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FYI: What Is The Evolutionary Purpose Of Tickling?

You probably know that you can't tickle yourself. And although you might be able to tickle a total stranger, your brain also strongly discourages you from doing something so socially awkward. These facts offer insight into tickling's evolutionary purpose, says Robert R. Provine, a neuroscientist at …

Woolly mammoth could be cloned by South Korean scientists

Scientists are considering an attempt to ressurect the extinct woolly mammoth. But concerns have been raised about the ethics of such a project<p>The fierce debate over whether to clone a woolly mammoth has been reignited by a fresh attempt to bring the species back from the dead.<p>South Korean …

One Of Humankind’s Most Ancient Genetic Lineages Found In A Southern African Tribe

One of humankind’s most ancient genetic lineages has been successfully uncovered, after scientists sequenced the genes of the Southern African …

Anthropology

It’s Not Just For Your Brain: Meditating Can Actually Change Your DNA

The benefits of mindfulness meditation just keep piling up.<p>Meditation is good for you. We don’t need to tell you that. The chorus of voices extolling the virtues of mindfulness is never-ending: It decreases stress. It helps you focus. It can even rewire your mental circuitry. But it’s not just your …

Scientists hope man with killer mutant gene who refuses to die will provide clues to cure disease

The new approach was turning genetics research on its head, said Dr Eric Schadt, director of the Icahn Institute, a medical research institute at …

Genetics

GMO Apples Get The Nod, But Not Much Of A Welcoming Party

We have good news for all of you who find browned apple slices unappetizing. It's bad news, though, if you don't like scientists fiddling with your food. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has given a green light to apples that have been genetically modified so that they don't turn brown when you …

Cure For HIV Found? Scientists Successfully Delete HIV From Human DNA

Researchers from Temple University have successfully deleted the HIV virus from a strand of human DNA for the first time ever, but when will the …

Temple University

Heart muscle cells regrown in medical research breakthrough

Unlike animals such as the salamander and the zebrafish, humans are unable to easily regenerate heart cells, making it difficult to recover from the permanent damage caused by heart attacks.<p>But scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and the Victor Chang Institute in Sydney have …

Medicine

Scientists Have Found a Way to Switch on a Dormant Gene in Human Red Blood Cells

Welcome to the future of genetic editing.<p>Scientists from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia have used a world-first technique to …

How doctors printed my new face

A man has had a new face printed for him after he lost the entire left side of his face in surgery to remove a tumour.<p>When restaurant manager Eric Moger surprised his girlfriend by proposing over Christmas dinner, he could have no idea that less than a year later his life and appearance would be …

Presenting Nike’s Olympics Ad That’s Not an Olympics Ad

It’s an inspirational theme that’s always worth revisiting: the unsung heroics of the everyday athlete. But brands best be careful right about now not to draw a line between that classic theme and a certain classic sporting event happening in Blighty.<p>Nike’s video campaign “Find Your Greatness” …

Scientists Build Hollow Virus For Cheaper Vaccines

This foot-and-mouth virus has a stable exterior, but no genetic material in its interior.<p>Call it hollow-hearted. Researchers have built a mimic of the outer capsule of the foot-and-mouth disease virus. Inside, where the virus' genetic material normally lives, is empty.<p>Such synthetic virus-like …

Why we’re having less sex with our (genetic) relatives

The person you sat next to on the bus this morning is, on average, likely to be something like your sixth cousin. But our mating patterns are changing, as Steve Jones explains<p>Sir Thomas Beecham – always good for a quotation – once said that “everyone should try everything once, except incest and …

A friendly bug that feasts on plastic

Each week a global thinker from the worlds of philosophy, science, psychology or the arts is given a minute to put forward a radical, inspiring or controversial idea – no matter how improbable – that they believe would change the world.<p>This week, psychologist Susan Blackmore suggests we use a …

Peter Piot

Obama Launching Massive Initiative To Map The Human Brain

A coalition of scientists, with government funding starting at $100 million in 2014, will map brain circuitry in action.<p>We've been expecting this announcement since February, and today it looks like it's happening: President Obama has announced an ambitious plan to map the circuitry of the human …

Cancer scientists hope genetic markers will reveal how disease develops

The discovery of new genetic markers for common cancers will pave the way for tests that predict an individual's risk of disease and guide how they should be screened throughout their lives. But scientists hope to do far more with the findings.<p>A major effort is under way to learn how the cancers …

Biotech Firm: We Will 3D Print A Human Liver In 2014

2014 could be a landmark year for an amazing medical technology: human organs built by 3D printers.<p>San Diego biotech firm Organovo promises that its "bioprinting" technology will successfully print a human liver by the end of 2014, the company told Computerworld's Lucas Mearian.<p>Mearian reports:<p>Like …

3D Bioprinting

‘Open Humans’ platform wants to democratize your DNA for better medical research

Get ready to share more than photos of your latest vacation.<p>A new online platform launched Tuesday allows users to share data about their genomes, …

It's a gut reaction: how other people's bacteria can cure us – extract

This is a standard party invitation in most respects: there's a map of the neighbourhood, the address and time, and some friendly encouragement to bring the whole family. The decorative elements, though, are unusual: a cut-away illustration of the interior of the human colon, its parts neatly …

Scientists unravel genetic causes of prostate, breast and ovarian cancer

A national screening programme for prostate cancer could be introduced by the NHS following an international effort by more than 1,000 scientists to unravel the genetic causes of prostate, breast and ovarian cancer.<p>The study, the largest to look for the faulty DNA that drives the cancers, revealed …

Scientists Have Created 'DNA Scissors' That Can Alter Your Genes, but Should They Use Them?

Biotechnology that can rewrite the genome heralds "a new era of human biology" and raises ethical questions for the medical community, experts in …

Why whole-genome testing hurts more than it helps

President Obama proposes to plunk down $215 million on "precision medicine," and the National Institutes of Health and its National Cancer Institute will spend it by sequencing the whole genome of a million or more Americans.<p>Is whole-genome testing the path to health? The short answer is no.<p>The …

Mutations