Category: Societal

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Are we immune to the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing scissors?

Public Release: 30-Oct-2018 Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system has been generating excitement within the field of gene therapy, inspiring hopes of molecular tools capable of treating genetic diseases. By studying immune responses to CRISPR-Cas9 in humans, researchers from Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin have found […]

Nice people finish last when it comes to money

Public Release: 11-Oct-2018 Agreeable people who place less value on money at a financial disadvantage, study says American Psychological Association WASHINGTON — Nice people may be at greater risk of bankruptcy and other financial hardships compared with their less agreeable peers, not because they are more cooperative, but […]

Democrat/Republican divide is worst it’s ever been

Public Release: 1-Oct-2018   Michigan State University IMAGE: Republicans (red) and Democrats (blue) almost never collaborated in the 2015-2016 U.S. House of Representatives. Credit: Zachary Neal Party polarization is even worse than most people think, according to a new Michigan State University study. And neither party can shoulder […]

Should all babies have their genomes sequenced?

Public Release: 15-Aug-2018 The Hastings Center As the cost of genome sequencing decreases, researchers and clinicians are debating whether all newborns should be sequenced at birth, facilitating a lifetime of personalized medical care. But while sequencing the genomes of some infants may be appropriate in specific contexts, genome-wide […]

Common painkillers triple harmful side effects in dementia

Public Release: 24-Jul-2018 Commonly-prescribed opioid-based painkillers led to harmful side effects tripling in people with dementia University of Exeter Commonly-prescribed opioid-based painkillers led to harmful side effects tripling in people with dementia. Researchers from the University of Exeter, King’s College London and the University of Bergen are presenting […]

Empathetic dogs lend a helping paw

Public Release: 24-Jul-2018   Study shows that dogs that remain calm and show empathy during their owner’s distress help out faster Springer Many dogs show empathy if their owner is in distress and will also try to help rescue them. This is according to Emily M. Sanford, formerly […]

People love to hate on do-gooders, especially at work

Public Release: 20-Jul-2018 University of Guelph Sometimes, it doesn’t pay to be a do-gooder, according to a new University of Guelph study. Highly cooperative and generous people can attract hatred and social punishment, especially in competitive circumstances, the research found. “Most of the time we like the cooperators, […]

Democracy in decline for one-third of the world

PUBLIC RELEASE: 20-JUN-2018   TAYLOR & FRANCIS GROUP 2.6 billion people – a third of the world’s population – live in countries where democracy is in retreat, according to a new study based on the largest dataset on democracy, published today in Democratization. The research also found that […]

The burglary microbiome project

Public Release: 8-Jun-2018   American Society for Microbiology June 8, 2018 – Atlanta, GA – Researchers have demonstrated that microbial signatures, the unique microbial make-up of each individual, from the built environment can identify persons involved in crimes occurring in the home, such as burglaries. The research is […]

Smarter brains run on sparsely connected neurons

Public Release: 17-May-2018 Ruhr-University Bochum The more intelligent a person, the fewer connections there are between the neurons in his cerebral cortex. This is the result of a study conducted by neuroscientists working with Dr Erhan Genç and Christoph Fraenz at Ruhr-Universität Bochum; the study was performed using […]

Research pinpoints optimal age of puppy cuteness

Public Release: 15-May-2018 The popular meme proclaiming that all dogs are puppies assumes that humans’ adoration of canines is not conditional on their age. But a new study led by Clive Wynne, professor of psychology and director of Arizona State University’s Canine Science Collaboratory, suggests otherwise. In a […]

Why some people resist authority

Public Release: 14-May-2018   Neuroimaging research provides new insight into urge to rebel Society for Neuroscience Caption The urge to rebel against control over one’s decisions is associated with the connectivity between parietal and frontal brain regions (shown in color). The stronger the synchronous activation was in these […]

Hostile teachers can lose students 5 percent on test scores

PUBLIC RELEASE: 10-MAY-2018 TAYLOR & FRANCIS GROUP Teachers who antagonize their students by belittling them, showing favoritism, or criticizing their contributions can damage their learning potential, a new study warns. Investigating the influence of teacher ‘misbehavior’ on student learning, a team of communication experts set up a teaching […]

The macabre world of mind-controlling parasites

Public Release: 1-May-2018 The gruesome new field of neuro-parasitology could provide insights into the neurological basis for behavior and decision-making Frontiers Imagine a parasite that makes an animal change its habits, guard the parasite’s offspring or even commit suicide. While mind-control may sound like something out of a […]