diabetes

Genetics and Type 2 diabetes: Why weight loss alone may not be enough for some people

People who develop Type 2 diabetes fall into one of two categories — those whose blood sugar can be controlled ...
RNA therapy

Why you need to know about RNA therapy and its potential to revolutionize disease treatment

After a decade of painstaking progress​, the underdog is on the brink of treating a broad range of diseases ...
humulin

Quick FDA approval of GMO human insulin 36 years ago contrasts with today’s biotechnology regulatory sclerosis

This week marked the 36th anniversary of one of biotechnology’s most significant milestones—the approval by the FDA of human insulin ...
fda

Who benefits most from FDA’s ‘accelerated’ drug approvals? Patients or drugmakers?

Increasing reliance on this and other means of moving drugs quickly to market have many critics worried, given that drugmakers ...
mad scientists

Not-so-mad scientists and why they’re making human body parts

Halloween brings a cornucopia of candy body parts, so it’s a good time to review recent advances in organoid technology ...
frank

How Frankenstein and 200 years of horror stories have haunted the biotechnology revolution

It was a dark and stormy night in 1818, when something sinister was loosed upon the world. Okay, so it ...
lizard

Not so different after all: Reptile and human brains have a lot in common

Reports of human and reptile brain differences seem greatly exaggerated, according to recent neuroscience ...
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Why ending muscle wasting matters for curing cancer

Deterioration of muscle is the cause of death in many diseases, like cancer, but no treatments address this lethal symptom ...
ai

‘Autonomous weapons’ based on artificial intelligence could change warfare—and why that’s worrisome

In a new book, an expert (and former U.S. Army Ranger) warns that the world is stumbling toward a scary ...
genetic

Selling yourself? These companies want to pay for your genetic information

Some companies want to rent your DNA - should you let them? ...
vault

Why we may need a ‘Noah’s Ark’ of microbes to protect our health in the future

Preserving human microbiomes today, especially the more diverse ones from traditional peoples in developing nations, may provide treatments for diseases ...
biracial

Failure of race-based medicine? We aren’t accounting for the unique genetics of biracial and multiracial populations

For several decades in modern medicine history, human race has been used as a constant variable to predict and/or determine ...
smoking

Cancer and genetics: Why smoking threatens more than just your lungs

Cigarettes smoking causes lung, throat and larynx cancers–which makes sense because those tissues come directly into contact with smoke and ...
sugar

Breaking the body’s ‘sugar code’ could refine our ability to predict, treat diseases

Key elements of arthritis, cancer, food allergies and aging are trapped within glycans, types of sugar in the human body ...
mosquitoanddna

Synthetic biology mosquitoes: Pioneering solution emerges to counter fears over using genetic engineering to control Zika

In fall 2015, the biotech company Oxitec planned to release genetically engineered mosquitoes throughout the Florida Keys capable of stopping their ...
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren controversy: Almost every American has a sliver of Native American ancestry

The reporting on the largest genetic study of American ancestry—claims that Americans are a genetic melting pot of white, black ...
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How DNA health screening of pets can lead to tragic consequences

A lack of regulatory scrutiny has left pet owners and their companions vulnerable to misleading marketing and immature science ...
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Are we ready for the artificial womb?

In the coming years, the obstacles to ectogenesis --development outside of a mother from fertilization to full-term infancy-- will be ...
SOG

CAR-T cell therapy and the promise of immune cells engineered to fight cancer

The National Cancer Institute estimates that more than 1.7 million people will be diagnosed with cancer this year. To cope ...
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Using your body’s internal clock to offset those bad eating habits

When we eat late at night, it disrupts our circadian rhythm. Eating within an 8-12 hour time period could reset ...
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Crime, violence and DNA: The many faces of MAOA, the so-called ‘warrior gene’

A near certainty whenever monoamine oxidase A (MAOA) rears its ugly head in popular science writing is that an ugly ...
life

Defining life: If it’s created in a lab, is it really alive?

Describing life is difficult and evasive. Will we fully understand life if we can create it through synthetic biology? ...
men women

Gender and the brain: Are there hardwired differences between men and women?

The idea that genders are different in a neurological sense is picking up considerable momentum in the hard sciences. It could have ...
life

Is it time to rethink evolutionary timeline for Earth’s animals?

New research suggests that animal origins happened much earlier than previously thought ...
dna

Viewpoint: Why consumer DNA tests are more dangerous than you might think

Commercial DNA testing isn’t just harmless entertainment. It’s keeping alive ideas that deserve to die ...
malaria

Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing quickly decimated two caged populations of malaria-bearing mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae) in a recent study, introducing a new ...
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Rewiring the brain and what’s happening when we’re ‘thinking ourselves better’

A self-help skeptic is confronted with evidence — anecdotal and scientific — that we may be able to think ourselves ...
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Race and genetics: How our ancestry both limits and exacerbates disease risks

Members of different ethnic groups living in the same region may have widely varying life expectancies. A wide range of ...