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MIT-3D_0 12/6/17

‘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 ...
alien search 12/6/17

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 ...
So much data to store: Can DNA solve our problem?

So much data to store: Can DNA solve our problem?

Many pundits predict it’s just a matter of time till DNA pips magnetic tape as the ultimate way to store ...
How gene therapy could help fight methamphetamine addiction

How gene therapy could help fight methamphetamine addiction

Gene therapy, which modifies a person’s DNA, has long been thought of as a way to treat genetic diseases—and, more recently, ...
Nano-mapping DNA mutations with CRISPR could transform disease treatment

Nano-mapping DNA mutations with CRISPR could transform disease treatment

A team of scientists led by Virginia Commonwealth University physicist Jason Reed, Ph.D., have developed new nanomapping technology that could ...
Evidence ancient humans not 'violent apes' but distinctly compassionate

Evidence ancient humans not ‘violent apes’ but distinctly compassionate

[Editor's note: Penny Spikins is an archaeologist who specializes in early prehistory and human origins.] Yes, there is evidence of interpersonal violence ...
Searching for extraterrestrial life: Finding the right communication technology

Searching for extraterrestrial life: Finding the right communication technology

Scientists are looking for evidence of extraterrestrial communication across interstellar space. But what if other intelligent life forms are using ...
Fighting aging: Mutation found in Amish population adds 10 years to lifespan

Fighting aging: Mutation found in Amish population adds 10 years to lifespan

New research now shows that some humans possess a genetic equivalent to [an anti-aging] drug. A small number of Amish people in ...
Should we populate other habitable worlds with life from Earth?

Should we populate other habitable worlds with life from Earth?

Our galaxy may contain billions of habitable worlds that don’t host any life. Should we attempt to change that? Claudius ...
Can gene tweaking lower our cholesterol? Using CRISPR and nanotechnology in mice

Can gene tweaking lower our cholesterol? Using CRISPR and nanotechnology in mice

U.S. researchers have used nanotechnology plus the powerful CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing tool to turn off a key cholesterol-related gene in ...
Viewpoint: Ethical arguments against gene-edited embryos will crumble as technology advances

Viewpoint: Ethical arguments against gene-edited embryos will crumble as technology advances

[Editor's note: Michael White is a genetics professor at Washington University in St. Louis.] [S]cientists have developed an easy way to ...
Video: CRISPR gene editing in real time

Video: CRISPR gene editing in real time

[Researcher Osamu] Nureki’s paper was published in Nature Communications Friday, and by early morning, the video that astonished the room in [a CRISPR ...
Nanotechnology might help farmers fight climate change, pests and disease–and boost yields

Nanotechnology might help farmers fight climate change, pests and disease–and boost yields

Researchers are exploring the impact of using nanoscale nutrients––including copper––on eggplants and other crops. While early results have shown substantial ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...