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Chemicals on the Skin Could Enable Parkinson’s Detection
Shawna Williams | Mar 20, 2019
Researchers teamed up with a woman with a keen sense of smell to identify telling differences between healthy people and those with the neurodegenerative disease.
WHO Panel Calls For a Registry of Gene-Editing Research in Humans
Catherine Offord | Mar 20, 2019
The advisors’ recommendations follow news of ethically dubious gene-editing work carried out by He Jiankui late last year.
Potent Weed Linked to Psychosis
Jef Akst | Mar 20, 2019
Frequent use of high-strength cannabis may increase the risk of mental health problems, according to a large-scale epidemiological study.
Fish and Bees “Talk” with Help from Robot Translators
Jef Akst | Mar 20, 2019
Robots integrated into groups of zebrafish and of one-day-old honey bees allow the two species to influence each other’s behavior.
Sweetened Drinks Linked to Higher Mortality Risk
Catherine Offord | Mar 19, 2019
While sugary beverages seem to be the worst offenders, artificially sweetened drinks might also be associated with health problems, an observational study suggests.
Does Sharing the Womb with a Brother Affect Girls?
Ashley Yeager | Mar 19, 2019
A study links having a male twin with women’s educational, financial, and childbearing decisions. Researchers suspect prenatal exposure to testosterone may play a role.
Can Humans Sense Magnetic Fields?
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 19, 2019
A study of people’s brainwaves hints at their unconscious ability to perceive the Earth’s magnetic field.
DNA from 200-Year-Old Pipe Connects Enslaved Woman to West Africa
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 18, 2019
Genetic material from old artifacts can link people to their ancestral communities and potentially help descendants find their roots.
Some Viruses May Infect by Inserting Different Portions of Genetic Material
Emma Yasinski | Mar 18, 2019
Viruses that infect plants and occasionally insects appear to cause infection with a divide-and-conquer strategy, multiplying separate segments of genetic material in different host cells.
Survey Highlights “Shocking” Gender Bias Among PI Pay in UK
David Adam | Mar 15, 2019
Young science professors, both men and women, say their institutions don’t support them with enough mentoring and resources yet ask them to teach sometimes up to 40 hours a week.