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    • Babies Low on Key Gut Bacteria at Higher Risk of Asthma

    • By: Tina Hesman Saey
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
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    First 100 days are critical period for microbe exposure.

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    • Misfires in the Gun Control Debate

    • By: Meghan Rosen
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 23 mins
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    Buying a handgun in Connecticut means waiting - lots of waiting. First comes an eight-hour safety course. Then picking up an application at a local police department. Review of the application (which includes a background check and fingerprinting) can take up to eight weeks. If approved, the state issues a temporary permit, which the buyer trades in at state police headquarters for a permanent one. Then it’s back to the store for the gun.

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    • Women in Engineering Engage Best with Gender Parity

    • By: Bethany Brookshire
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 7 mins
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    Even when a woman is confident in her abilities, it can be a chilling experience to be the only woman in the room. Suddenly her voice sounds higher in her ears. She begins to worry she.ll be talked over. And in male-dominated careers, it might end up meaning a woman never speaks up in the first place.

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    • Brain Cells DNA Differs

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
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    Mutations give unique genetic makeup to neighboring neurons.

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    • Virus Helps Plant Attract Pollinators

    • By: Laurel Hamers
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
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    Instead of destroying its leafy hosts, one common plant virus takes a more backhanded approach to domination. It makes infected plants more attractive to pollinators, ensuring a supply of virus-susceptible hosts for generations to come.

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    • Childhood Bullying Leads to Long-Term Mental Health Problems

    • By: Bruce Bower
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Being picked on by peers worse threat than child abuse, study suggests.

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    • Misguided Math

    • By: Laura Sanders
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 16 mins
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    From within the dark confines of the skull, the brain builds its own version of reality. By weaving together expectations and information gleaned from the senses, the brain creates a story about the outside world. For most of us, the brain is a skilled storyteller, but to spin a sensible yarn, it has to fill in some details itself.

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    • Big Data, Big Challenges

    • By: Tina Hesman Saey
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 20 mins
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    In my quest to explore the unknown frontier inside my own body, I stumbled upon one of the most intractable problems facing science.

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    • Promise and Perils of Marijuana Deserve More Scientific Scrutiny

    • By: Bruce Bower
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 5 mins
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    Limits on ability to study drug hamper efforts to weigh public health benefits, concerns.

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    • Quantum Chemistry May Be a Shortcut to Life-Changing Compounds

    • By: Rachel Ehrenberg
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 19 mins
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    Technique could ID materials for better solar cells and batteries or more effective medicines.

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    • Gene Editing of Human Embryos Yields Early Results

    • By: Tina Hesman Saey
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 10 mins
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    Researchers in China and Texas have taken a step toward making fantasies of curing genetic diseases a reality for all inherited diseases.

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    • Liberia's Ebola Outbreak Tracked

    • By: Tina Hesman Saey
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
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    A single introduction of the Ebola virus led to most cases of the deadly disease in Liberia, a new genetic study suggests.

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    • Blood Test Can Predict Breast Cancer Relapse

    • By: Tina Hesman Saey
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
    • Length: 4 mins
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    Cancer DNA in the blood can signal breast cancer’s return long before scans spot it, a new study shows.

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    • How Ketamine Really Fights Depression

    • By: Laura Sanders
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    Ketamine, a drug that has shown promise in quickly easing depression in people, doesn’t actually do the job itself. Instead, depression relief comes from one of the drug’s breakdown products, a study in mice suggests. The results identify a potential depression-fighting drug that works quickly but without ketamine’s serious side effects or potential for abuse.

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    • Eating Meat Officially Raises Cancer Risk

    • By: Rachel Ehrenberg
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    It’s official: Processed meat - such as hot dogs, bacon, corned beef and salami - causes cancer. Years of evidence and numerous studies have linked processed meat to colorectal cancer. Now, after reviewing more than 800 epidemiological studies, the World Health Organization has designated such meats as carcinogenic. WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer classifies processed meat as a Group 1 carcinogen. This group of cancer-causing agents also includes smoking and asbestos. The ranking means there’s convincing evidence linking the modified meats to colorectal cancer, evidence as strong as that linking smoking to cancer.

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    • Autism Tied to Aberrant Sense of Touch

    • By: Laura Sanders
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    Most people think that autism is a disorder of the brain. But the skin may play a role, too, a new study suggests. Nerve cells in the skin are abnormal in mice with mutations in autism-related genes, leading to altered touch perception, scientists report. This trouble sensing touch may influence the developing brain in a way that leads to social deficits and anxiety later in life.

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    • Genes May Influence Placebo Effect

    • By: Ashley Yeager 
    • Narrated by: Mark Moran
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    People who get a feel-good boost from sham medical treatments may have their genes to thank.

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    • Toxicologists Look to Epigenetics

    • By: Tina Hesman Saey
    • Narrated by: Jamie Renell
    • Length: 8 mins
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    Chemical tags on DNA could one day help assess exposure risks.

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    • Long-Lasting Mental Health Isn’t Normal

    • By: Bruce Bower
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    Most people have at least one bout of depression, anxiety or other disorder, study suggests.

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    • CRISPR Gets a Makeover

    • By: Tina Hesman Saey
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    • Length: 20 mins
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    Scientists usually shy away from using the word miracle - unless they’re talking about the gene-editing tool called CRISPR/Cas9. “You can do anything with CRISPR,” some say. Others just call it amazing.

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