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Explaining Elephants’ Cancer Resistance

By Jef Akst | 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 Kerry Grens | 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 Kerry Grens | October 6, 2015

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

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Microbiome Meals

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | October 1, 2015

Researchers identify a handful of genes that help bacteria in the mouse gut adapt to dietary changes.

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Gut Bacteria Linked to Asthma Risk

By Jef Akst | 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 Jef Akst | 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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Cultural Riches

By Anna Azvolinsky | October 1, 2015

Researchers devise new techniques to facilitate growing bacteria collected from the environment.

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Decon Recon

By Sarah C.P. Williams | October 1, 2015

Published genomes are chock-full of contamination. But as awareness of the problem grows, so do methods to help combat it.

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Lefties, Language, and Lateralization

By Bob Grant | October 1, 2015

The long-sought genetic link between handedness and language lateralization patterns in the brain is turning out to be illusory.

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Seeing Things

By The Scientist Staff | October 1, 2015

In Oliver Sacks's 2009 TED Talk, the famed physician and writer describes the neurological nature of hallucinations.

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