How living GMO algae could electrify rural Africa

How living GMO algae could electrify rural Africa

Fuel cells powered by living algae that are five times more efficient than current models, have been designed by scientists ...
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Designer proteins could help us fight flu, remove gluten from foods

[Researchers have] been stumped by one great mystery: how the building blocks in a protein take their final shape. David ...
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Artificial intelligence: How can we regulate without stifling innovation?

There is disagreement among some of the top minds in technology when it comes to the subject of regulating artificial ...
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Deep learning: Google wants to use retinal photos to predict blood pressure, age, smoking status

Eyes are said to be the window to the soul—but researchers at Google see them as indicators of a person’s ...
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Alzheimer’s treatment breakthrough? ‘Ten years should be enough time’

British neuroscientist Joseph Jebelli first set out to study Alzheimer's because of his grandfather, who developed the disease when Jebelli ...
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‘Junk DNA’: Mining our genome’s dark matter for new disease treatments

The term junk DNA was used to describe sequences that that do not code for proteins. Largely ignored by researchers, ...
Could we fight HIV with new Car-T therapy?

Could we fight HIV with new Car-T therapy?

The same kind of DNA tinkering that produced the first FDA-approved gene therapy for cancer has shown hints of suppressing and even ...
Saudi Arabia requires premarital genetic screening. How is it working out?

Saudi Arabia requires premarital genetic screening. How is it working out?

In Saudi Arabia, if you’re planning to tie the knot, there’s a step you must go through that doesn’t happen ...
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Balancing cancer detection and finding false positives: Enhancing tumor imaging technology provides guidance

Many forms of cancer go undetected until a later stage, making them hard to treat and putting patients at greater ...
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Male pregnancy may be closer than you think

As women begin to receive uterine transplants, the question is being asked of when they will be available for men ...
Typing directly from your brain, and other neuroscience technologies to watch in 2018

Typing directly from your brain, and other neuroscience technologies to watch in 2018

Here are three fast-moving areas of neuroscience we’ll be watching in 2018: … [S]cientists at Brown University are developing salt-grain-sized ...
Nanofabrication: Technology to manufacture almost anything

Nanofabrication: Technology to manufacture almost anything

James Burke has a vision for the future. He believes that by the middle of this century, perhaps as early as ...
How CRISPR gene editing is revolutionizing the world–and why we need to cautious about it

How CRISPR gene editing is revolutionizing the world–and why we need to cautious about it

Until recently, gene editing used to be relegated to science fiction novels and movies. The idea of being able to ...
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Navigating the ‘promise and peril’ of bioengineering

We’re standing on the threshold of extraordinary capability in synthetic biology. CRISPR-Cas9, the genome editing technique discovered in 2014, is ...
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Personalized piglets could offer insights into disease progression in children

To better understand [incurable inherited disease neurofibromatosis type 1, Charles] Konsitzke learned, you need a species that’s closer in both ...
How tricking mosquitos into thinking they’ve already mated could fight disease

How tricking mosquitos into thinking they’ve already mated could fight disease

If you thought the sex lives of humans were complicated, consider the case of the female Aedes aegypti mosquito, bringer of Zika, ...
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Yeast-grown synthetic spider silk could be the next luxury fabric

The elusive science behind crafting synthetic spider's silk is no longer elusive. In fact, it’s scalable enough that customers can ...
Isolating DNA for research inexpensively in 30 seconds

Isolating DNA for research inexpensively in 30 seconds

The ability to extract DNA from cells is a cornerstone of molecular biology. Without the ability to isolate pure DNA, there ...
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Astroplastic: Making tools from human feces could aid space travel

A University of Calgary team has flushed the competition with a project that sets out to convert astronaut poop into ...
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How DNA can be manipulated to recreate the Mona Lisa

Researchers from Caltech have developed an inexpensive, facile technique for creating very large self-assembling DNA origami structures with customisable patterns ...
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First US baby born from living donor uterus transplant

For the first time in the United States, a woman who had a uterus transplant has given birth. The mother, ...
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‘Living tattoo’ made with 3D-printed bacteria responds to stimuli

A team at MIT has genetically modified bacteria cells and developed a new 3D printing technique to create a "living ...
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Quest to find aliens boosted by new technology and funding

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence is bigger than ever, thanks to a big cash infusion from Russian billionaire Yuri Milner ...
Future of heart medicine: Stem cells to grow cardiac muscle and smaller medical implants

Future of heart medicine: Stem cells to grow cardiac muscle and smaller medical implants

If heart transplantation - 50 years after Christiaan Barnard carried out the first operation - has become routine, what exactly ...
Building and coding your own video games with jellyfish DNA

Building and coding your own video games with jellyfish DNA

[Engineer Helene Steiner] has developed a bio-pixel display that can play games such as Tetris, Snake or Pong using the ...
Genomics AI tool: Google’s DeepVariant released as open source

Genomics AI tool: Google’s DeepVariant released as open source

A novel artificial intelligence tool that can accurately call out variants in sequencing data was released as open source on the ...
Video: World’s tiniest tape recorder made with CRISPR and built from microbes

Video: World’s tiniest tape recorder made with CRISPR and built from microbes

[H]ere’s a use for the bacteria we bet you’ve never considered: Scientists at Columbia University Medical Center have created the world’s ...
Should we 'genetically modify' humans to fit the demands of space travel?

Should we ‘genetically modify’ humans to fit the demands of space travel?

It takes something special to be an astronaut – an extraordinary combination of bravery, fitness, intelligence, lightning-fast decision-making and calmness ...