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Robyn Metcalfe hits dead ends in her quest to rethink agriculture

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"Food Routes" offers a futuristic vision, but only for a subset of the planet

Kevin Pels

Great news! Hops contain a molecule that improves metabolism!

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And it's the same one that makes your beer bitter.

Kevin Pels

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The next therapeutic frontier may be in your gut

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Scientists are trying to harness the microbiome for healing

Kevin Pels

Could a virus with a sweet tooth become a weapon against cancer?

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Researchers harnessed a virus' natural behavior to attack tumors

Kevin Pels

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Ketogenetic dieting aids look too good to be true because they are

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For the love of all that is starchy, there is no shortcut to weight loss

Kevin Pels

CAR-T could revolutionize cancer treatment. It can also be fatal

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Nearly 70 years after the invention of chemotherapy, new treatments still come with dangerous risks

Kevin Pels

Chewing gum could detect disease in saliva and deliver results via taste

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Forget wearables, the hottest tech around is chewables

Kevin Pels

Why you shouldn't worry about the bacteria in your sponges

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Remember that study about the 'dangerous' bacteria hiding in your kitchen sponge? Not so fast

Kevin Pels

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The science behind Nike's Vaporfly shoes

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World Athletics has put limits on the types of shoes that marathoners can wear to prevent sponsored athletes from having unfair advantages

Just Months of American Life Change the Microbiome

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Immigrants’ gut bacteria “westernize” soon after they move to the U.S., which might influence obesity in immigrants and Americans alike

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A chemotherapy missile made of DNA target-locks on to cancer cells

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"Sticky" DNA sequences can guide drugs directly to cancer cells

Shi En Kim

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Bats' unique immune systems make them stealthy viral reservoirs

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These ecologically important animals have been at the center of many major viral outbreaks, and we are beginning to understand why

Marnie Willman

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Lead poisoning hits low-income children harder than their affluent neighbors

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Children living in poverty suffer greater cognitive and physical effects from lead exposure than children from richer families, even if they live in the same area

Claudia López Lloreda

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A failed Alzheimer's drug stops cancer cells from shedding their coats and hiding from the immune system

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A chance reading and a fortuitous overlap between Alzheimer's and multiple myeloma biology gave a failed drug new life

Christina Marvin

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To stop pancreatic cancer from spreading, cut out the chatter

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By switching off cell-to-cell communication, researchers turned cancer’s bazooka into a rubber pistol

Max G. Levy

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New types of drugs, called PROTACs, melt cancer-causing proteins away

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Researchers from Yale and Oregon Health and Science universities have now used this approach to treat chronic myeloid leukemia cells

Fiona Scott

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Probiotics, not antibiotics, might be the future of livestock farming

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Probiotics are an attractive alternative to longstanding farming practice, and could help us build a better food system

Alice Theibault

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The gut microbiome can hit fast forward on Alzheimer's disease progression

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Male — but not female — mice had reduced amyloid beta plaques in the brain after antibiotic treatment

Jenna Sternberg

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Neurons and cancer cells are a dangerous duo

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New research finds that neurons migrate from the brain to infiltrate cancer cells, and that targeting this process is a promising new method of attack on cancer.

Claudia López Lloreda

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Bacteria from our guts have the tools to solve blood bank shortages

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The discovery of a new enzyme system that can convert type A blood into type O blood could ease strain on universal donors and transform healthcare

Lauren Sara McKee

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Bioengineered yeast can produce the active ingredients of marijuana better than the plant

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Now, new and rare THCs and CBDs may be on the horizon

Sarah Laframboise

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Reducing agricultural carbon emissions will be good for the planet and our stomachs

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From soil microbes to factory farming, the Green New Deal could radically improve our food system

Lauren Sara McKee

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What a strange case of scientific déjà vu showed us about the dangers of plastics

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New research shows that BPA-free plastic might still be harmful

Jackie Grimm

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How your immune system can give you narcolepsy

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New research could lead to easier diagnoses of this rare sleep disorder

Quinn Eastman

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Saliva is just what we needed to create a new malaria vaccine

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The mistake mosquitos made? Leaving their spit behind

Hannah Thomasy

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Pulling all-nighters may damage your brain

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New research suggests bad sleep causes a build-up of plaque associated with Alzheimer's

Hannah Thomasy

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Billionaires are rushing into biotech. Inequality is following them into science

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'Free-market philanthropy' raises yet more questions about the future of American public research

Joshua Peters

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The secret to sounder sleep may be lurking in our guts

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New research shows that stressed med students on probiotics got better shut-eye

Hannah Thomasy

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A new study shows that some are 'immune' to CRISPR. What does it mean for biology's breakthrough editor?

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It's complicated, and the road from lab to clinic is long

Alireza Edraki

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How gut bacteria manipulates your immune system – by mimicking it

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Scientists are discovering how microbes 'speak' with the body

Melanie Silvis

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