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Life Before 4 Billion Years Ago?

By | October 20, 2015

A new estimate of the origin of life on Earth pushes back the date by 300 million years.

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Ancient African DNA Hints at Eurasian Migration

By | October 13, 2015

A 4,500-year-old genome, extracted from the skeleton of an Ethiopian man, bears the marks of human migration from Europe back into Africa.

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Stem Cell Therapy In Utero

By | October 13, 2015

An upcoming clinical trial aims to correct for a disease of fragile bones in affected babies before they are born.

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Explaining Elephants’ Cancer Resistance

By | October 13, 2015

Two studies reveal that the giant mammals have dozens of extra copies of a cancer-preventing gene.

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Epigenetic Marks Tied to Homosexuality

By | October 8, 2015

In a small study of male twins, nine methylation sites helped researchers predict a person’s sexual orientation.

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Phase 3 Win for Gene Therapy

By | October 6, 2015

The treatment restored sight among people with an inherited visual impairment.

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Gut Bacteria Linked to Asthma Risk

By | October 1, 2015

Four types of gut bacteria found in babies’ stool may help researchers predict the future development of asthma.

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New Way to Edit Genes

By | October 1, 2015

Researchers develop a more-efficient method for rewriting DNA that could hold therapeutic value for HIV and other diseases.

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Polar Dino Discovered

By | September 28, 2015

Researchers working in Alaska, above the Arctic Circle, have unearthed the northernmost species of dinosaur ever found.

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CRISPR 2.0?

By | September 28, 2015

A pioneer of the gene-editing technique discovers a protein that could improve its accuracy.

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