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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.

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

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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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Image of the Day: Water Flea

By Sukanya Charuchandra | May 29, 2018

A species of water flea in northern Belgium that helps keep algae in check is growing smaller and less abundant in urbanized areas. 

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Complications during pregnancy may act via the placenta to magnify the effects of genetic risk factors.

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Proposed changes to the state’s school science standards would emphasize that parts of the theory are “not proven.”

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Present-Day Arboreal Birds Have Ground-Dwelling Past

By Sukanya Charuchandra | May 24, 2018

A mass extinction event from an asteroid hitting Earth wiped out forests and, concurrently, tree-dwelling birds.  

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What Made Human Brains So Big?

By Ashley Yeager | May 24, 2018

Ecological challenges such as finding food and creating fire may have led the organ to become abnormally large, a new computer model suggests.

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The finding confirms that a cluster of cells that directs the fate of other cells in the developing embryo is evolutionarily conserved across the animal kingdom.

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Nipah Virus Kills 10 in India

By Kerry Grens | May 22, 2018

Fruit bats are a reservoir for the disease, which can cause brain damage.

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