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The Genes Behind Human Skin Colour

S u m m a r y : New genes coding for human skin colour have been discovered by a team of geneticists studying a variety of African groups. The findings are published in the journal Science. Broad Diversity in Skin Colour Skin colour elicits many different kind of emotions and responses throughout the different

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Fungi in Humans Linked With Obesity

S u m m a r y : Changes in fungi residing in the human gut might be involved in the development of metabolic problems like obesity, says a new study published in the journal mSphere. The Micro-World Inside of Humans We are not alone—our body cells are in close proximity with foreign cells, that

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Scratch Yourself to Avoid Fights, Says Science!

S u m m a r y : How to avoid aggression? Scratch yourself in stress, suggests a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Fight, Flight, or Scratching? When you’re stressed that a fight might erupt between people, your stress can actually help you. No, not in the usual fight-or-flight, adrenaline-fuelled way. But,

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Vampires Are People With Rare Blood Disorder, Says Science

S u m m a r y : Vampires might have actually existed. Okay, not your regular Dracula/Salvatore-Brothers/Twilight kind of vampires! But, in the form of people with rare blood disorders known as porphyria, suggests a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Real Vampire Stories? What if vampires

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Farmers and their Cheese Changed the Human Skull!

S u m m a r y : Farming came with dairy products like cheese, a combination that changed the shape of the human skull years and years ago! The findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Foragers to Farmers: Skull Changes When farming became a thing among earlier human

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Your Menses Don’t Affect Your Brain!

S u m m a r y : Ladies, your menses don’t change the way your brain works! Or so says a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. Breaking a Long-Held Belief Menstruation does not affect cognition. The new findings, thus, come as a challenge to the long-held belief that hormonal

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Living Organism Archaea Crawling on Your Skin

S u m m a r y : Microorganism archaea are present on your skin, and you don’t even know it! Bacteria Are Not the Only Ones We all know that bacteria are all over our skin, and deep inside of us. We are not alone—other organisms live intimately with(in) us. Guess what now, bacteria

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No Limit to Ageing, Says Science!

S u m m a r y : Humans have no maximum lifespan, suggests a new study published in Nature. No Age Limit! So, apparently, humans can live till however long they can live—there is no age limit to their lifespan. While we all have an ‘expiry date’, the human race itself does not have

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Lover’s Touch Synchronises Heartbeat Rate & Eases Pain

S u m m a r y : With a lover’s magical touch, pain subsides as the hearts and breathing of both partners synchronise, shows a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Analgesic Touch Researchers from Colorado University have discovered a new way to ease one’s pain—an empathetic lover’s touch. It works through

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Preference to Certain Diets Changes DNA

Summary: Shifts in diets 10,000 years ago led to genetic adaptations that coded for a preference for dietary trends of that time, suggests a new study published in the journal Nature Ecology & Evolution. The findings might help researchers to build custom-made diets based on a person’s genome to boost health, and protect from disease,

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Tobacco Smoking Causes DNA Damage

Summary: The DNA damage done by tobacco smoking has been shown at high resolution throughout the genome in a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Cigarette smoking is extremely harmful down to the DNA—a fact that scientists have known for years now. However, for the first time, a

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Type I Diabetes Cured With BCG Vaccine

Type I diabetes might be reversed with the BCG vaccine, suggests new findings presented at the 75th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association. The vaccine known as bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) has been tested on type I diabetes in an FDA-approved clinical trial. Diabetes type I, unlike diabetes type II, is an autoimmune disease whereby

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