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Artificial wombs could create seismic shift in the debate over abortion, reproductive rights

The ability to develop a fetus outside the mother's body could be here within decades. That means society will face ...
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Growing tiny brains for research: Should we ‘frantically panic’ that something might go awry?

As mini-brains become more advanced, some researchers are worried they'll develop consciousness ...
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Viewpoint: Pricey gene therapies fuel debate over drug prices—and why there is no easy fix

By scrapping value added and sales taxes, we can cut down on drug pricing by up to 25% ...
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Novels ‘All About Evie’ and ‘The Family Upstairs’ illustrate how DNA tests can reveal ‘dark secrets’, from rape to unknown siblings

It was inevitable that fiction writers would begin weaving unexpected DNA test results into their narratives ...
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Podcast: Why some of the most iconic images and stories depicting evolution are wrong

Kat Arney tackles the myths and misconceptions around two of the most iconic images in evolutionary biology: the 'March of ...
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Teaching evolution to college students with creationist views requires innovative approaches

University instructors employ a variety of methods when teaching evolution in classes in which large numbers of students reject the ...
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Can synthetic biology help deliver an AI brain as smart as the real thing?

To create artificial general intelligence, we need to study the brain ...
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Will 2020 see the debut of promising gene therapy for hemophilia A? It’s up to the FDA.

Hemophilia A gene therapy has been twenty years in the making ...
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Fighting climate change by reprogramming yeast, bacteria to feast on carbon dioxide

An organism easily adapted to different environments and ready to consume any compound would be a valuable tool ...
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2019 offered ‘eclectic’ mix of potentially breakthrough treatments for genetic diseases, from cystic fibrosis to sickle cell

2019 was a very good year for new treatments of genetic diseases ...
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CRISPR gene editing’s ‘prime’ upgrade could snip out 89% of genetic diseases

The new editing technique has the capability to introduce specified changes to the DNA: mutations, deletions, and insertions of new ...
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Podcast: Vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit explains the ‘dos and dont’s’ of battling scientific misinformation

Paul Offit has forged a second career as an influential spokesman for scientific thinking ...
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‘CRISPR this, CRISPR that’: Is our fascination with the popular gene-editing tool distracting us from the potential of gene-silencing RNAi technology?

I hope the public fascination with CRISPR can also embrace the other biotechnologies providing new therapeutic options ...
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‘No one wanted to touch it’: Why a Lyme disease vaccine has been so elusive

The first human Lyme vaccine was pulled off the market nearly twenty years ago. A new effort faces lingering suspicions ...
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Should parents be allowed to choose a child’s sexual orientation through gene editing?

Where do our sexual preferences come from? Most of us don’t stop to ponder, simply because there’s no need to ...
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‘Genome streamlining’: How species ditch genes no longer needed for survival

Can a genome reach maximum efficiency? ...
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Retinitis pigmentosa cure breakthrough? Next generation of artificial lenses being developed with flexible silicon-like chips to combat genetic blindness

Organic semiconductors can link up with brain cells to send and receive signals. They may find a use in sight-restoring ...
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Does the ‘genetics revolution’ unsettle you? Here is a guide, and reasons to be hopeful

I'm thrilled that DNA science has become so much more tangible and practical. Yet we must use the information wisely ...
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Podcast: Sneaky sheep, substandard stallions and sperm wars

Stories of sneaky sheep, substandard racing stallions, and news from the front lines of the sperm wars ...
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Brave new world? Why the public might be ready for gene-edited babies

Gene-editing tools like CRISPR/Cas9 are rapidly bringing the possibilities forward ...
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How a fetus’s developing brain may be shaped by mom’s mental state

Stress and anxiety during pregnancy can mean a higher risk of offspring developing ADHD, depression or other conditions. Medical psychologist ...
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DNA databases as crime deterrent: As more ‘cold cases’ are solved, are would-be criminals growing wary?

Some research suggests the mere existence of DNA databases may now be helping to prevent crime. But even if that’s ...
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Kim Kardashian West’s battle with psoriatic arthritis: Will understanding the genetics of the autoimmune disorder point to a cure?

While there is no cure, appropriate and early treatment can help prevent major damage to affected parts of the body ...
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Why the quest to ‘cure’ cancer may be destined to fail

Many of the risk factors to do with cancer are related to lifestyle, so there is concrete action people can ...
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Religious beliefs shape our thinking on cloning, stem cells and gene editing

Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Islam react to new technologies in their own ways ...
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Is ‘natural’ better than ‘artificial’? Skincare products underscore why that view is wrongheaded

Synthetic and 'chemical-sounding' preservatives in cosmetics are safer than the alternatives that are marketed as 'natural' ...
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Treating ‘suicidality’ as its own medical condition could spur research, better treatment options

There is no established method of identifying patients in immediate danger of attempting suicide. Some researchers are trying to change ...