‘We create mosquito sex parties’: How an eco-friendly, AI-guided release of sterile mosquito females might control the scourge of disease-carrying insects

‘We create mosquito sex parties’: How an eco-friendly, AI-guided release of sterile mosquito females might control the scourge of disease-carrying insects

Jerusalem-based Diptera.ai has figured out a way to use AI to fight the growing threat of mosquitoes, which are spreading ...
Viewpoint: Eric Lander is the first geneticist to direct US science policy. Here’s how he can harness the biotechnology revolution

Viewpoint: Eric Lander is the first geneticist to direct US science policy. Here’s how he can harness the biotechnology revolution

Eric Lander—geneticist, mathematician, president and founding director of the Broad Institute— took the helm on June 2 as director of the Office of Science and ...
How genetic engineering will help make fishing more sustainable

How genetic engineering will help make fishing more sustainable

After an arduous process that took more than 25 years from time of conception to commercialization, the GMO salmon was ...
Forest of the future: Maine conservationists plant American genetically modified chestnut trees in hopes of reviving near-dead species

Forest of the future: Maine conservationists plant American genetically modified chestnut trees in hopes of reviving near-dead species

Though some are still scattered across the country, the [American] chestnut has been functionally extinct for 70 years.  But science ...
Despite breakthroughs in understanding why we age, slowing the inevitable is proving impossible

Despite breakthroughs in understanding why we age, slowing the inevitable is proving impossible

Backed by governments, business, academics and investors in an industry worth $110bn (£82.5bn) – and estimated to be worth $610bn ...
Can you market your genome as a non-fungible token (NFT)?

Can you market your genome as a non-fungible token (NFT)?

In the past few months, [a novel cryptocurrency asset called] non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, have become the hot new investment ...
Israeli scientists have used gene editing to extend the life expectancy of mice by 23 percent. Can it be done to humans?

Israeli scientists have used gene editing to extend the life expectancy of mice by 23 percent. Can it be done to humans?

Researchers at the Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel said they’ve been able to increase the supply of SIRT6, a protein ...
Viewpoint: Can we adequately feed 10 billion people by 2050? Dutch scientists say yes, but the key is genetic engineering breakthroughs

Viewpoint: Can we adequately feed 10 billion people by 2050? Dutch scientists say yes, but the key is genetic engineering breakthroughs

The goal is to produce twice as much food using half the land and half the inputs. These changes are ...
‘No-kill meals’ made from lab-grown meat promise huge environmental and ethical benefits. What are the downsides?

‘No-kill meals’ made from lab-grown meat promise huge environmental and ethical benefits. What are the downsides?

We have pescatarians, vegans, flexitarians, locavores and of course vegetarians. But what’s the word for those of us who make ...
Is Bill Gates behind the release of disease-fighting sterile GMO mosquitoes in Florida?

Is Bill Gates behind the release of disease-fighting sterile GMO mosquitoes in Florida?

A multi-year research project to genetically modify Aedes aegypti, a mosquito species that is known to carry and transmit infectious ...
Tough time recovering from jet lag? US government-university partnership developing implantable ‘living pharmacy’ to control our circadian clocks

Tough time recovering from jet lag? US government-university partnership developing implantable ‘living pharmacy’ to control our circadian clocks

A Northwestern University-led team of researchers has signed a cooperative agreement with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a ...
1/3 of 1%: Alternative protein sources such as Impossible Burger still represent a tiny share of consumer purchases — but polling shows consumers are open to switch

1/3 of 1%: Alternative protein sources such as Impossible Burger still represent a tiny share of consumer purchases — but polling shows consumers are open to switch

If you had three options in front of you: farm-raised beef, lab-grown meat and Impossible Foods protein — what would ...
The mRNA biotechnology revolution unleashed by COVID vaccine breakthroughs is just beginning — and it will impact disease research for decades to come

The mRNA biotechnology revolution unleashed by COVID vaccine breakthroughs is just beginning — and it will impact disease research for decades to come

The messenger RNA, or mRNA, platform may be new to the global public, but it's a technology that researchers had ...
Our DNA can store a staggering amount of information in an almost inconceivably small volume

Our DNA can store a staggering amount of information in an almost inconceivably small volume

The prevailing long-term cold-storage method, which dates from the 1950s, writes data to pizza-sized reels of magnetic tape. By comparison, ...
Can we grow chickpeas on the moon? It’s possible — and here’s why we just might want to do it

Can we grow chickpeas on the moon? It’s possible — and here’s why we just might want to do it

Lots of people get ideas, but when you’re a Stanford biophysics Ph.D. candidate who has already sent a lander to ...
The smartest person in the cockpit: How Artificial Intelligence is guiding the emerging travel boom

The smartest person in the cockpit: How Artificial Intelligence is guiding the emerging travel boom

A storm cell near Oklahoma City was likely to turn into a thunderstorm around the time Flight 1405 took off, ...
Cell-based breast milk for mothers and babies inches towards reality

Cell-based breast milk for mothers and babies inches towards reality

Durham, North Carolina-based women-founded startup Biomilq has successfully farmed human breast milk outside the body, the company has announced [June ...
Too smart for our own good: How artificial superintelligence could lead to humanity’s demise

Too smart for our own good: How artificial superintelligence could lead to humanity’s demise

Imagine systems, whether biological or artificial, with levels of intelligence equal to or far greater than human intelligence. Radically enhanced ...
Viewpoint: Is aquaculture good for the planet? Here's a carbon footprint sustainability snapshot

Viewpoint: Is aquaculture good for the planet? Here’s a carbon footprint sustainability snapshot

Reliable figures on the carbon footprints of different aquaculture species are hard to find – not least due to the ...
Humanized pigs: How scientists bioengineered swine with human immune systems to accelerate research on viruses, vaccines, cancer and stem cell therapeutics

Humanized pigs: How scientists bioengineered swine with human immune systems to accelerate research on viruses, vaccines, cancer and stem cell therapeutics

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires all new medicines to be tested in animals before use in people. Pigs make ...
X-ray vision to peer into the rubble of collapsed buildings or check for booby traps? The science of the future is now

X-ray vision to peer into the rubble of collapsed buildings or check for booby traps? The science of the future is now

Within seconds after reaching a city, earthquakes can cause immense destruction: Houses crumble, high-rises turn to rubble, people and animals ...
Is machine-based mind control on the near horizon?

Is machine-based mind control on the near horizon?

Laser beams, ultrasound, electromagnetic pulses, mild alternating and direct current stimulation and other methods now allow access to, and manipulation ...
Space wine: How sending grapevines into orbit could protect the wine industry from devastating impacts of climate change

Space wine: How sending grapevines into orbit could protect the wine industry from devastating impacts of climate change

[A] group of scientists is cultivating the next generation of mutant grapes, which they hope will be resistant to shocks ...
Ditching disposable: How a circular food system — where waste becomes new products — could boost food security and the economy

Ditching disposable: How a circular food system — where waste becomes new products — could boost food security and the economy

Linear economies follow a “take-make-dispose” plan in which raw materials are collected, transformed into a product and used until discarded ...
Greenhouse gas emissions from farming wild lobster and shrimp often eclipse livestock emissions. Animal-free chickpea-based seafood could cut our carbon footprint

Greenhouse gas emissions from farming wild lobster and shrimp often eclipse livestock emissions. Animal-free chickpea-based seafood could cut our carbon footprint

In 2016 alone, marine-fishing vessels released 207 million tons of CO2 into the atmosphere, compared to just 47 million in ...
Live to 150? That’s what some AI algorithms claim is possible. What does the science say?

Live to 150? That’s what some AI algorithms claim is possible. What does the science say?

We’re obsessed with aging. In the quest to prolong life while remaining healthy, people have tried everything from turtle soup ...
Video: An extra thumb? Here’s a real life demonstration of how it could change how we live

Video: An extra thumb? Here’s a real life demonstration of how it could change how we live

A thorough research carried out by the University College London (UCL) in collaboration with Dani Clode Design, wanted to see ...
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