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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 ...
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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 ...
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Our brains grow and shrink when we learn—which is how we continue to absorb knowledge

Our past understanding of the brain would suggest that new knowledge requires new brain cells, and as a result our ...
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What makes a female? How XX embryos destroy male reproductive tissue

A protein called COUP-TFII is necessary to eliminate male reproductive tissue from female mouse embryos, researchers report in the Aug. 18 Science. For ...
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Viewpoint: Genetic engineering’s benefits extend far beyond GMO crops and controversy

In discussing biotechnology, too much controversy is focused on the crops developed by Monsanto and its competitors. Genetic engineering is ...
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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 ...
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Gene therapy boost: FDA positions for faster reviews of new treatments

The Food and Drug Administration on [November 16] issued new guidelines to speed the introduction of treatments involving human cells ...
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How tracing the evolutionary family tree of all female lab mice will help improve medical research

Adam and Eve, a pair of black mice, lived for less than two years and never left their home at ...
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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 ...
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Viewpoint: We need a conversation about gene editing and eugenics

[Editor's note: Karin Christiansen is head of research at the Centre for Health Technology at the Faculty of Health, VIA ...
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Can the microbiome join DNA and fingerprints in the CSI toolkit?

Some scientists argue that our individual microbiomes are unique enough that they can be used to help identify the perpetrators ...
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Siddhartha Mukherjee: Gene research critical in fight against cancer

The human genome is integral to understanding the complex history of human health and disease. Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee is a ...
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Are ‘gene drive’ trials too risky for field studies?

In 2013, scientists discovered a new way to precisely edit genes — technology called Crispr... One of the more intriguing ...
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Genetically engineered three-eyed beetle could aid development of lab-grown organs

Researchers have intentionally genetically modified a common beetle to develop a third functional eye, right in the middle of its ...
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FDA likely to approve hereditary blindness gene therapy

[A]nother gene therapy is on the cusp of approval, this time to treat a form of hereditary blindness. If given ...
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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 ...
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Biopesticides: Creating a mosquito-fighting bacteria wasn’t easy—or fast

[A]fter decades of international scientific effort, a new mosquito biopesticide (a pesticide that uses natural bacteria) has been approved. And it only took a year and ...
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Veterans’ suicide attempts linked to gene expression

Though they only compose 8.5% of the U.S. population, veterans make up 18% of all suicides. Complicating matters is that ...
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Viewpoint: We need constraints on artificial intelligence

If there’s nothing magical about our brains or essential about the carbon atoms that make them up, then we can ...
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Saving the Galapagos: Gene drives could help rid invasive pests

Eradicating invasive species can be a brutal job. On the island of Floreana, a plan to eliminate the rodents that ...
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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 ...
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Measuring intelligence and IQ, and the problems that presents

For more than a century, IQ tests have been used to measure IQ. But their use is hotly debated by ...
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A gene-editing first: Scientists try to edit a living human’s DNA

Scientists for the first time have tried editing a gene inside the body in a bold attempt to permanently change ...
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Personalized health care? Precision medicine finally coming of age

Precision medicine means that doctors will use patients’ medical histories, genetic information and relevant research to create a treatment plan ...
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How genes affect children’s unique views of the world

A new study co-led by Indiana University that tracked the eye movement of twins finds that genetics plays a strong ...
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Fighting antibiotic ‘superbugs’—DNA sequencing helps in the battle

The successful effort to contain an outbreak of the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) at a UK hospital demonstrates the ...
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Asteroid that killed dinosaurs had only 1-in-10 chance of causing extinction

The smack of the asteroid against Earth released energy on the order of billions of atomic bombs. Dinosaurs were the cataclysm's most famous ...
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Viewpoint: Consumers with risky genes shouldn’t be penalized by insurers

[P]eople who have genetic tests run the risk of being denied some insurance if the test turns out positive. Such ...