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Challenging Nature’s decision to run a stem cell advertisement portrayed as research

Readers of Nature, one of the world’s most important scientific journals, might have been struck recently by an audacious claim ...
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Glowing squid’s genome sheds light on how animals and microbes evolve to work together

Every evening, nocturnal Hawaiian bobtail squids ... emerge from their burrows in shallow waters of the Pacific to hunt for ...
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Is a 10 minute cancer blood test coming soon?

About seven years ago, researchers at the US DNA sequencing company Illumina started to notice something odd. A new blood test it ...
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Lassa epidemic: Nigeria uses CRISPR to get early jump on viral outbreaks

An epidemic of Lassa fever in Nigeria that has killed 69 people this year is on track to be the ...
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US government’s BOLD initiative seeks to close the African-American Alzheimer’s gap

Alzheimer’s is a public health crisis for which Congress has thankfully put aside its differences long enough to pass the ...
2-26-2019 alzheimers trial bathe brains genes

Gene therapy could offer ‘one-time genetic tune-up’ for Alzheimer’s patients

No one knows for certain what causes Alzheimer’s disease. But one fact about the condition has gained nearly irrefutable status ...
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Genetic testing could predict potential for cancerous growths to become invasive lung cancer

A type of non-invasive cancer called carcinoma in situ (CIS) can occur in the human lung. Some cases of CIS will ...
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Purposeful evolution: Can humanity create its own ‘prosperous’ future?

[H]ow, exactly, do we create a “good” future? What does such a future look like to begin with? In Future Consciousness: ...
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New IQ test for pro athletes promises dynamic assessment of ‘sports-specific’ abilities

[T]he Athletic Intelligence Quotient, a test that measures an athlete’s sports-specific cognitive abilities [took] a while to build. Nearly 15 ...
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‘Epitranscriptomics’: New field aims to treat cancer through RNA code

It’s not every day that a biotech investor stumbles across an entirely new field of science. And frankly, Carlo Rizzuto ...
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‘Morally appropriate’? Entomologists question effort to eradicate disease-causing tsetse fly in Africa

Sleeping sickness (or trypanosomiasis), endemic to sub-Saharan Africa, is a horribly debilitating disease. … [Why not] end sleeping sickness by ...
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Gene from controversial CRISPR baby experiment could deliver new stroke treatment

A widely criticized experiment last year saw a researcher in China delete a gene in twin girls at the embryonic ...
2-24-2019 bq placenta feat

Searching for autism clues in the placenta

Activation of a mother’s immune system during pregnancy can increase the risk of autism in her child. New clues to ...
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Why gene editing isn’t ready for treating human disease: It’s not ‘efficient enough’

Gene editing will likely always come with a bit of risk; when you're cutting and pasting DNA in millions of ...
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Why you shouldn’t expect the DNA you send to companies like 23andMe to remain private forever

The data you shared with a genetic testing startup like 23andMe is private — for now. But maintaining that privacy, which rests ...
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‘Humble beginnings’: Newly discovered T. rex ancestor was quite small

A new dinosaur shows that even Tyrannosaurus rex had humble beginnings. Dubbed Moros intrepidus, or “the harbinger of doom,” the new species is one of ...
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Parents are banking their kids’ baby teeth as a stem cell ‘insurance policy’

When Karen Davis attended a presentation at a dental conference in 2013, she unexpectedly discovered a service that could help ...
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‘First ever’ human CRISPR trial targets rare beta thalassemia blood disorder

CRISPR, the groundbreaking and controversial gene-editing technique, has been used in a patient with a debilitating blood disease, scientists revealed ...
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Could transplanting ‘young’ gut bacteria boost brain function in the elderly?

A study in mice has indicated that the make-up of bacteria in the gut is linked with learning abilities and ...
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Pioneering ‘refugee’ from gene therapy’s darker days ‘kept the faith’

Gene therapy, now a pillar of biotechnology with the potential to cure deadly diseases, was once a cautionary tale of ...
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Keen sense of smell? You’re probably good at not getting lost, study suggests

Watch a bacterium chase down the source of an enticing molecular trail using chemo-taxis, and it’s clear that its sensory ...
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Searching for ‘hidden talents’: Chinese parents turn to genetic tests for their toddlers

Fears of seeing their children fall behind their peers have left Chinese parents searching for anything to give them a ...
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Combined immunotherapy strategy could revolutionize kidney cancer treatment

The way doctors typically approach kidney cancer treatment could be evolving. Two separate studies published [February 16] in the New ...
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Synthetic doubling of life’s DNA alphabet suggests there’s nothing ‘magical’ about life on Earth

The DNA of life on Earth naturally stores its information in just four key chemicals — guanine, cytosine, adenine and ...
2-19-2019 healthcare technology

3 ways artificial intelligence could enhance medical care and help us live longer

When it comes to the future of healthcare, perhaps the only technology more powerful than CRISPR is artificial intelligence. ...
2-20-2019 the rise of the rat cyborgs forecasts the glorious merger of biology and ai

‘Human-controlled rat cyborgs’ are real

Scientists have created human-controlled rat cyborgs. Lest you think this is some media sensationalism at work, here’s the actual title ...
Did China's government fund the controversial 'CRISPR babies' experiment?

Did China’s government fund the controversial ‘CRISPR babies’ experiment?

Three government institutions in China, including the nation’s science ministry, may have funded the “CRISPR babies” study that led to ...
2-16-2019 depression

Nearly half of major depression episodes could be prevented, studies show

While there are many effective treatments for depression, including medications and psychological therapies, the rate of depression is not going ...