Ancient epigenetic changes silence cancer-linked genes

An epigenetic change, a form of DNA control, that deactivates some genes linked to cancer late in human development has been conserved for more than 400 million years, new research led by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research suggests. Researchers uncovered that genes turned on in some cancers in humans also exist in zebrafish—but are ‘silenced’ within just hours of […]

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We reveal our guide to the best crackers for healthy snackers

From genius carb cutter bread crisps to ancient oatcakes, we reveal our guide to the best crackers for healthy snackers Having a couple of crackers with cheese or dips may seem innocent enough. But these moreish savouries can add hundreds of calories as well as a substantial amount of fat and salt to your diet. There are now many ‘healthy’ […]

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Preventing addiction with insight from scruffy dogs and ancient meditation

When Ivan Pavlov was measuring dog slobber at the turn of the 20th century, he could not have imagined all the ways his classical conditioning research would shape the future of scientific discovery. Today, there is substantial research suggesting that conditioned behaviors—such as smoking after a meal—sustain unhealthy habits. It follows that by preventing the development of certain conditioned behaviors, […]

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Roots and shoots: China seeks new markets for ancient medicines

A crowd gathers at a Shanghai hospital, queuing for remedies made with plant mixtures and animal parts including scorpions and freeze-dried millipedes—medicines that China hopes will find an audience overseas. With a history going back 2,400 years, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is deeply rooted in the country and remains popular despite access to Western pharmaceuticals. Now the authorities are hoping […]

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