World Anti-Doping Agency says 'no' to gene editing in sports competitions

World Anti-Doping Agency says ‘no’ to gene editing in sports competitions

The battle between sports cheats and testers is poised to enter a whole new arena. The World Anti-Doping Agency has ...
Ethical debates swirl around gene-editing decisions

Ethical debates swirl around gene-editing decisions

[Editor's note: Joselin Linder is the author of the book "The Family Gene: A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance ...
Viewpoint: There’s no reason to panic over human germline editing

Viewpoint: There’s no reason to panic over human germline editing

[Editor's note: Hank Greely is a professor of law and genetics at Stanford University.] Controversy has raged about editing human ...
The quest to make CRISPR gene editing as easy as a smartphone app

The quest to make CRISPR gene editing as easy as a smartphone app

[Biohacker Josiah Zayner] lives and works in Oakland, California, where he's converted a house into a scientific lab. Here, he ...
Getting behind the genetics of high-altitude adjustments

Getting behind the genetics of high-altitude adjustments

People who both travel to and live at high altitudes typically cope with lower oxygen levels by increasing red blood ...
Microsoft’s foray into the quest to cure cancer

Microsoft’s foray into the quest to cure cancer

As Digital Journal has recently reported Microsoft has recently launched Healthcare NeXT, which is a cloud-based, artificial intelligence and research project ...
NASA Twins Study finds thousands of epigenetic changes in astronaut Scott Kelly

NASA Twins Study finds thousands of epigenetic changes in astronaut Scott Kelly

When astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth after a year floating about the International Space Station, he was noticeably different from his ...
Video: Combating aging in our lifetime

Video: Combating aging in our lifetime

[A] new video from Kurzgesagt presents several technologies close to completion that could make a big impact on how we ...
CRISPR at home: Is it really that easy to hack DNA?

CRISPR at home: Is it really that easy to hack DNA?

I am not a DIY scientist, much less a professional scientist. You won’t find me swabbing my cheek cells for ...
Immortal dictators: Is there a downside to life-extending technologies?

Immortal dictators: Is there a downside to life-extending technologies?

Suppose there was a country ruled by an evil dictator. Further, suppose the entire world was plagued by a terrible ...
Could Alzheimer’s originate outside the brain?

Could Alzheimer’s originate outside the brain?

We associate Alzheimer’s with physical deterioration in the brain, but new research shows the nerve damage responsible for Alzheimer’s onset ...
Mars missions: What would long-term space travel do to the brain?

Mars missions: What would long-term space travel do to the brain?

In a NASA-funded study published on [November 1], Dr. Donna Roberts of the Medical University of South Carolina and her ...
Viewpoint: ‘Gattaca’ reminds us that gene editing has dark possibilities

Viewpoint: ‘Gattaca’ reminds us that gene editing has dark possibilities

[Editor's note: Osagie Obasogie is a professor of bioethics at the University of California-Berkeley.] Set in the not-too-distant future, the ...
Creating a brain cell ‘periodic table’ from live tissue

Creating a brain cell ‘periodic table’ from live tissue

There are 86 billion neurons in the human brain and no two of them are exactly alike. If doctors and ...
Universally shared biodata could create powerful ‘internet of living things’

Universally shared biodata could create powerful ‘internet of living things’

Imagine students in universities becoming the first “sequencing line of defense” by detecting bacteria resistant to antibiotics and educating their ...
IQ debate: How much of intelligence is determined by genetics?

IQ debate: How much of intelligence is determined by genetics?

[Editor's note: Robert Plomin is deputy director of the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Center at King’s College London.] ...
Rooting racism and sexism out of artificial intelligence

Rooting racism and sexism out of artificial intelligence

In 2016, Microsoft released a “playful” chatbot named Tay onto Twitter designed to show off the tech giant’s burgeoning artificial ...
‘Designer babies’ are coming soon, but who gets to have them?

‘Designer babies’ are coming soon, but who gets to have them?

Designer babies are coming in 20 to 30 years. Your children will be able to select, to some degree, their ...
Keeping aging at bay by killing ‘zombie cells’

Keeping aging at bay by killing ‘zombie cells’

[Jan] van Deursen and his colleagues at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, [had] an idea: could killing off these 'zombie' ...
Ancient incompatibility: Why human females and Neanderthal males had difficulty conceiving

Ancient incompatibility: Why human females and Neanderthal males had difficulty conceiving

After years of sequencing the genomes of female Neandertals, researchers have finally got their first good look at the Y ...
How our brain perceives time

How our brain perceives time

Internal time perception is complex, involving disperse areas of the brain. But a new field of research called neurorelativity, using ...
Biohackers help 'patient' inject himself with experimental HIV treatment—live on Facebook

Biohackers help ‘patient’ inject himself with experimental HIV treatment—live on Facebook

[Tristan] Roberts is about to inject himself with an experimental gene therapy for HIV, a DIY prototype treatment designed by ...
CRISPR 2.0 'base editing' arrives and it's an even more remarkable disease-fighting tool

CRISPR 2.0 ‘base editing’ arrives and it’s an even more remarkable disease-fighting tool

You’ve probably heard of the molecular scalpel CRISPR-Cas9, which can edit or delete whole genes. Now, scientists have developed a ...
Protecting against cancer: What can we learn from animals who live for centuries

Protecting against cancer: What can we learn from animals who live for centuries

There are an increasing number of genetic clues from animals that could provide hints to treating aging and age related ...
How epigenetics is linked to drug resistance

How epigenetics is linked to drug resistance

Scientists at Vanderbilt University say they have discovered a nongenetic cause of resistance to cetuximab, a therapeutic that is used ...
Google's self-learning AI starts with blank slate and 'creates knowledge itself'

Google’s self-learning AI starts with blank slate and ‘creates knowledge itself’

Google’s artificial intelligence group, DeepMind, has unveiled the latest incarnation of its Go-playing program, AlphaGo – an AI so powerful that ...
Cutting calories likely lengthens lifespans—but why?

Cutting calories likely lengthens lifespans—but why?

Nearly a century ago, researchers discovered that cutting calorie intake was actually able to extend lifespan in various animal species ...
Viewpoint: Is having children immoral?

Viewpoint: Is having children immoral?

[Editor's note: David Benatar is a professor of philosophy and head of the department of philosophy at the University of Cape Town, ...