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Former Novartis chief Joseph Jimenez discusses breakthroughs in gene therapy, future of CRISPR in medicine

Editor's Note: Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez retired in January after eight years in the top job at one of the ...
1-31-2018 handheld

‘Like a mobile phone’: The genome sequencer that fits in your pocket

Scientists have used a device that fits in the palm of the hand to sequence the human genome. They say ...
1-31-2018 muscular-dystrophy

CRISPR shows promise in treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Scientists have successfully tweaked the DNA in human heart cells to correct mutations that cause a deadly disease. If the ...
Why autistic children are less likely to engage socially

Why autistic children are less likely to engage socially

[C]linicians and scientists have proposed a variety of theories to explain why kids with ASD tend to be less socially ...
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What might the next flu pandemic look like?

If humanity is lucky, the next flu virus with pandemic potential will unfold somewhere quick to catch and contain the threat—a ...
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Ancient Eurasian DNA helps untangle humanity’s twisted family tree

Advances in ancient DNA sequencing are shedding light on the genetic links between our Stone Age ancestors and modern humans, ...
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In vitro fertilization planning: How many eggs do you need to freeze?

[W]hen you freeze a batch of eggs, that's no guarantee any or all of them will make it through the ...
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Viewpoint: Racism rather than ‘race’ better explains racial disparities in addiction and other diseases

[T]he assumption that health disparities are caused by race rather than racism permeates more subtly in the practices of many ...
1-30-2018 atheistnoprob

Are atheists smarter than religious people?

Of course, there are examples of extremely intelligent individuals with strong religious convictions. But various studies have found that, on ...
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Replacement ears for children grown from their own cells in Chinese lab

Chinese scientists say they’ve accomplished something that’s long been a goal in the world of regenerative medicine—giving someone a new, ...
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Sperm donor children can sometimes track down their once-anonymous dads using consumer DNA tests

There was a time when a man could anonymously donate sperm to a couple or woman trying to conceive and ...
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5 ways CRISPR will revolutionize the future

1. CRISPR Could Correct The Genetic Errors That Cause Disease. [...] In summer 2017, scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University used CRISPR ...
1-29-2018 Lupus

This may explain why women are more likely to develop lupus

Every year, 16,000 cases of lupus are reported in the United States — 9 out of 10 of them in women. Scientists ...
1-29-2018 NASA-Photo_Bio-Mimicry-Project-Robert-Dumitru-1

Harnessing evolution for space travel: Using biomimicry to recreate life on Mars

[E]volution has had billions of years of trial and error to produce species that are well adapted chemically and physically ...
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Gene therapy setback? Animal deaths in treating muscular dystrophy spark new concerns over high doses

An influential scientist involved in gene therapy’s biggest setback, the death of a study volunteer 19 years ago, has issued a ...
You might soon be able to sell your DNA in cryptocurrency

You might soon be able to sell your DNA in cryptocurrency

[I]f a new startup is successful, you will soon be able to spit in a cup, upload your genetic code ...
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What was CRISPR before humans ‘discovered’ it for use in gene editing?

[T]here is a less sequins-and-glitter side to CRISPR that’s just as alluring to anyone thirsty to understand the natural world ...
1-29-2018 autistic-child-playing-e1428877807240

How heritable is autism? Twins research suggests we may be vastly underestimating it

An analysis of DNA variants suggests the heritability of childhood behavior problems, including autism traits, is about 6 percent, researchers ...
1-28-2018 parents-and-crying-baby-at-home

‘Genetic nurture’: Parents’ genes affect how they raise their children

A new paper [January 26] in Science suggests a fascinating new twist on this interaction between our genes and our environment. Our ...
Search and destroy: CAR-T cell therapy could give patients HIV immunity

Search and destroy: CAR-T cell therapy could give patients HIV immunity

A UCLA-led research team has created blood-forming stem cells that can carry a gene that allows the body to produce cells ...
1-28-2018 dna_truck-01

Finding a CRISPR delivery route in humans is the hard part

Crispr, the promising new gene editing technology, promises to eradicate the world of human suffering—but for all the hype and hope, it hasn’t ...
Using DNA to store data? US defense agency DARPA is trying

Using DNA to store data? US defense agency DARPA is trying

[T]he Department of Defense agency tasked with funding science’s most far-out hopes has begun investing millions in discovering radical, non-binary ...
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Viewpoint: Why ‘having a public conversation’ about gene editing could hinder advances

[I]t has become clear that [gene editing] technologies aren’t on the far-flung horizon; they’re at our front door. A recent article ...
Evolution of modern human behavior linked to the rounding of our brains

Evolution of modern human behavior linked to the rounding of our brains

In a study published [January 24] in Science Advances, researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology announced that the earliest Homo sapiens did ...
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Human Cell Atlas: The quest to build biology’s periodic table

Realizing the need and potential for an atlas of all human cells, two scientists, Aviv Regev and Sarah Teichmann, have ...
Genetic 'switch' could slow spread of cancer in patients with high-fat diets

Genetic ‘switch’ could slow spread of cancer in patients with high-fat diets

In a set of papers published in the journals Nature Genetics and Nature Communications, researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Cancer Center at ...
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Unique mix of brain chemicals separates humans from other primates

A team of researchers has now used a novel technique to form a hypothesis on the origins of our rich ...
1-24-2018 husky-white-blue-eyes-dog-photograph-blue-eyes

Why Huskies have blue eyes—and why it might matter for understanding human diseases

[A] new study may help salvage the [direct-to-consumer genomics] field by turning to a previously untapped pool of subjects: dogs ...