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Stem cell therapy may be effective treatment for Parkinson’s disease

Stem cells can be used to heal the damage in the brain caused by Parkinson's disease, according to scientists in ...
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Are Fluffy and Fido key to anti-aging research?

Dogs may join yeast and mice as candidates for large scale studies investigating drugs that may one day solve age-related ...

Pominent US biologist lectures UK Parliament: ‘Three-parent’ IVF too uncertain to be safe

This open letter was written by Paul Knoepfler, associate professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Human Anatomy, the Genome ...

Human genes can replace animal models in ‘knockout’ studies

Scientists are proposing new method of researching genetic disease, which was discussed at the recent American Society of Human Genetics ...

Lab-grown miniature organs pave way for research on stomach disease

For the first time, scientists have made lab-grown stomachs in a petri dish. The feat was accomplished at the Cincinnati ...

Is egg freezing a smart move for companies and employees?

The announcement that Apple and Facebook will start offering female employees a $20,000 benefit to freeze their eggs and delay childbirth has ...

Do ‘brain games’ live up to their hype?

Some neuroscientists are speaking out against "brain games," computer-based games that purportedly improve memory and cognitive functioning, and even claim to ...

Human intestinal tissue successfully grown in mice

A segment of human intestine has been grown in laboratory mice for the first time as part of research that ...
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‘Designer cells’ produce disease treating antibodies

The clear plastic bags contain a liquid somewhere between orange and pink; quite fetching, but more importantly an indication that ...
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Why Apple and Facebook are paying female employees to freeze eggs

The workforces of Facebook and Apple are 69 percent and 70 percent male, and the companies have been getting a lot of flack for ...

Can the ability to learn be restored in an aging brain?

The time window for the brain to develop optimal connections based on learning and experience is relatively short-lived, occurring prior ...

In Kenya, GMO ban casts shadow over biotech research and education

University lecturers have said the ban on genetically modified materials has caused many students to opt out of biotechnology courses ...
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Restoring eyesight, human embryonic stem cell trial marks major milestone

Wills Eye Institute ophthalmologist Carl Regillo delicately placed 100,000 cells beneath the retina of 52-year-old Maurie Hill’s left eye. She ...

Penises grown from stem cells may soon be used for transplants

Penises grown in laboratories could soon be tested on men by scientists developing technology to help people with congenital abnormalities, ...
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Woman with uterus transplant successfully gives birth to baby boy

In what's being hailed as a huge step in fertility and reproduction science, doctors in Sweden say a woman has ...

Critics of ‘three-person’ IVF: Media oversimplifies role of mitochondrial genome

If you’ve read anything at all promoting 3-person IVF, you’ve no doubt seen the analogy that the cellular organelles called mitochondria ...

IBM’s Watson assesses genetic risk for sudden cardiac arrest

Sudden cardiac arrests kill someone every five seconds. Now the fact-finding power of Watson, IBM's Jeopardy-winning supercomputer, is being harnessed to help ...
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What’s life like for the transgendered after sexual reassignment surgery?

People who identify with a gender other than the one they were born with often suffer from societal pressures and ...
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Is the search for “IQ genes” a fool’s errand?

Science writer David Dobbs has definitively described the voracious appetite of the "selfish gene" meme, pointing out that the notion of individual ...
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Who makes better space travelers–introverts or extroverts?

Is the long-run future of civilization to select-for those who are introverts? Is intro/extroversion genetically mediated? How might extended space ...

What does increasing life expectancy mean for future society?

If current trends persist, we can expect that Americans born in the year 2084 will live to be 100. That's up ...
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As 60 becomes new definition of middle-aged, how is human society changing?

For millennia, if not for eons—anthropology continuously pushes backward the time of human origin—life expectancy was short. The few people ...
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More evidence IQ is in the genes

It was named the language gene before we really understood what it did. Now mice given the human version of ...
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Live to be 100+? Extreme longevity research is futuristic privatized enterprise

When longevity research is privately funded, what happens when the money runs dry? ...
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Human enhancement upsets extremists on left and right

The prospects of a fast-approaching Age of Enhancement evokes caution in almost everyone, scientist or otherwise. It has been the ...

Engineered spleen fights sepsis

Researchers have developed a high-tech method to rid the body of infections — even those caused by unknown pathogens. A ...
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Playing God: An unapolgetic transhumanist manifesto

If you've ever fantasised about uploading your mind to the internet, or gestating your genetically modified children in an artificial ...

Beyond evolution, transhumanists’ visions for the human race

Homo sapiens were not always so special. In the ancient past, other human forms lived beside us. The Neanderthals in ...