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Brains keep temporary molecular records before making a lasting memory

Kelsey Tyssowski, Harvard University The first dance at my wedding lasted exactly four minutes and 52 seconds, but I’ll probably remember it for decades. Neuroscientists...

Recreational ancestry DNA testing may reveal more than consumers bargained for

Catharine Wang, Boston University Aggressive marketing techniques and the popularization of “gifting” recreational ancestry tests has led more consumers than ever to the world of...

Discovery of a surprise multitasking gene helps explain how new functions...

Katherine L. Petrie, University of California San Diego and Justin Meyer, University of California San Diego Evolutionary biologists like us try to figure out how...

It’s mostly mothers who pass on mitochondria – and a new...

Arunas L. Radzvilavicius, University of Pennsylvania Evolutionary interests of males and females do not always coincide. This is known as sexual conflict: male innovations that...

To fight Zika, let’s genetically modify mosquitoes – the old-fashioned way

Jeffrey Powell, Yale University The near panic caused by the rapid spread of the Zika virus has brought new urgency to the question of how...

Forget about designer babies – gene editing won’t work on complex...

A Cecile JW Janssens, Emory University This week, scientists gathered in Washington, DC for the International Summit on Human Gene Editing to discuss a technology...

Our ‘Rosetta Stone’ gene could unlock the secrets of schizophrenia

Kevin Fox, Cardiff University Schizophrenia affects around 1% of the global population and can cause paranoia, hallucinations and a breakdown in patients' thought processes, with...

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