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Curious Father Decodes His Unborn Son's DNA

Geneticist Razib Kahn sequenced the entire genome of his unborn son. He tells NPR's Don Gonyea why he mapped the gene sequence and what he found: For instance, his son probably won't be a picky eater.
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Her Baby Is At Risk; Lauren's Story

They were having a baby. Both she and her husband carry a gene that might cause problems, "might" being a 25 percent chance. Is that high? Low? What to do? Here's the story, nicely drawn, deeply felt.
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As Yosemite Park Turns 150, Charms And Challenges Endure

In 1864, Abraham Lincoln set aside the nation's first federally-protected wilderness areas. Visitors have enjoyed Yosemite's wonders ever since — sometimes to the point of endangering them.
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Lone Passenger Pigeon Escapes Pie Pan, Lands In Smithsonian

Passenger pigeons used to be the most abundant bird in North America. But hunters drove them to extinction, and by 1914, only one was left. A century later, that pigeon, named Martha, is on exhibit.
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If They Want To Make Anything, Proteins Must Know How To Fold

As part of the series "Unfolding Science," NPR's Joe Palca presents the science of protein folding. A properly folded protein keeps you alive; a misfolded protein can kill you.
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When Heat Stroke Strikes, Cool First, Transport Later

To stop deaths from heat stroke, specialists say athletes and the rest of us should ease into a new sport, drink extra fluid, and — most importantly — get cool fast when body temperature spikes.
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Chemist With Visual Flair Answers Burning Food Science Questions

A high school chemistry teacher in the U.K. started honing his visual talents by making posters for students. Now his infographics about food science and chemistry basics are a hit on the Web.
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As Pig Virus Spreads, The Price Of Pork Continues To Rise

Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus has killed more than 7 million piglets in the past year. There's no cure, but a vaccine that may protect piglets has been approved even though it's still being tested.
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A CRISPR Way To Fix Faulty Genes

This technique for manipulating genes borrows a strategy from the way bacteria fight viruses. It's still experimental, but the possibilities excite medical researchers hoping to tailor treatments.
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Did Neanderthals Eat Plants? The Proof May Be In The Poop

Bits of 50,000-year-old poop have provided scientists with clues into what our early Neanderthal ancestors ate. Rather than subsisting on meat alone, the poop suggests they also ate plants.

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