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Swapping Cigarettes for Vaping

By Aggie Mika | October 19, 2017

New evidence suggests e-cigarettes are not without risks to human health, but can be useful in getting people to kick their smoking habit.

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Fingerprints of Ongoing Human Evolution Found

By Shawna Williams | September 5, 2017

Genetic variants in Alzheimer’s- and smoking-related genes appear to be under selection pressure, according to a study comparing the genomes of old and young participants.

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Smoking on a Chip

By The Scientist Staff | September 1, 2017

A new device from the Wyss Institute at Harvard University simulates the effects of cigarette smoke on human lungs.

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Smoking-Linked Cancer Mutations Mapped

By Anna Azvolinsky | November 3, 2016

Scientists produce a detailed genomic map of mutations and epigenetic changes associated with smoking tobacco across 17 tumor types. 

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Study: Genetic Tests Don’t Change Behavior

By Jef Akst | March 17, 2016

Knowing one’s genetic risk for particular diseases doesn’t encourage behavior modifications, according to a study.

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Bacterial Enzyme an Antismoking Aid?

By Jef Akst | August 10, 2015

A compound that degrades nicotine before it reaches the brain could serve as a successful smoking cessation therapy, according to an in vitro study.

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Speaking of Science

By The Scientist Staff | April 1, 2015

April 2015's selection of notable quotes

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Focus on Sex

By Molly Sharlach | December 29, 2014

In 2014, new research findings and guidelines brought increased attention to biological differences between males and females.

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Vanishing Y Chromosomes

By Molly Sharlach | December 4, 2014

A new study reveals an association between smoking and rates of Y chromosome loss in blood cells, which may explain elevated cancer risk among male smokers.

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Sniff While You Sleep

By Molly Sharlach | November 14, 2014

Smokers light up less after smelling cigarette smoke together with foul odors during sleep, a study shows.

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