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In the future, we won’t have sex to procreate

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In the future, we won’t have sex to procreate
Today, Stanford University professor Hank Greely’s assertion that Americans will stop having sex to procreate sounds absurd. But in a couple of decades, he predicts, that will be the accepted reality.
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| Categories: | Tags: Reproduction, genetics, genome modification, genetic engineering, embryos, human embryos | Comments: (0) | View Count: (84)
Extra-virgin olive oil preserves memory, protects brain against Alzheimer's
The Mediterranean diet is associated with a variety of health benefits, including a lower incidence of dementia. Now, researchers have identified a specific ingredient that protects against cognitive decline: extra-virgin olive oil. In a new study, the researchers show that consumption of extra-virgin olive oil protects memory and learning ability and reduces the formation of amyloid-beta plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain -- classic markers of Alzheimer's disease.
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| Categories: | Tags: Brain, cognitive health, nutrition, diet, Alzheimer's disease, olive oil | Comments: (0) | View Count: (139)
Long-read genome sequencing used for the first time in a patient
Researchers have used a next-generation technology called long-read sequencing to diagnose a patient's rare genetic condition that current technology failed to diagnose.
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How cells combat chromosome imbalance

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How cells combat chromosome imbalance
Biologists have now identified a mechanism that the immune system uses to eliminate genetically imbalanced cells from the body.
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| Categories: | Tags: Genetics, karyotype, immune system, immunity, DNA, cancer, oncology | Comments: (0) | View Count: (124)
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Henry Markram Talks Brain Simulation

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Henry Markram Talks Brain Simulation
The preliminary work for simulating the human brain is already under way
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| Categories: | Tags: Brain, model, neurons, transfer of consciousness, digitization of the brain | Comments: (0) | View Count: (78)
Scientists call for immediate halt to consumer use of two widespread antimicrobial chemicals
Two chemicals known as triclosan and triclocarban are used in a welter of consumer products, particularly antimicrobial soaps, personal-care products and other items of daily use. But extensive research has shown that these chemicals are often ineffective in safeguarding the public from harmful microbes and, further, pose significant risks to human health and the environment. Now, more than 200 scientists have joined together top call for a halt in the use of these products.
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| Categories: | Tags: Triclosan, triclocarban, disinfection, muscular function, liver, calcium metabolism, calcium | Comments: (0) | View Count: (121)
Vaccine that lowers cholesterol in mice offers hope of immunizing against cardiovascular disease
A vaccine to immunize people against high levels of cholesterol and the narrowing of the arteries caused by build-up of fatty material (atherosclerosis) may be possible following successful results in mice. Now, a phase I trial in patients has started to see if the findings translate to humans.
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| Categories: | Tags: Diet, nutrition, obesity, cholesterol, fats | Comments: (0) | View Count: (126)
Bitter or sweet? How taste cells decide what they want to be
A new study advances understanding of how stem cells on the tongue grow into the different types of mature taste cells that detect either sweet, salty, sour, bitter, or umami. By identifying novel genes and molecular pathways involved in shaping a taste cell's function, these findings may someday allow scientists to treat taste disorders, characterize new taste qualities, or even fine-tune taste perception to encourage healthier eating.
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| Categories: | Tags: Diet, nutrition, obesity, sweet | Comments: (0) | View Count: (100)
Parkinson’s and Autoimmunity Strongly Linked in New Study
Bits of a protein that builds up in Parkinson’s disease trigger the immune system, causing it to tag them as foreign invaders.
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| Categories: | Tags: Brain, cognitive health, immunity, immune system, T cells, Parkinson's disease | Comments: (0) | View Count: (130)
In ‘Enormous Success,’ Scientists Tie 52 Genes to Human Intelligence
Genetics figured out that it makes some people smarter than others. The DNA of intelligent people differs from others in fewer mutations! So there is no "intelligence gene", but heredity takes place. That's where the genetic scissors come in handy!
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| Categories: | Tags: Genetics, genome modification, genetic engineering, genetics, synthetic biology, CRISPR, CRISPR/Cas9 | Comments: (0) | View Count: (154)
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