to resemble crop plants—And they even became edible

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Nikolai Vavilov’s story has stuck with Longjiang Fan ever since he learned about the Soviet plant biologist during his undergraduate ...
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Taming the body’s immune response could offer treatment option for coronavirus

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Among the many outstanding questions about COVID-19 is how the same virus, SARS-CoV-2, can kill some patients and leave others ...
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Tracing the origins of China’s coronavirus: Infectious disease expert explains how it jumped from animals to humans

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The Scientist spoke with Peter Daszak, the president of the nonprofit EcoHealth Alliance and an infectious disease researcher who’s done extensive research ...
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We don’t know enough yet to effectively pick embryos to get smarter, taller children, study says

The Scientist | 
Despite advances in understanding the combined effects of multiple genes on complex traits in humans, efforts to choose embryos based ...
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Infographic: These blood biomarkers could be critical to diagnosing, treating Alzheimer’s

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Researchers are investigating a host of molecules found in the blood that could reveal pathological processes in the brain. Here ...
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Pursuit of ‘speech prosthetic’ for people who’ve lost the ability to talk could be boosted by this discovery

The Scientist | 
One [area of the brain is called] the “hand knob,” which, as the name suggests, is a knobby region of ...
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Why finding a blood test for Alzheimer’s could be the key to new treatments

The Scientist | 
Alzheimer’s patients who were at earlier stages of the disease did better than those with more advanced cognitive decline [in ...
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FDA-approved edible cotton could help meet global protein demand

The Scientist | 
The US Food and Drug Administration announced this month that a genetically modified cottonseed has been approved for human consumption ...
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Personalized nutrition companies are more hype than help, scientists say

The Scientist | 
Vitamins and other dietary supplements are a $30 billion industry in the US. In addition to the bottles lining drugstore ...
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Microbiome manipulation could improve our heart health, but it’s not a ‘magic solution’

The Scientist | 
“Is the fountain of youth in the gut microbiome?” This provocative question popped up a few months back, not in ...
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Keen sense of smell? You’re probably good at not getting lost, study suggests

The Scientist | 
Watch a bacterium chase down the source of an enticing molecular trail using chemo-taxis, and it’s clear that its sensory ...
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60 percent of wild coffee species at risk of ‘extinction’

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More than half of the world’s 124 wild coffee plant species meet the criteria for inclusion on the International Union ...
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Viewpoint: Documentary Genesis 2.0 delivers ‘warning’ about synthetic biology

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“How did you manage to set free that terrible devil?” asks a Yakut poem, solemnly intoned near the beginning, and ...
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Chasing the biology underlying human intelligence

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[H]uman intelligence [has increased] over time. Proposed explanations for the phenomenon, now known as the Flynn effect, include increasing education, ...
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Can a skin patch thwart cocaine overdoses?

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There are nicotine patches to help quit smoking, and then there’s this: patches of actual skin, genetically engineered to produce ...
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What can we learn from bacteria that eat antibiotics for fuel?

The Scientist | 
Some bacteria take antibiotic resistance a step further: they chow down on the very compounds designed to kill microbes and ...
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Hatchery-raised vs wild-born coho salmon: Containment sites may alter epigenome, hurting survival in the wild

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[Biologist Louis Bernatchez of Quebec’s Laval University] and his colleagues set out to search for evidence of a different kind of hatchery adaptation, ...
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Are brains of transgender people wired differently?

The Scientist | 
In recent years, US society has seen a sea change in the perception of transgender people, with celebrities such as ...
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