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In the largest-ever study of its kind, researchers combined genomic data from nearly 900,000 patients and healthy individuals to identify commonalities among 10 mental illnesses.


What we can know about biology before the last universal common ancestor is limited—and we should be circumspect in filling in the gaps.


Acute bouts of diarrhea could have lasting effects on the microbiota and host immune system activation, a mouse study suggests.

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The receptors, found in so-called elite controllers who don’t need medications to keep the virus in check, suggest a new path toward immunotherapy.

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Almost half of all patents relating to the genes of marine organisms belong to one large international corporation, BASF, a new study reveals.  

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Researchers find that conserving marsupials on a predator-free island dampens their avoidance behaviors, which could mean trouble for their reintroduction to mainland Australia.


image: New Insights to Improve CAR T Cells’ Safety

New Insights to Improve CAR T Cells’ Safety

By Vicki Brower | June 5, 2018

Drugs approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis block cytokines, the molecules responsible for severe side effects from the immunotherapy, and reduce symptoms in mice.


image: Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size

Human-Specific Genes Implicated in Brain Size

By Abby Olena | May 31, 2018

Three members of a gene family called NOTCH2NL may have been involved in the evolution of humans’ big cortex.


Genetic adaptations for human brain development also make us vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.  


image: Patent On Autism Genetic Test May Stifle Science

Patent On Autism Genetic Test May Stifle Science

By Jessica Wright | May 30, 2018

LabCorp might be able to charge a licensing fee to any scientists who wish to sequence the gene HOMER1 in people who may have autism.


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