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Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco, Altering History of Our Species

Oldest Fossils of Homo Sapiens Found in Morocco, Altering History of Our Species | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Newly discovered fossils indicate Homo sapiens were present in Africa 300,000 years ago, scientists reported. Until now, the earliest evidence dated back just 195,000 years.
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Gene discovery may halt worldwide wheat epidemic - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Gene discovery may halt worldwide wheat epidemic - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News | Popular Science | Scoop.it
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University of California, Davis, researchers have identified a gene that enables resistance to a new devastating strain of stem rust, a fungal disease that is hampering wheat produ..
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Scientists make first ever attempt at gene editing inside the body

Scientists make first ever attempt at gene editing inside the body | Popular Science | Scoop.it
New therapy will permanently alter DNA, with no way to alter mistakes editing may cause – but offers chance to tackle currently incurable metabolic diseases
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A Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer | Quanta Magazine

A Zombie Gene Protects Elephants From Cancer | Quanta Magazine | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Elephants did not evolve to become huge animals until after they turned a bit of genetic junk into a unique defense against inevitable tumors.
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Gene therapy’s new hope: A neuron-targeting virus is saving infant lives

Gene therapy’s new hope: A neuron-targeting virus is saving infant lives | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The gene-delivering virus may give scientists a new way to treat devastating spinal and brain diseases
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Chinese scientists may have just found a new way to feed 200 million people

Chinese scientists may have just found a new way to feed 200 million people | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Scientists in China have developed several types of rice that can be grown in seawater, potentially creating enough food for 200 million people. Researchers have been trying to grow the grain in salty water for decades but have only now developed varieties that could be commercially viable. The rice was grown in a field near the Yellow Sea coastal city of Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong province. 200 different types of the grain were planted to investigate which would grow best in salty conditions. 
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How Beets Became Beet-Red

How Beets Became Beet-Red | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Confronted with a surplus of an amino acid found in many plants, beets evolved the ability to transform it into the scarlet hue found on your dinner table.
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One Scientist’s Marathon Quest for the Exercise Pill

One Scientist’s Marathon Quest for the Exercise Pill | Popular Science | Scoop.it
A decade after a tantalizing breakthrough, a biology pioneer believes he’s much closer to a fat-burning, muscle-growing drug that won’t, uh, give you cancer.
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Glyphosate: WHO cancer agency edited out

Glyphosate: WHO cancer agency edited out | Popular Science | Scoop.it
When the International Agency for Research on Cancer reviewed weedkiller glyphosate, significant changes happened between a draft report and the final version.
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Mother's Negligence Suit Against Quest's Athena Could Broadly Impact Genetic Testing Labs

Mother's Negligence Suit Against Quest's Athena Could Broadly Impact Genetic Testing Labs | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The tragic case exposes critical gaps in how testing firms currently interpret, classify, and report variants, according to genomics experts.
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Rice so nice it was domesticated thrice

Rice so nice it was domesticated thrice | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Amazonian variety apparently died off after European colonization
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Back to the Roots 's curator insight, October 17, 5:37 AM
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New study shows that groundnut immunity to aflatoxin could be within reach thanks to a double-defence approach

New study shows that groundnut immunity to aflatoxin could be within reach thanks to a double-defence approach | Popular Science | Scoop.it
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How the Zombie Fungus Takes Over Ants’ Bodies to Control Their Minds

How the Zombie Fungus Takes Over Ants’ Bodies to Control Their Minds | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The infamous parasite’s methods are more complex and more sinister than anyone suspected.
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Gluten-sensitive? It may actually be a carb making you ill | New Scientist

Gluten-sensitive? It may actually be a carb making you ill | New Scientist | Popular Science | Scoop.it
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Why This Fungus Has Over 20,000 Sexes - D-brief

Why This Fungus Has Over 20,000 Sexes - D-brief | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Schizophyllum commune possesses about 23,000 different genders as a species. And you thought having two was hard.
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A Dying Boy Gets a New, Gene-Corrected Skin

A Dying Boy Gets a New, Gene-Corrected Skin | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Doctors took his stem cells, corrected a faulty mutation within them, and used them to replace 80 percent of his skin.
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Crops evolved 10 millennia earlier than thought

Crops evolved 10 millennia earlier than thought | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Ancient hunter-gatherers began to systemically affect the evolution of crops up to thirty thousand years ago – around ten millennia before experts previously thought – according to new research by the University of Warwick.
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The Hungry Tree

The Hungry Tree | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Discover The Hungry Tree in Dublin, Ireland: An 80-year-old plane tree is devouring an iron bench at Ireland's oldest law school.
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Origins of food crops connect countries worldwide

Origins of food crops connect countries worldwide | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Research into the origins of food plants has led to the recognition that specific geographical regions around the world have been of particular importance to the development of agricultural crops. Yet the relative contributions of these different regions in the context of current food systems have not been quantified. Here we determine the origins (‘primary regions of diversity’) of the crops comprising the food supplies and agricultural production of countries worldwide. We estimate the degree to which countries use crops from regions of diversity other than their own (‘foreign crops’), and quantify changes in this usage over the past 50 years. Countries are highly interconnected with regard to primary regions of diversity of the crops they cultivate and/or consume. Foreign crops are extensively used in food supplies (68.7% of national food supplies as a global mean are derived from foreign crops) and production systems (69.3% of crops grown are foreign). Foreign crop usage has increased significantly over the past 50 years, including in countries with high indigenous crop diversity. The results provide a novel perspective on the ongoing globalization of food systems worldwide, and bolster evidence for the importance of international collaboration on genetic resource conservation and exchange.
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Did blind cavefish evolve by breaking the laws of evolution?

Did blind cavefish evolve by breaking the laws of evolution? | Popular Science | Scoop.it
The discovery that a cavefish lost its sight because key eye genes were switched off via epigenetics, rather than mutation, will fuel an evolutionary debate
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How the durian got its sulfuric stench

How the durian got its sulfuric stench | Popular Science | Scoop.it
Fruit’s genome sequence has sulfur-related genes, which probably evolved to attract elephants and bats.
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