biohack

Biohackers navigating a world of wonder and potential peril

A person doesn’t need a deep understanding of gene editing and CRISPR to realize we are in the midst of ...
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About the musician who played the flute — during her brain surgery

A professional musician suffering from career-affecting tremors underwent deep brain stimulation. This procedure can help Parkinson's patients, epileptics, and those ...
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Why does a drug work for you, but not for your sibling or friend? It’s in the genes

If you think you're not getting the same benefit from an over-the-counter medicine you've taken that others are getting, your ...
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Transhumanism could push human evolution into hyperdrive. Should we embrace it?

Some people believe that we can enhance human life through embracing biotechnology and genetic engineering, but should we? ...
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Fighting deadly adverse drug reactions through precision medicine

Lee Tan, a 41-year-old marketing professional and copywriter in Vancouver, Canada, was diagnosed with high blood pressure three years ago ...
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Viewpoint: Rampage movie offers twisted take on CRISPR gene editing

Is a film based on a video game with fleeting mentions of a biotech buzzword compelling sci-fi? No. But I ...
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Analyzing Kevin MacDonald’s ‘Culture of Critique’ and the alt-right’s embrace of anti-Jewish ideology

The biblical commentator Rashi observes that in order for a falsehood to be successful, it has to contain at least ...
bacteria

Vacation hazard: Your gut bacteria picks up souvenirs, too

When we travel our gut bacteria can pick up antibiotic resistance genes in just two days. What does that mean ...
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‘Game changer’ for Huntington’s? New genetic treatments on horizon

“It came completely out of the blue,” says James*. They had thought it was his father’s knees that were the ...
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How ‘number crunching’ and big data has transformed the study of fossils, evolution

The field of paleobiology has advanced paleontology by using big data to analyze the history of life ...
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Money magnets: Wall Street enamored by promise of human gene editing, gene therapies

Venture capitalists and investors are pouring money into the genomics sector, seeking to capitalize on breakthroughs in CRISPR gene editing ...
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Regulating fast-moving consumer genetic testing industry is no small challenge

Submitting a vial of spit to a genetic testing company is easy. Understanding the implications — and regulating the burgeoning ...
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We know the placebo effect is biological. Is it also genetic?

We know that the placebo effect is in part biological: expectations of receiving a palliative leads to brain changes. Are ...
evolution

Where do we come from? Question grows ever more complicated

It was recently discovered that modern humans are part of the African great apes family, but how did this classification ...
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Mood disorders more common in children of first-cousin parents, study finds

Having parents who are first cousins doubles the risk of inheriting a single-gene condition, from 2.5 percent to about 5 ...
mushrooms

Examining the curious genes behind ‘magic mushrooms’

"One pill makes you larger, and one pill makes you small,” sang Grace Slick in Jefferson Airplane’s classic White Rabbit, conjuring ...
CRISPR

What’s stopping us from using CRISPR to gene edit humans to fight disease?

Emerging clinical applications of CRISPR editing include delivery of CRISPR systems into the body to repair genetic sequences. This is ...
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Here’s what we really know about transgender genetics—so far

The week started strangely. On [March 19], the author of a new book on transgender identity emailed me, asking about ...
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Viewpoint: We have much to gain from questioning the theory that humans evolved in Africa

The African origin theory reigns supreme. Every attempt to disprove the theory offers a chance to consider the evidence all ...
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From GMOs to CRISPR: Making sense of how genetic engineering tweaks nature

Many new genetic engineering techniques have been stumbled upon by accident. Studying how bacteria defend themselves has led to CRISPR ...
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Fertility clinic meltdown: What happens when slumbering eggs are awakened early

Fragile spindle apparatuses are an integral part to embryonic growth. What happened to embryo structures when they were thawed and ...
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Facing extreme danger, are you ‘wired’ to fight or take flight?

"Fight or flight" reactions are much more complicated than we were taught in school. That fact has implications for reacting ...
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Modern Victor Frankenstein? What synthetic biologists can learn from the classic cautionary tale

Mary Shelley was 20 when she published “Frankenstein” in 1818. Two hundred years on, the book remains thrilling, challenging and ...
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Why the body’s response to pregnancy may help us better understand cancer

Cancer cells and placental cells regulate the immune system in remarkably similar ways. We can learn a great deal by ...
twins

Space astronaut twin’s DNA ‘changed’? How some reports botched the story, and what we really know

When the Today Show reported on March 15 that the DNA of Scott Kelly, who spent a year on the ...
fertility

Fertility quest: How technology has fueled quantum leaps

Nanotech, artificial intelligence, wearables and biological engineering are among the new high tech ways to knock you up, stop your ...
mars

Here’s what potential Mars colonists really need from Earth: A large gene pool

Establishment of a Mars colony will depend on genetic diversity, meaning we must send tens of thousands of colonists ...
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Waaa! How do babies experience pain?

Researchers continue to look for ways to assess the pain experienced by babies. One recent study suggests that babies are ...