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CRISPRcon talks designer babies and scientific colonialism

While lacking the costuming of Comic-Con or revelry of SantaCon, [CRISPRCon’s] second annual geek-out dealt with a concept weightier than ...
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Are we closer to finding life on Mars?

Organic matter has been found on Mars in soil samples taken from 3 billion-year-old mudstone in the Gale crater by ...
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Expanded genetic testing of newborns could help us get the most out of new gene therapies

The company behind [spinal muscular atrophy drug] AveXis, is seeing the most dramatic results in children who are treated in ...
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Small genealogy website GEDmatch ‘never expected’ its criminal-catching use

Ever since investigators revealed that a genealogy website led police to arrest a man as California’s notorious Golden State Killer, interest ...
6-5-2018 sugar

Could we ‘rewire our brains’ to stop sugar cravings?

Imagine if we could rewire our brains so that tastes we usually crave became unpleasant—or even nullify responses to taste ...
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Do you have second ‘brain’ in your colon?

You're reading these words because you have a brain in your head. But did you know you also have a ...
6-3-2018 Aging-graciously-intercepting-falls

Are age-related diseases the result of evolutionary tradeoffs favoring the young?

While granting human species some advantages over our primate cousins, recent genomic adaptations appear to have come at a cost ...
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How did our brains get so big?

By studying [brain organoids, researcher Frank] Jacobs could look for genes that are switched on more strongly in the growing ...
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Australia’s fight against feral cats could turn to gene drive technology

Feral cats kill thousands of native animals every minute — now a controversial plan to use gene drive technology as ...
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Who deserves credit for CRISPR? There’s a ‘profound disconnect between law and science’

One of the world’s richest science awards, given only in alternate years, will go to three discoverers of the CRISPR-Cas9 ...
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Home biohacker: Creating deadly human pathogens ‘is not that easy’

Using the handy tools sent in [the ODIN’s Genetk Design Kit], I was set to re-engineer some nonpathogenic E. coli ...
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Can a mutation protect against Alzheimer’s?

Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Brain Science in Japan have discovered a mutation that can protect against Alzheimer’s disease ...
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For all types of life, genetic diversity is ‘about the same’

Who would have suspected that a handheld genetic test used to unmask sushi bars pawning off tilapia for tuna could ...
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17,000-year-old route to North America could redefine human migration history

The first people to cross into North America from Eurasia did so by traveling through the Bering Strait, or so ...
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Video: Our bodies continue ‘ticking right along’ after we die

When you’re dead, you’re dead—right? No pulse, no brain activity, no signs of life. But at the cellular level, things ...
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‘Absolutely no evidence’ that power leads to brain damage

An Atlantic article from July 2017 has been widely discussed on Twitter over the past few days. It’s called Power Causes Brain Damage ...
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Preventing Alzheimer’s: Is Lisa Mosconi’s ‘brain food’ diet anything more than pseudoscience?

Lisa Mosconi has a web and media presence and a book Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power ...
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Parents of acutely ill newborns find answers through DNA sequencing

Hope for [children with rare genetic diseases] and their families may be coming in the form of DNA sequencing, or ...
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Treating alpha thalassemia major with prenatal blood transfusions, bone marrow transplant

In the three months before she was even born, Elianna Constantino received five blood transfusions and a bone-marrow transplant. All ...
5-30-2018 pregnant-women-1

Genes linked to schizophrenia significantly increase risk if there are pregnancy complications

Far be it from us to tell 23andMe how to run its business, but if it or any other DNA company wants ...
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Will this ‘germ game’ help us prepare for a terror attack using a bioengineered virus?

In June 2001, a group of government officials and journalists play-acted their way through a “germ game,” a fictional scenario ...
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Viewpoint: Genetic intelligence tests are ‘worse than just wrong’

On a recent visit to [genetic data website] DNA.Land, I scanned down the list of traits they offered to tell ...
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8 ways that CRISPR is changing the world

From saving lives to potentially rescuing coral reefs, here are eight examples of exciting CRISPR projects that showcase just why ...
5-29-2018 Clock_lede1300

Have we discovered a key switch for our biological clocks?

Our circadian clocks can be misaligned by a variety of reasons. Some of us are morning larks, other night owls ...
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Viewpoint: Are you being duped? Some direct-to-consumer genetic tests are ‘complete trash’

[H]ow accurate are [direct-to-consumer] genetic tests?  The truth is that testing runs the gamut of quality, ranging from medical-grade accuracy to ...
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Major human CRISPR trial derailed by FDA—at least for now

You’ve heard it before: CRISPR has the potential to change our lives for the better. But first, we have to give it ...
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Chess grandmasters live longer—just like elite athletes

It’s well established that elite athletes have a longer life expectancy than the general public. A recent review of over 50 studies ...
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Video: A quick history of biotechnology

Here’s a history of DNA, genes, and chromosomes as fast as possible. Read full, original post: A History Of Biotechnology ...

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