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What Am I Eating? The Infiltration of Genetically Modified Foods

What Am I Eating? The Infiltration of Genetically Modified Foods

Most consumer products currently contain some components from genetically-modified organisms, but the health and environmental risks of these products are still unknown.

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The More The Merrier: Limiting the Number of Embryo Implantations

The More The Merrier: Limiting the Number of Embryo Implantations

Implanting multiple embryos at once, a common practice in U.S. in vitro fertilization clinics, increases the chance of a successful pregnancy, but also risks expensive and potentially-dangerous multiple births.

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Let Them Eat Cake: More To Obesity Than Just The Extra Calories

Let Them Eat Cake: More To Obesity Than Just The Extra Calories

Obesity is turning out to be much more complex than overeating and lack of exercise, as new research finds genetic, hormonal, neurological, and even immunological factors that appear to relate to weight.

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Selling Sex…Cells: Navigating the Ethics of The Sex Cell Market

Selling Sex…Cells: Navigating the Ethics of The Sex Cell Market

The growth of assisted reproductive technologies has created a market for sex cell donors, but females who donate eggs still face a number of risks and ethical concerns.

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Left Brain, Right Brain: An Outdated Argument

Left Brain, Right Brain: An Outdated Argument

Recent research shows that, while the left and right hemispheres of the brain differ clearly in some abilities, such as language, they are also remarkably flexible.

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New Definition of Autism: From Flexible to Few

New Definition of Autism: From Flexible to Few

The American Psychiatric Association is proposing changes in the definition of autism that would reduce the number of diagnoses, especially among high-functioning individuals.

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Elegant and Simple: Understanding the Interaction between MDA5 and Viral RNA

Elegant and Simple: Understanding the Interaction between MDA5 and Viral RNA

Dr. Ian Berke and Professor Yorgo Modis have demonstrated that MDA5, a viral RNA sensor, discriminates against short RNAs by forming filaments.

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Role Reversal:  How One Species of Butterfly Defies Expectations

Role Reversal: How One Species of Butterfly Defies Expectations

Yale researcher Katie Prudic has discovered that Bicyclus anynana, a species of African butterfly, changes its courting and mating behavior based upon the temperature in which it is raised.

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Why Boys are Not Girls

Why Boys are Not Girls

A Molecular Perspective

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How Anesthesia Affects the Brain

How Anesthesia Affects the Brain

Anesthesia is a critical component of any surgery, but its mechanism and effects remain largely unclear.

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