Viewpoint: How might the Biden Administration regulate heritable human gene editing?

Viewpoint: How might the Biden Administration regulate heritable human gene editing?

The new Biden-Harris Administration faces a number of harrowing challenges in which science and technology policies will be critical. Along ...
Eugenics? As embryo screening opens-wide the door to manipulate human traits, notions of normalcy and deviancy, fitness and disability, are changing

Eugenics? As embryo screening opens-wide the door to manipulate human traits, notions of normalcy and deviancy, fitness and disability, are changing

With the dramatic expansion of new blood tests, many more pregnant mothers are testing their fetuses for 'defects' such as ...
Viewpoint: Happiness isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Viewpoint: Happiness isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Over the past 10 years, numerous studies have shown that our obsession with happiness and high personal confidence may be ...
Could Alzheimer’s actually be three different diseases?

Could Alzheimer’s actually be three different diseases?

Postmortem, RNA sequencing has revealed three major molecular subtypes of [Alzheimer’s] disease, each of which presents differently in the brain ...
Viewpoint: Biden Administration should push back against ‘troubling innovations in bioweapons research’

Viewpoint: Biden Administration should push back against ‘troubling innovations in bioweapons research’

Genetically engineered bioweapons are not a fictional or far-fetched notion. Many countries around the world, including the United States, have ...
How dogs evolved into our best friends

How dogs evolved into our best friends

Dogs diverged from wolves more than 27,000 years ago, choosing to live alongside and evolve with humans. Published in the ...
Viewpoint: The Holocaust throws a long shadow over human gene editing research

Viewpoint: The Holocaust throws a long shadow over human gene editing research

The scientific racism and eugenic delusions that led to the Holocaust are widely eschewed by members of human genetics and ...
‘Selfish sperm’: Why men generate it and how it drives evolution

‘Selfish sperm’: Why men generate it and how it drives evolution

[L]ike all animals, we are biologically driven to try and pass our genetic material on to the next generation, and ...
Diseases once thought incurable are now on the cusp of treatments. It’s because of CRISPR. Here’s a primer

Diseases once thought incurable are now on the cusp of treatments. It’s because of CRISPR. Here’s a primer

Like many other advances in science and medicine, CRISPR was inspired by nature. In this case, the idea was borrowed ...
Are we ready for therapeutic gene editing of embryos?

Are we ready for therapeutic gene editing of embryos?

[W]e know that natural nonsense mutations in the PCSK9 gene protect against high cholesterol. Subsequent work has led to PCSK9 ...
How the fossils ‘Lucy’ and “Ardi’ changed our understanding of human history

How the fossils ‘Lucy’ and “Ardi’ changed our understanding of human history

The discovery of [Lucy,] Australopithecus afarensis, advanced science in numerous ways. First, it illuminated one of the greatest mysteries of ...
Viewpoint: Reducing the number of Down syndrome births is a form of eugenics

Viewpoint: Reducing the number of Down syndrome births is a form of eugenics

No one should underestimate the complexity and difficulty of deciding whether to test for Down syndrome or terminate a pregnancy ...
AI is reengineering what it means to be ‘human’

AI is reengineering what it means to be ‘human’

We have come together to fight Covid-19 and AI was a key enabler to bring to market vaccines, in unprecedented ...
Can dogs see optical illusions too?

Can dogs see optical illusions too?

Psychologists use visual illusions all the time to study the shortcuts the human brain uses to extract information about the ...
Nipples seem useless in men – so why do they have them?

Nipples seem useless in men – so why do they have them?

Males and females do, in fact, start from the same genetic blueprint. Embryos, in their first weeks, develop structures with ...
Type 1 diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar, and four other myths about the disease

Type 1 diabetes is caused by eating too much sugar, and four other myths about the disease

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, 34.2 million Americans had diabetes in 2018. Of those, only 1.6 ...
Video: How will CRISPR and other forms of gene editing revolutionize our world?

Video: How will CRISPR and other forms of gene editing revolutionize our world?

Gene editing has the potential to eliminate genetic diseases and save lives. But one scientist has crossed an ethical line ...
Who were the first Caribbean populations? Ancient DNA rewrites history

Who were the first Caribbean populations? Ancient DNA rewrites history

An international team led by Harvard Medical School’s David Reich analyzed the genomes of 263 individuals in the largest study of ancient ...
HIV patients can now get monthly, FDA-approved injections, replacing multiple daily treatments

HIV patients can now get monthly, FDA-approved injections, replacing multiple daily treatments

The Food and Drug Administration on [January 21] approved a combination of two monthly shots for treatment of H.I.V. in ...
Challenging conventional medical wisdom: Surgery after chemotherapy may boost breast cancer survival rates

Challenging conventional medical wisdom: Surgery after chemotherapy may boost breast cancer survival rates

Women with advanced breast cancer who undergo surgery to remove the tumor after chemotherapy or another type of systemic treatment ...
How AI is turning the world of copyright protection upside down

How AI is turning the world of copyright protection upside down

In 2016 a short novel written by a Japanese AI reached the second round of a national literary prize and ...
‘Exercised’: New book by a biological anthropologist says humans are cut out to nap, not exercise – Here's how we can overcome our evolutionary destiny

‘Exercised’: New book by a biological anthropologist says humans are cut out to nap, not exercise – Here’s how we can overcome our evolutionary destiny

Want to feel bad about skipping a workout? Blame evolution. Daniel E. Lieberman argues this theory in his new book ...
Video: Is lying an innate human trait?

Video: Is lying an innate human trait?

Everyone lies. Even you and even me. We lie about small things and we lie about big things. We lie ...
Gene editing: Playing God or repairing a ‘natural system’ that has gone haywire?

Gene editing: Playing God or repairing a ‘natural system’ that has gone haywire?

With CRISPR, biologists have already created—among many, many other living things—ants that can’t smell, beagles that put on superhero-like brawn, ...
Why grandmothers might be a driving force behind human evolution

Why grandmothers might be a driving force behind human evolution

[Kristen] Hawkes, a professor of anthropology at the University of Utah, has extensively studied the Hadza, a group of hunter-gatherers ...
How DNA and genetic genealogy helped catch one of the world’s most notorious murderers, the Golden State Killer

How DNA and genetic genealogy helped catch one of the world’s most notorious murderers, the Golden State Killer

The dramatic arrest in 2018 of Joseph James DeAngelo Jr. was all the more astounding because of how detectives said ...
Acting rash or unwise? Don't blame your 'lizard brain', claims ‘Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain’ book

Acting rash or unwise? Don’t blame your ‘lizard brain’, claims ‘Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain’ book

Scientists have long posited that time and evolution stratified the human brain, with the oldest and crudest lizard layer lurking ...
Video: Why mosquitoes choose you

Video: Why mosquitoes choose you

Only female mosquitoes suck blood since they need it to produce their eggs. Knowing how a potentially disease-carrying female mosquito ...
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