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Synthetic biology startup Ginkgo Bioworks wants to print ‘designer’ DNA

Over the last several years, Ginkgo [Bioworks] has developed an automated process for combining genetic parts that has made it ...
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Inca origins: DNA analysis supports a pair of foundational myths

Researchers from Peru, Brazil and Bolivia, who have been tracing the origins of the Inca civilization, have confirmed two of the ...
5-28-2018 puppysmile

Quick fix: Gene therapy could offer less invasive pet contraception

Might gene therapy provide a one-time, far less invasive way to ensure that cats and dogs do not beget kittens ...
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Is genius an attribute or a ‘circumstance’?

[T]he notion of genius as a capability a person can possess has come under attack recently in several ways. Megan ...
5-28-2018 AlcoholGuidelines_0418

Faulty gene may be link between heart failure and alcohol use

Scientists have discovered a new link between alcohol, genes and heart health. They found a faulty gene may interact with ...
5-28-2018 dna-12-18-17-1-1

Here’s what you get from 3 very different at-home genetic tests

For health testing, I sent spit samples to 23andMe, Genos and Veritas Genetics, three companies that represent the various levels of DNA testing available ...
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The genetics behind malaria’s evolution into a deadly global killer

The secrets of how malaria became a human-killer have been revealed by a genetic study. The work, led by researchers ...
5-25-2018 MosaicArtOshkosh

Why can your DNA vary from cell to cell? Mosaicism is a ‘hidden mix of mutations’

James Priest couldn’t make sense of it. He was examining the DNA of a desperately ill baby, searching for a ...
5-25-2018 criminal+DNA

What the search for the Golden State Killer means for public DNA databases and law enforcement

Law enforcement and genetic genealogists didn’t waste any time after public DNA databases led to the Golden State Killer suspect... A ...
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Does sunshine make us smarter? UV exposure boosts mouse brainpower

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a major cause of skin cancer, but it offers some health benefits too, such ...
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How artificial intelligence might learn about human emotion

In 1998, while looking for topics for her Master’s thesis at the American University in Cairo, [Rana] el Kaliouby stumbled ...
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Using patient registries to track effectiveness of cell and gene therapy trials

Due to advances in rare-disease research and individualized cell and gene therapies, there has been a recent crop of treatments ...
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Taking a peek inside the brains of dogs to see how they work

If dogs could talk, what would they say about us and the way they see the world? Just how do dogs think? ...
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Humans may have more genes than we thought—and why it matters

Estimates for the number of genes in the human genome have been trending downward, from 50,000–100,000 (a figure widely cited ...
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DNA from unmarked graves of slaves could lead to modern descendants

The cemetery of the enslaved workers of the [Catoctin] iron furnace was rediscovered in 1979 — 116 years after Abraham ...
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Bridging the ‘gulf between patients and researchers’ in cancer treatment

When my cancer support group visited a research lab, the discussion of proteomics, fibroblasts and microRNAs made about as much ...
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Humans have always been overwhelmingly right-handed. We still aren’t sure why.

Nine out of 10 humans are considered right-handed. “It doesn’t matter where you find them, humans have that ratio,” says ...
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There are 3 types of alien life we might find out there

Our existence here is proof enough that it can happen. We can imagine that if life comes to exist anywhere else ...
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What does it really mean to be normal?

We use the term “normal” so casually and so often that it seems utterly…normal. But in a compelling Trends in Cognitive ...
5-17-2018 dog-2126677_1920_opt

How genes affect your dog’s athleticism—and what we might learn about ourselves

Compare the sprinting Shetland sheepdog with the sluggish St. Bernard, and it’s clear a dog’s genes play a large role ...
5-28-2018 swallowsensor

Ingestible digital pills use bioluminescent bacteria to sense stomach bleeding

Ingestible sensors—pill-sized electronics that ping your smartphone with data after you pop and swallow—have started to arrive on the market. They ...
5-25-2018 livestock-to-markets-640x400

Humans have killed more than 80% of wild mammals

[S]ince the dawn of civilisation, humanity has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants, ...
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Is religion incompatible with science? Three scientists say it’s possible to have both

Is the conflict between religion and science as deep as some think? We talk to three scientists about how they ...
5-20-2018 sleeping

Sleeping helps us find ‘out of the box’ solutions to difficult problems

[M]any experiments have shown that sleep promotes creative problem-solving. Now, Penny Lewis from Cardiff University and two of her colleagues have collated and ...
5-21-2018 JackHogan_eye

First Luxterna results: Does the $850,000 gene therapy work?

About eight weeks earlier, [Jack Hogan had] been the first person to get an $850,000 therapy called Luxturna since it had hit the market ...
5-20-2018 60520E_Crowd

Are humans truly evolving or are we just genetically ‘drifting’?

Evolution may be responsible for a range of complex traits, including height and waist-to-hip ratio, and diseases such as schizophrenia, ...
5-25-2018 Genetic+Counselor+Lauren+Bryl+and+patient

As precision medicine explodes, there aren’t enough genetic counselors to go around

[When Nancy] Wurtzel stared at the blue glow of her computer screen announcing she had two copies of the ApoE4 ...
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Luna DNA startup wants to trade company shares for your genetic and health data

San Diego startup Luna DNA hopes to create a database of donated DNA, health records and diet/exercise information for medical ...

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