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‘Supercharged’ T-cells could treat autoimmune disorders

Researchers in both academia and industry are turning to immune-suppressing cells to clamp down on autoimmune disorders, and the effort is building ...
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Life’s DNA blueprint: Rewriting yeast genome could help design better drugs and improve stem cell therapy

Scientists have long been able to make specific changes in the DNA code. Now, they’re taking the more radical step ...
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Beneficial ‘natural’ gene mutation could be effective in treating sickle cell

Sickle cell disease (SCD) patients have a genetic defect that leads them to produce hemoglobin S, or sickle hemoglobin, instead of ...
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3D printed brain-like tissue made from stem cells offers hope to address neurological disorders

Scientists in Australia have used a 3D printer to create nerve cells found in the brain using a special bio-ink ...
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US national security advisors map plans to counter rogue gene drives

The JASONs, a group of elite scientists that advises the US government on national security, has weighed in on issues ranging from cyber security to renewing America’s nuclear arsenal ...
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Gene therapy leukemia treatments approval expected by end of 2017

The approval of gene therapy for leukemia, expected in the next few months, will open the door to a radically ...
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CRISPR red flag? Gene drives may not always work as advertised

A genetic-engineering tool designed to spread through a population like wildfire — eradicating disease and even whole invasive species — ...
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Genetically modified ‘super-algae’ combats global-warming-caused coral bleaching

Rachel Levin from The University of New South Wales, Australia and her international team of researchers may have found a solution ...
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GMOs being used to clean up heavy metal pollution

Environmental contamination with heavy metals is often the result of various types of industrial processes. Because heavy metals can be ...
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Are transfusions of ‘young blood’ the answer to longer, healthier lives?

The blood of young animals, it seems, may be able to ameliorate at least some of the effects of ageing ...
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‘Mosquito factory’ churns out sterile males produced without genetic modification to fight Zika

100,000 live mosquitoes, all male, all incapable of producing offspring [are released daily in Fresno, California]. … Though counterintuitive, the ...
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Gene research opens doors to drug treatments to confront the ‘fine-tuned’ malaria parasite

The single-cell parasite [malaria] has been estimated to have caused the death of almost half of the world’s population since ...
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Milk without cows, eggs without chickens? Synthetic biology could lead to more sustainable food

[Editor's note: The following is a Q&A with Swedish bio-hacker Hannes Sjoblad.] Bio-hacking applies technology in innovative ways to modify biological systems ...
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First gene-edited cloned dog may open gates to more cloning and help fight human diseases

Last week, Beijing-based biotech company Sinogene introduced Longlong to the world, a cute beagle puppy that is the first dog ...
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‘Molecular scalpel’: Gene-editing technique promises greater precision

A scientific team from in the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research (NNF-CPR), at the University of Copenhagen, has ...
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Deadly breakthrough? Scientists revive cousin of smallpox virus that killed 1 billion people

Scientists in Canada have used commercially available genetic material to piece together the extinct horsepox virus, a cousin of the ...
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Modern Frankenstein: Are we on the pathway to human head transplants?

The mysterious work of Dr. Sergio Canavero is the stuff of grade-B horror movies. He claims he’s successfully attached a living ...
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Innovative ‘cell guillotine’ could revolutionize wound healing

For the last 100 years, slicing a single cell into two equal parts has proven to be a process that's tedious, ...
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Drug weapons: Computer designed proteins prepare to battle the next pandemic

Researchers are using computer modeling to design new antiviral proteins that could slow down, or stop, global outbreaks of deadly ...
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Redefining natural selection: How synthetic biology may solve sustainability challenges in food, fuel and health

[S]ynthetic biology] is poised to change how we feed ourselves, clothe ourselves, fuel ourselves—and possibly even change our very selves ...
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Eye tech: Synthetic iris may revolutionize human eye repair

An artificial iris can open and close in response to sunlight without any other outside control, just like the ones ...
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Can genetically modified viruses stop antibiotic-resistant infections?

Genetically modified viruses that cause bacteria to kill themselves could be the next step in combating antibiotic-resistant infections. Several companies ...
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Deep-space travel, colonization may rely on genetically engineered life forms

Space exploration fires the imagination but presents many practical challenges—among them, how humans or organisms chosen to accompany us can ...
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Biocontainment: Genetic tweak could prevent accidental release of GMO bacteria from labs

When dealing with bacteria in a lab setting, it is often a requirement to ensure that the risk of the ...
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Blue feces: Modified gut bacteria could indicate colon cancer, inflammatory bowel disease

Checking the hue of your feces could soon reveal why you are feeling off-color. Gut bacteria in mice have been ...
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Read ELP’s Nicholas Staropoli Reddit Science ‘Ask Me Anything’ on Epigenetics: Hype and Health

Editor’s Note: On Friday, June 2nd from 1pm–3pm EDT, ELP director Nicholas Staropoli hosted a Reddit-science Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) about the hype surrounding ...
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Harvard’s George Church is revolutionizing evolution

Harvard biologist George Church burst into the headlines (yet again) [recently] when he helped organize a closed-door meeting of scores of ...
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Keys to human regeneration in worms and bioelectricity?

[W]ith the advent of gene editing, the ability for humans to make replacement organs will only become more secure in ...