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The Most Natural Human Diet: Just About Anything

Generally when you think about what separates humans from other species, features like upright walking, large brains and language come to mind. But diet has actually played an enormous role in human evolution. Today at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a panel ...

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How A Person Smokes Might Affect Lung Cancer Risk

For many common diseases, environment is far more important than genetics in determining whether a person will be affected. One of the best examples of this is lung cancer. Nearly 90% of the cases of this disease can be attributed to smoking. Today at the American Association for the Advancement of  ...

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Researchers Announce Draft Version of Complete Neanderthal Genome

First came the Human Genome Project when, in the year 2000, an international team of scientists began mapping all 23 pairs of our chromosomes.  Then in 2005, the Chimpanzee Genome Project took off, attempting to do the same for the 24 chromosomes of our species' closest living relative.  With intimate ...

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Bicentennial Birthday: Darwin Day 2009!

Put on your party hat.  Tomorrow, in universities and public auditoriums, at festivals and museums, people around the world will be celebrating the life and works of one of the most influential scientific minds in history:  Charles Darwin.  February 12th is Darwin's 200th birthday, and this year - 2009 - also ...

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Taking Vitamin D Supplements In Childhood May Prevent Multiple Sclerosis Later

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a common inflammatory disease that leads to the destruction of the insulating coating that surrounds nerves in the brain and spinal cord. Without this insulation, the electrical impulses the nerves are supposed to carry between the brain and rest of the body get confused or lost ...

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23andMe Science Advisor Wins Science Blogging Challenge

Russ Altman We're pleased to announce that 23andMe Science Advisory Board member Russ Altman has won the Nature Network 2008 Science Blogging Challenge for his blog, "Building confidence." Russ was commended for his insights about pharmacogenomics, science funding, the implications of rapidly ...

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Tonight on Frontline: My Father, My Brother, and Me

“It isn’t dramatic.  It’s a disease of inches.” This is how Dave Iverson describes Parkinson’s disease, the subject of his Frontline report “My father, My Brother, and Me.” The documentary uses his and his family’s experience with the disease as the backdrop for an exploration of current research aimed at ...

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The Story of Henrietta Lacks: A Lesson in Biology and Ethics

Editor's note: We posted this a couple of years ago, but in light on the historic agreement between the family of Henrietta Lacks and National Institutes of Health, we thought it worthy of re-posting. Also read Carl Zimmer's great piece in the New York Times. The post has been slightly changed from the ...

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More than 100 Genetic Variations Associated with Leukemia Treatment Response

Treatment advances have dramatically increased the cure rate for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common diagnosed cancer in children, from less than 10% in the 1960’s to more than 80%. But even in those children who are cured, the response to treatment varies from patient to patient. For ...

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Miss Con-GENE-iality

If Facebook is starting to take over your life, maybe your genes are partly to blame. Researchers from UC San Diego and Harvard University have shown that certain aspects of a person’s social network – how many people consider that person a friend, the likelihood that two of a person’s friends are ...

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