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Knowing Neanderthals

Knowing Neanderthals

One of the more interesting things to come out of all the cheaper, more robust DNA sequencing technology has been our deeper understanding of human history.

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Divining Human History with DNA

Divining Human History with DNA

Everyone knows about how genetics is changing how we look at and treat human disease. But what may be less appreciated is what it can tell us about human history.

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Phylo: Turning Biology Puzzles Into Interactive Games

Phylo: Turning Biology Puzzles Into Interactive Games

People often think of medicine as hard work, but an emerging group of tech-savvy entrepreneurs is looking to re-shape people’s perspectives and turn health, and health research, into a form of play.

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The Benefits of Radioactive Fallout

The Benefits of Radioactive Fallout

Wildlife seems to be thriving in the radioactive areas around Chernobyl. For now it looks like if animals had to choose, they'd choose radioactivity over humans.

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Turning Chickens into Dinosaurs

Turning Chickens into Dinosaurs

If we are ever going to resurrect dinosaurs, it probably won't be like in the movie Jurassic Park. Instead, we'll have to throw evolution into reverse and turn a bird back into a dinosaur.

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The High Cost of Sex

The High Cost of Sex

Biologically speaking, sex is ungodly expensive. One reason it may have evolved in to keep our genomes stable and intact.

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Patient-Specific DNA Sequencing Finally Paying Off

Patient-Specific DNA Sequencing Finally Paying Off

Here Dr. Starr talks about three patients who have dramatically improved lives because scientists sequenced their DNA and correctly interpreted the results. The dream of helping individual patients using data from the human genome project is finally being realized.

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Secretive Openness

Secretive Openness

It will take a long time for scientists to figure out why those redwoods in Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park are albino. And because of the way science is set up, it will take the public even longer to find out the answer.

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All (U.S.) Children Left Behind

All (U.S.) Children Left Behind

New test results confirm what many of us have feared: U.S. students suck at science.

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Reliable Science Web Resource: Scitable

Reliable Science Web Resource: Scitable

An interview with Vikram Savkar, the man who runs a reliable web resource for science called Scitable.

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Meet Our Newest Relative

Meet Our Newest Relative

Scientists identified a new human relative just using DNA from a fossilized finger. Using this DNA they showed more non Homo sapien DNA in modern humans. First Neanderthals, now Denisovans. Who knows what DNA we'll find next.

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A Dangerous Blush

A Dangerous Blush

Some sobering thoughts on alcohol, cancer, and the Asian glow.

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Meditation Training Improves Markers Of Cellular Health and Psychological Well-Being

Meditation Training Improves Markers Of Cellular Health and Psychological Well-Being

Intensive meditation training increases psychological well-being and telomerase activity in immune cells.

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Tracing Bad (and Dangerous) Internet Science

Tracing Bad (and Dangerous) Internet Science

A dangerous rumor has been spreading across the web that people with Rh negative blood are resistant or even immune to getting AIDS. They’re not. This is the “everyone is an expert” ethos of the web at its worst.

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Test Tube Baby Nobel Prize

Test Tube Baby Nobel Prize

Dr. Edwards recently received a Nobel Prize in medicine for figuring out how to fertilize an egg in a Petri dish. Huge social impact but was the science Nobel-worthy?

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Who's Your Daddy?

Who's Your Daddy?

What became clear to me at a recent meeting I attended is that most everyone is going to have his or her DNA read in the near future. Another thing that became obvious is that scientists aren’t doing enough thinking about what impact this will have on society.

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Reporter's Notes: Backyard Seed Banks

Reporter's Notes: Backyard Seed Banks

Today, most backyard gardeners opt for buying seed packets or seedlings at the garden store. But a handful of Bay Area groups are working to create local seed saving networks, where local gardeners can learn to save seeds and share them.

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Milky Mutations

Milky Mutations

Lactose intolerance is the norm for mammals. Humans are one of the few animals where a sizable minority of adults are lactose tolerant.

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More Transparent Genetic Testing

More Transparent Genetic Testing

A few minor tweaks to genetic testing companies' websites could make their offerings more transparent to the public and the FDA.

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Direct to consumer (DTC) genetic tests: Here Comes the FDA

Direct to consumer (DTC) genetic tests: Here Comes the FDA

Direct to consumer (DTC) genetic tests are taking a beating right now from the FDA. Part of the problem has to do with some snake oil salesmen contaminating the whole field. But part of it has to do with the data that is available right now and how it is presented.

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