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UK first to approve ‘Three parent baby’ technique for use

The UK agency that oversees in vitro fertilization, artificial insemination, and research related to human embryos announced on Thursday that it would approve the use of mitochondrial donation in select cases, opening the door for the first “three-person baby” to…

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Study shows abortions have little effect on women’s mental health

Long an key pillar of the argument against abortion, the notion that terminating a pregnancy will cause a woman to experience adverse emotional or psychological health effects is false, claims a new longitudinal cohort study published Wednesday in the journal…

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EPA: Fracking can contaminate drinking water

Based on the final rdaft of a far-reaching study from 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has decided that fracking - a hydraulic fracturing technique for extracting gas and oil - can pollute drinking water. This is in contrast to…

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Why don’t humans have penis bones?

Many male mammals have a penis bone, or os penis, yet humans do not. According to a new study in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the relatively short length of human copulation time and a comparative lack of mating…

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Mummified smallpox virus shows the disease isn’t as old as we thought

The mummy of a young boy discovered buried in a crypt beneath a Lithuanian church contains the oldest-known complete set of smallpox genes, and scientists hope that the discovery will shed new light on the history of the infamous pathogen,…

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Study shows there is no ‘safe’ level of smoking

Even if you just smoke “a little bit,” it could have a significant negative impact on your health, according to a new JAMA Internal Medicine study that showed even averaging less than one cigarette per day could more than double…

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Researchers find link between gut bacteria and Parkinson’s disease

Scientists from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have discovered a link between gut bacteria and Parkinson’s disease that could bring them one step closer to finding the cause of the nervous system disorder and potentially opening a new avenue…

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High school kids create $2 dose of Martin Shkreli’s $750 drug Daraprim

A life-saving drug at the center of a 2015 price-gouging controversy when one pharmaceutical CEO increased its price by 5,000% has been recreated by a group of Australian students in the chemistry lab at their school for just $20 per…

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‘Magic mushrooms’ help cancer patients deal with anxiety and depression

A naturally occurring psychedelic compound produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms may effectively treat anxiety and depression systems in patients dealing with serious, potentially life-threatening illnesses, two separate clinical trials have reportedly confirmed. According to Newsweek and the…

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Platypus venom could be used as a diabetes treatment

Researchers in Australia have uncovered that two of its most notable creatures, the platypus and echidna underwent incredible evolutionary transformations in their insulin regulation. The discovery could potentially give rise to a new treatment for diabetes. The team found that a…