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Does a future with genetic enhancements undermine ‘the idea that we are all equal’?

Sex is how humans propagate. But developments in genetic engineering might change this one day. “We are, in the future, ...
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Space station experiment testing ‘nano antioxidants’ that could fight age-related diseases

An upcoming experiment aboard the International Space Station will test the effects of microgravity on living cells mixed with tiny ...
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‘Reverse engineering’ our brains with silicon chips could help us understand consciousness

The fact that computers “think” very differently than our brains do actually gives them an advantage when it comes to ...
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Podcast: Are you ready for the Zero Dollar Genome?

We've broken through the thousand dollar genome barrier and are heading towards $100. Leading geneticist George Church want to take ...
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Genetically engineered trees could save our forests—but it won’t be an easy fix

A biotech tree could simultaneously increase and decrease the wildness of a forest ...
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Can AI take everything we’ve learned about medicine and become ‘a single doctor’?

The question isn’t if AI is coming to medicine. It’s how. At its best, machine learning can tap into the collective experience of ...
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Sex robots create a lot of questions, including this one: Does it count as cheating on your human partner?

In “Turned On,” a computer scientist and sex researcher explores the surprisingly serious business of sexual companion robots (no snickering, ...
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Will weed-killing robots replace controversial herbicides on the farm?

Weeds are the bane of a farmer’s existence—the “most important of all crop pests,” as one scientist put it. They ...
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Could we be designing babies from a menu of genetic options in 2045?

The year is 2045. The genomes of four billion humans have been sequenced, creating a huge pool of genetic information ...
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Why we lose when Hollywood distorts CRISPR gene editing in the name of entertainment

Adding misinformation to a climate of fear and distrust plants more seeds of suspicion in the public mind ...
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Can genetic engineering save the world’s coral reefs from climate change?

The relentless rise of global temperatures is imperiling coral reefs around the world. Just 75 kilometers offshore from the research ...
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Viewpoint: AI may boost our diagnostic abilities, but it’s not ready to replace human doctors

I read a recent article in Nature Medicine about new inroads in deploying artificial intelligence (AI) in pediatrics. In the article, researchers ...
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Podcast: Jamie Metzl’s ‘Hacking Darwin’—The end of sex and humanity’s genetically engineered future

Imagine a world in which would-be parents no longer have sex but conceive children with the assistance of embryo selection ...
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Frozen in time: You can be cryogenically preserved, but will you ever be revived?

Preservation technologies promise the ability to suspend life for decades or even centuries. That would come with all sorts of ...
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NASA twins study highlights key risks for long-term space travel: Cosmic rays and microgravity

When NASA reported preliminary observations about the famous “twin astronaut” study a year ago, the media rushed in, reporting the ...
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First 3D heart printed with human tissue could mark key step toward transplantable organs

Scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels on Monday [April 15, 2019], ...
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Why Microsoft wants to design a system that stores data in DNA

DNA is emerging as an ultra-compact way of storing it all, and now researchers supported by Microsoft have created the first ...
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Podcast: ‘Artificial womb’ raises awkward ethical questions about abortion, child welfare and health freedom

Biotechnology is fundamentally changing food and medicine. Thanks to genetic engineering, for example, we have access vitamin-fortified GMO crops, plentiful ...
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No longer science fiction: Brain-to-brain interfaces can transmit thoughts

It’s not sci-fi, it’s not mind control, but a real world attempt at telepathy ...
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We have so much genomic data—we need AI to help us grapple with it

Genomics is set to become the biggest source of data on the planet, overtaking the current leading heavyweights – astronomy, ...
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How ‘smart toilets’ and other technologies could help detect cancer before it’s too late

I believe we should be more aggressively pursuing precision health: ways to prevent disease and, when that isn’t possible, intercept and ...
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Infrared vision? We’ve now given it to mice and humans could be next

[Researchers Tian Xue and Gang Han] modified the vision of mice such that they were able to see near-infrared light ...
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3 ways artificial intelligence could enhance medical care and help us live longer

When it comes to the future of healthcare, perhaps the only technology more powerful than CRISPR is artificial intelligence. ...
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‘Human-controlled rat cyborgs’ are real

Scientists have created human-controlled rat cyborgs. Lest you think this is some media sensationalism at work, here’s the actual title ...
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‘Genome profiling’—not gene editing—could offer easiest path to smarter babies

For the foreseeable future, editing embryos to enhance IQ is a sci-fi fantasy. A different approach aimed at enhancing IQ ...
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Video: Tomorrow’s crops could be grown indoors, without soil or pesticides

As the world's population grows and climate change accelerates, farmers are increasingly turning to biotechnology, engineering and data science to ...
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Artificial intelligence could have a future diagnosing sick children, study says

With the money and time that visits to the ER and urgent care soak up, the chance to revisit old-fashioned ...
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Brain implants could soon join fight against severe depression

With powerful computational methods, scientists have recently zeroed in on some key features of depressed brains. Those hallmarks include certain ...