Looking for a few DNA needles in a million haystacks in the hunt for disease cures

Looking for a few DNA needles in a million haystacks in the hunt for disease cures

The Resilience Project wants to find people with genes that should cause extremely rare diseases, but who never developed the ...

Will whole-genome sequencing become the norm?

The first thing Debbie Jorde noticed about her newborn daughter was that her arms were bent at unnatural angles. She ...
Promise of CRISPR gene editing--and the challenges

Promise of CRISPR gene editing–and the challenges

Two papers published in the last week were signal events for agricultural genomics. First was the draft of the huge, and ...
For Jamaican athletes, speediness is in the genes

For Jamaican athletes, speediness is in the genes

Let's put political correctness aside: World class athletic ability is in the genes, and the success of Jamaican sprinting just ...
Tallying the supercentenarians

Tallying the supercentenarians

The recent death of 111 year old Alexander Imich highlighted the difficulties in keeping track of the world's oldest people, ...
Video: Genetic engineering allows MIT researchers to implant false memories

Video: Genetic engineering allows MIT researchers to implant false memories

Can you install a false memory in the brain? Researchers at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory have shown ...

Measuring change in adult brains

Popular neuroscience books have made much in recent years of the possibility that the adult brain is capable of restoring ...
Video: Consciousness has an on-off switch?

Video: Consciousness has an on-off switch?

While trying to treat a woman's epilepsy, doctors at George Washington University may have inadvertently found brain structures that house ...
Practice does not make perfect: Expertise requires Innate talent

Practice does not make perfect: Expertise requires Innate talent

Scientists have long argued over the relative contributions of practice and native talent to the development of elite performance. This ...

In the future, brain implants will cure paralysis and disease

nside the biomedical electronics lab at GE Global Research in Niskayuna, New York, Jeff Ashe, a principal engineer, holds up ...

Brain recording lets scientists watch treatments in action, but could harm memory

The man in the hospital bed was playing video games on a laptop, absorbed and relaxed despite the bustle of ...

Microscopic computers go down like pills

What if you could swallow a computer the size of a poppy seed, and it could report back exactly if ...

Transhumanists target hunger with soy-based nutrition in third world communities

Can DIY-Soylent cure the pangs of World Hunger? Can the alchemists of future food collect sufficient funds to fill the ...
Power to edit who you are

Power to edit who you are

Gene editing in humans will soon become a treatment reality. But how will society determine which conditions deserve this treatment ...
What neuroscience can tell us about PTSD and how to rewrite our memories

What neuroscience can tell us about PTSD and how to rewrite our memories

Fear and memory share many connections in the brain. By understanding that physiology and relationship, neuroscientist Daniela Schiller hopes to ...

To fight aging, second languages and new hobbies may keep brain limber

We all know that exercise helps keep our hearts healthy, but what keeps our brains in top form? Researchers are ...
U.S. Brain Initiative budget will rival that of Human Genome Project

U.S. Brain Initiative budget will rival that of Human Genome Project

The National Institutes of Health set an ambitious $4.5 billion price tag on its part of President Obama’s Brain Initiative ...
Cold case: Cryogenics may enter modern emergency care

Cold case: Cryogenics may enter modern emergency care

Cryogenic preservation has long been fodder for science fiction films. But, emergency room doctors in Pittsburgh hope to save severely ...
"Aliens of the sea" show there's more than one way to build a brain

“Aliens of the sea” show there’s more than one way to build a brain

Comb jellies are surreal creatures that are more unique than previously thought; they appear to have evolved their own brains ...
Girls who never grow up offer clues for aging research

Girls who never grow up offer clues for aging research

An exceptionally rare genetic disorder causes a handful of girls to never age. Could they offer clues to help us ...

Uploading his brain to computer, neuroscientist looks for key to extending life

In the back of the audience, carefully reviewing his notes, sat Randal Koene, a bespectacled neuroscientist wearing black cargo pants, ...

Do we need regulation for coming brain augmentation technologies?

If you could permanently change your brain to work better, would you? Or, maybe more importantly, would you have the ...

Pig heart transplants successful in baboons, offer hope for human organ shortage

The unprecedented survival of pig hearts in four baboons for almost 600 days has revived hopes that animal organs could ...

Mind uploading won’t work becaues consciousness can’t be transferred

Uploading one's mind into a computer, a concept popularized by the 2014 movie Transcendence starring Johnny Depp, is likely to ...
Old blood, new science: 115-year-old woman's blood suggests lifespan depends on stem cells

Old blood, new science: 115-year-old woman’s blood suggests lifespan depends on stem cells

The blood of one of the oldest women to have lived -- and quite possibly the oldest to ever donate ...

Google’s biotech company Calico poaches prominent SF geneticist

Google's mysterious health venture dedicated to extending human life has quietly lured a prominent scientist away from UCSF, The Chronicle ...
Genetically engineering humans for enlightenment?

Genetically engineering humans for enlightenment?

Transhumanist David Pearce thinks the best way to create a better world is through genetic engineering to halt human and ...
Brain implants may help monitor neurological problems, address depression and Parkinson's

Brain implants may help monitor neurological problems, address depression and Parkinson’s

Helen Shen at Nature chronicles a new class of deep brain implant that not only helps treat Parkinson's but may, ...

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