Cause and Effect


The Guardian's Datablog features a new report from Cancer Research UK detailing the various causes of cancer, and showing that many of these causes are lifestyle-driven and can be changed. Of all cancers reported in the UK each year, more than 100,000 are caused by lifestyle factors like smoking, diet, alcohol, and obesity, Cancer Research UK found.

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The London School of Economics' Daniele Fanelli argues at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the reproducibility crisis in science isn't as dire as some say.

A team of researchers in Portugal has examined the genomic basis for racing pigeons' athleticism and navigational skills, finding it's likely polygenic.

Wired reports that diagnostic firms continue to seek, post-Theranos, the ability to diagnose diseases from small amounts of blood.

In Science this week: analysis of DNA from ancient North Africans, and more.