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Dangers of exploiting science without understanding it

Recent years have seen a huge growth in the public awareness of neuroscience. People have become more interested in new findings ...
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Can open-source strategy help synbio avoid controversial fate of GMOs?

It’s not the use of recombinant technology, but rather capitalism and greed that has stigmatized genetic engineering in our culture ...

What happens to early childhood memories?

When I try to recall my life before my fifth birthday, I can summon only glimmers—these match strikes in the ...

Lizard’s genes for regeneration might help humans regrow tissue

Scientists have unlocked the genetic mystery that allows a lizard to regrow its tail, bringing closer the possibility of treatments ...

Does dyslexia come with some advantages?

Dyslexia is often called a “learning disability.” And it can indeed present learning challenges. Although its effects vary widely, children ...

New horizons and future directions for epigenetics

Ever since the age of Darwin — and especially since the discovery of DNA — scientists have thought of biological inheritance ...
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Bold new directions for synthetic biology

Armed with powerful new genetic tools and a penchant for tinkering, synthetic biologists have built a new menagerie. Photographic “E. coliroid” ...

How much can we actually tell from a genome scan?

On August 6, researchers announced in The New England Journal of Medicine that they had found that mutations in a ...

Biochip closely mimics biological cells

Imitation, they say, is the sincerest form of flattery, but mimicking the intricate networks and dynamic interactions that are inherent ...
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More details on Google’s Baseline human health project

Google X’s new Baseline Project was made public in July. Although widely reported that the study would only focus on ...
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Is epigenetics being exploited by the media?

Epigenetics has seen a flurry of research and headlines lately, achieving science-buzzword status. But is the immature nature of the ...
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Where to draw the line on human genetic modification

As the genetically modified food wars wage on, another bombshell has been quietly waiting to drop: We could soon start ...

Amid focus on curing illness, concern over treatment of disabled in society

I can still remember each second of that day just before Christmas when everything changed.The happy family lunch, then the ...
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What can our microbiomes tell us about ourselves?

Some of my friends are sporting wristbands these days that keep track of their bodies. Little computers nestled in these ...
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Who wants to live to forever?

When does a 7-year-old consider the onset of old age to begin? What about when he’s 70? Ameliorating aging comes ...

UK considers benefits and risks of ‘three-parent’ IVF

The UK Parliament will soon consider making Britain the first country to allow three person IVF. The regulations are yet to be ...

Protein found in dogs may trigger human nerve regeneration

There are approximately six million people in the U.S. living with paralysis - the loss of muscle function caused by ...

How nanotechnology is revolutionizing medicine

In a 1959 lecture at Caltech famously dubbed “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom,” American physicist and Nobel laureate–to-be ...

UK genetics research making strides in cancer and rare disease treatment

Prime Minister David Cameron has said it "will see the UK lead the world in genetic research within years." The ...

Efforts to cure rare genetic diseases target people who conquered them

Biologist Stephen Friend is president and co-founder of the nonprofit research organization Sage Bionetworks in Seattle, and co-director of the ...
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Some kids un-develop autism. Could their genes be responsible?

Scientists are focusing attention on a group of autistic children who improve so much they essentially outgrow the diagnosis. Although ...

Stem cell research sheds light on weakening of aging immune system

There's a good reason people over 60 are not donor candidates for bone marrow transplantation. The immune system ages and ...
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Addressing ethical questions in pregnancy, genetic disease and baby traits

When Kira Walker was born, on June 13, 2013, her parents and doctors knew she might have health issues. Her ...

Tuskegee anniversary, bioethics then and now

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment was an infamous clinical study that began in 1932, conducted by the Public Health Service at the Tuskegee ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...