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The Complex Truth About ‘Junk DNA’

Imagine the human genome as a string stretching out for the length of a football field, with all the genes…

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Why Does Asthma Get Worse at Night?

In 1698, British doctor John Floyer wrote a treatise on asthma, the first major work focused on the disease. Not…

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Urchin Slayers Are Trying to Save the Underwater Rainforest

This story originally appeared on Grist and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Grant Downie had been out of…

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‘Neurograins’ Could be the Next Brain-Computer Interfaces

For people with brain and spinal injuries, these systems could eventually restore communication and movement, allowing them to live more…

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CDC finds unvaccinated 11 times more likely to die of COVID

New U.S. studies show COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective against hospitalizations and death By LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer September…

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Dolphins Eavesdrop on Each Other to Avoid Awkward Run-Ins

You’d think it would be easier to spy on a Risso’s dolphin. The species frequents nearly every coast in the…

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To Learn More Quickly, Brain Cells Break Their DNA

Faced with a threat, the brain has to act fast, its neurons making new connections to learn what might spell…

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Biologists Unlock the Secrets of ‘Invisible’ Animals

This story originally appeared on Atlas Obscura and is part of the Climate Desk collaboration. While trekking through the Peruvian…

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Richard Lewontin Leaves a Legacy of Fighting Racism in Science

When Donald Trump invoked genetics at a campaign rally in Minnesota in September 2020, commentators were quick to connect his…

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J&J: Potential HIV vaccine falls short in mid-stage study

Johnson & Johnson says its potential HIV vaccine did not provide protection against the virus in a study of young…

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