Devon Ryan: It’s in the genes – there may be hope for pikas hit by climate change, Stanford researchers find

As climate change drives mountain-dwelling pikas to higher altitudes, the animals can dial certain genes up or down to make the most of their cooler home's limited oxygen.

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Boom and busted.

On a cold day in June, Scott Pegau leans toward the passenger window of a Cessna floatplane and peers out at the teal waters of Prince William Sound. The glacier-rimmed pocket of seawater on the southern coast of Alaska is protected from the open ocean by a string of rugged islands. It is both moody and alluring. Clouds dally on the snowy peaks and fray against the forested hillsides. The sea is flat and frigid, except for a single row of waves lapping at the rocky shore.

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What does the environment have to do with autism?

The search for autism’s causes is a daunting task — but researchers are investigating a variety of factors that might play a role.

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Smoking changes lung cells, primes them to develop cancer, say researchers.

NEW YORK, Sept 12 — Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke can change lung cells over time, making them more vulnerable to disease and priming them to develop cancer, US researchers said yesterday.

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Studies shed new light on the EDC potential of BPA & BPS.

While bisphenol A is a known endocrine-disrupting compound (EDC), its substitute bisphenol S has been shown to be worrisome as well. Three new studies add more evidence that exposure to these EDCs early in life will likely lead to serious health issues later in life.

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The great soy formula experiment.

Soy milk and soy formula contain potent human hormone disruptors. We don’t know what this means for child development.

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Genetics playing a growing role in intersection of nutrition and health.

Dr. Erin Kinney used to assess patients nutritional needs with an analysis of their eating habits and family and medical histories. Nowadays the Arnold naturopathic doctor is delving deeper and also analyzing her patients' genetic makeup.

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Can your DNA tell you the healthiest way to live your life?

Genetic-sequencing companies are going beyond ancestry and disease risk to offer specific lifestyle recommendations.

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Chemicals aren't people. They shouldn't be presumed innocent.

A parliamentary committee review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act — our most important environmental law — has largely flown under the radar.

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Zika grabs neural stem cell protein to cause damage.

The new findings, obtained from cell culture experiments, could explain the link between infection with the virus during pregnancy and infant microcephaly.

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Can shellfish adapt to ocean acidification?

Scientists explore the genomes of oysters and clams to help the shellfish industry survive changes in the ocean’s chemistry

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Toxic-triggered anxiety.

When you plunk an adult zebrafish into an unfamiliar tank, it will behave predictably: the small, striped, freshwater minnow freezes for up to a minute, slowly begins to explore the tank, and then, when it’s good and ready, swims around as if it’s been there the whole time. The zebrafish’s literal test of the waters is a survival instinct that directs the fish to proceed with caution.

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