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Sexy Science: Neanderthals, Svante Pääbo and the story of how sex shaped modern humans

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Svante Pääbo's memoir of how he came to lead a project to sequence the Neanderthal genome— Neanderthal Man: In Search ...
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Genetic odd couple: Humans traveling with (friendly?) infection-causing African bacteria for 100,000 years

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Helicobacter pylori, which causes ulcers and stomach cancer, maybe the oldest our oldest bacterial infection: genetic studies suggest it came ...
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Three parent baby debate: FDA ponders mitochondrial manipulation and, perhaps, germline modification too

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Next week, the Food and Drug Administration is meeting to consider how a very controversial new form of assisted reproduction ...
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Latest on rewriting genomes, humans’ included

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A genetic modification system, CRISPR/Cas, has shown breakthrough success in primates and is poised to make the futurists' dreams of ...
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Were Neanderthals a different species?

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Up to 40% of the Neanderthal genome may be preserved across our collective genomes, and the areas of the human ...
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Clocks versus rocks: Genetics and the origin of placental mammals

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Of the 5500 extant mammal species, 95 percent bear live young with a placenta. Yet ancestral mammals laid eggs, and ...
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The $1000 human genome: A reality check

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Illumina, the leading maker of DNA sequencers, recently announced that it will soon begin producing a new piece of equipment ...
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Injecting DNA in the brain: What’s the promise of gene therapy for Parkinson’s disease?

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Gene therapy has been used to successfully treat a number of challenging diseases, such as leukemia. Now, scientists are hoping ...
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Disruptive genomics: Is China’s BGI the epicenter of the world’s biotech revolution?

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What might be the consequences when we isolate the genes for IQ? Is cheap sequencing a good thing? Is there ...
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Can we inherit fear of a smell? The latest on transgenerational epigenetics

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Can humans inherit the experience of fear? Male mice trained to fear a particular harmless smell before they sire offspring ...
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The future of ancient DNA–Can we remake extinct species?

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The study of ancient DNA has come a long way in recent years, forcing scientists to rethink much of human ...
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First Americans were Europeans. Sort of. It’s complicated.

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Native Americans, who have a significant amount of East Asian genes, are thought to have first traveled to America from ...
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The first GMO (Hint: Human’s best friend)

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Are dogs the earliest examples of GMOs? While the conventional definition of a genetically modified organism is the lab insertion ...
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Are we headed for universal genome screening at birth?

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Nearly all of the 4 million babies born every year in the United States undergo newborn screening for genetic disease ...
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Should there be more marijuana genome projects?

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The momentum for legalizing marijuana in the United States has been picking up steam in recent years, with nearly half ...
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Diamonds in the junkyard of noncoding DNA? About humped bladdeworts and being human

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Genes comprise only about two percent of the human genome. The other 98% is noncoding DNA, often referred to as ...
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Scientific American’s new Food Matters blog is all about the science of food, including GMOs

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Plant geneticist Pamela Ronald, who advocates a mix of organic and GM agricultural techniques, is among the many voices joining ...
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Time to stop fighting GMO labeling?

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Familiarity will be a powerful dampener of Unreasoning Fear of GMOs; Perhaps we can nudge familiarity along with a out-and-proud ...
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Ethical dilemma surrounds genetic tinkering with bird flu

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Researchers have outlined plans to genetically experiment with the H9N7 bird flu to test how it might develop human-to-human transmission ...
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