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11-18-2018 140974_MAIN._SY630_V1526659385_

DNA test for your dog? Here’s what your vet thinks about it

[T]he direct-to-dog-owner market has become bigger and more crowded: Embark, DNA My Dog, and Paw Print Genetics are just a few ...
gene 11 26 18

There’s still much we don’t know about world’s first gene-edited babies

A Chinese scientist has shocked the world with claims he used the genome editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 to manipulate the genes ...
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Like riding a bike: Why do we never forget some things?

So how is it that we can ride a bicycle when we haven’t done so in years? As it turns ...
ear 11 20 18

Can we use plants to grow human tissue and body parts?

[Dr. Andrew Pelling] wanted to see whether grocery-store-bought plants can supply the necessary structure for engineering replacement human tissues. … Under ...
baby 11 26 18

CRISPR uproar: Chinese researcher claims first gene-edited babies

A Chinese researcher claims that he helped make the world’s first genetically edited babies — twin girls born this month ...
11-17-2018 Linette Lai

Whether you prefer coffee or tea may depend on your DNA

Whether people prefer coffee or tea may boil down to a matter of taste genetics. People with a version of ...
11-17-2018 neanderthal

Neanderthals and humans lived equally ‘risky, stressful lives’

Life as a Neanderthal was no picnic, but a new analysis says it was no more dangerous than what our ...
11-16-2018 acute flaccid myelitis

Chasing the mysterious polio-like disorder striking children

A runny nose or cough are normal symptoms during the fall, but this year doctors in the United States and ...
psychopath 11 20 18

How female psychopaths differ from their male counterparts

It is important to keep in mind that psychopathy is a personality disorder. As such it is classified as a mental illness, and ...
brain 11 20 18

Using molecular trickery to cross the blood-brain barrier

[There are a] number of methods that are being used to break down the [blood-brain] barrier that keeps drugs for ...
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Change, resilience and the mysterious human microbiome

Our microbiome is an inner ecology of Planet Us. And thought of in that context, two new small, exploratory studies, may ...
ai 11 19 18

How AI can make gene editing ‘more accurate, cheaper and easier’

One of the most exciting prospects about gene technology is the development of precision or personalized medicine. The field, which ...
chronic 11 19 18

Stem cells’ ‘memories’ of past injuries may contribute to chronic inflammation

Stem cells, famous for replenishing the body’s stockpile of other cell types throughout life, may have an additional, unforeseen ability ...
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Meet Huda Zoghbi, pediatric neurologist working on rare diseases

Huda Zoghbi has uncovered the molecular mechanisms of normal neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration by probing the complexities of rare neurological diseases ...
gene 11 19 18

African nations push back against proposed UN ban on gene drives

Africa has kicked against a proposed moratorium on the environmental release of organisms containing gene drives now under debate at ...
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Solitary confinement may cause ‘irreversible’ damage to the brain

There are an estimated 80,000 people, mostly men, in solitary confinement in U.S. prisons. They are confined to windowless cells ...
11-16-2018 Poto, mystery Jamaican mammal, possibly Xenothrix

How DNA tests solved the mystery of this strange, now-extinct monkey

For nearly 100 years, scientists haven’t been able to agree on the evolutionary origins of a strange, now-extinct monkey that ...
New techniques could transform epigenetics research, ameliorating diseases

New techniques could transform epigenetics research, ameliorating diseases

Epigenetics, the study of mechanisms by which genes are turned on or off without altering their genetic code or DNA ...
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Video: Lab-grown human heart tissue beats ‘like the real thing’

A tiny pulsing strip of muscle could help save the lives of 33 million people. That’s how many people suffer ...
Does being a night owl increase breast cancer risk?

Does being a night owl increase breast cancer risk?

A paper presented at the National Cancer Research Institute [November 5] has made for some flashy headlines, like this confident declaration from India’s Economic Times: ...
big data 11 19 18

Personalized medicine, big data could lead to better control of our own health

At Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine conference in San Diego ... Dr. Ran Balicer, director of the Clalit Research Institute in Israel, painted a ...
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Why our shrinking attention spans might be a good thing

Our supposedly shrinking attention spans are a hot topic these days—as you may have seen on TV or heard on a ...
nebula 11 16 18

Start up Nebula Genomics offers free full genome sequencing, but there’s a privacy catch

Information wants to be free, says the old internet meme, and a genomics company will now apply that to DNA: ...
11-15-2018 bccmalaria

Viewpoint: An argument against using genetically modified mosquitos to fight malaria in Africa

Some scientists have proposed genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes as a solution to controlling malaria, a scourge that has been around ...
hands 11 16 18

Casting doubt on whether our DNA can be tweaked to increase human lifespan

Estimates predict that somewhere between 15 percent and 30 percent of the variability in human lifespan is due to genetics ...
The future is now: Here are the most promising synthetic biology projects

The future is now: Here are the most promising synthetic biology projects

Never has it been more possible to engineer biology (see ‘Tailor, not tinker’). But solving grand problems requires a switch ...
brain hacking 11 16 18

MRI in a ski hat? Seeking better ways to hack our brains

[A]t Singularity University’s Exponential Medicine conference in San Diego, technologists presented new non-invasive devices that seek to simplify and democratize brain modulation ...
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Why probiotics could actually be bad for you

Millions of Americans take probiotics—live bacteria deemed useful—assuming there can be only positive effects. The truth is that you really ...