The H1N1 swine flu virus kills some people, while others don't get very sick at all. A genetic variation offers one clue. Centre For Infections/Health Pro/Science Photo Library/Getty Images hide caption

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Scientists Urge Temporary Moratorium On Human Genome Edits

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Ebola Is Rapidly Mutating As It Spreads Across West Africa

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Graduate student Jennifer Klunk of McMaster University examines a tooth used to decode the genome of the ancient plague. Courtesy of McMaster University hide caption

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Ancient Plague's DNA Revived From A 1,500-Year-Old Tooth

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The sexually transmitted cancer is common in street dogs around the world. Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Morning Edition talks with NIH's Dr. Francis Collins

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The baobob fruit is one of the 100 traditional African food crops that a group of scientists want to learn more about to improve nutrition. Alexander Joe/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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By sequencing a newborn's genome, doctors could screen for more genetic conditions. But parents could be confronted with confusing or ambiguous data about their baby's health. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Genome Sequencing For Babies Brings Knowledge And Conflicts

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Bats harbor many types of coronaviruses and were probably the original source of the new coronavirus that appeared in the Middle East. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Sara Terry and her son, Christian, in Spring, Texas. After sequencing Christian's genome, doctors were able to diagnose him with a Noonan-like syndrome. Eric Kayne for NPR hide caption

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Doctors Sift Through Patients' Genomes To Solve Medical Mysteries

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