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The CRISPR Journal: New peer-reviewed publication dedicated to cutting edge research

Julianna LeMieux | 
Several features of CRISPR are behind the rise in the excitement that surrounds it. It is an incredibly easy to do, ...
Genetically attracted: Online dating site wants to use DNA for matchmaking

Genetically attracted: Online dating site wants to use DNA for matchmaking

Eric Lief | 
With the online dating market exploding into a multi-billion dollar business, it's no surprise that entrepreneurs crave a piece of ...
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Beepocalypse myth busting: Honey bees, not wild species, key for crop pollination—and they’re doing fine

Alex Berezow | 
Like GMOs and vaccines, misinformation is rife on the topic of bees. Fearmongers warn of a coming "Beepocalypse." The media ...
Nation's expanding waistline linked to increase in 13 types of cancer

Nation’s expanding waistline linked to increase in 13 types of cancer

Ruth Kava | 
It's common knowledge that as a country, we've been getting fatter for decades. In some states the prevalence of obesity ...
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Treating difficult brain and breast cancers with the help of viruses

Julianna LeMieux | 
New research published in Science Translational Medicine ... introduced a new potential treatment for some of the most difficult to treat cancers––brain and triple negative ...
Luxturna gene therapy approved for vision loss

Luxturna gene therapy approved for vision loss

Julianna LeMieux | 
The first two novel gene therapies for cancer treatment passed through FDA approval earlier this year, first B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) followed quickly ...
Why we stutter

Why we stutter

Eric Lief | 
While the average American might not come across it on a daily basis, stuttering is a relatively common condition. So when ...
Isolating DNA for research inexpensively in 30 seconds

Isolating DNA for research inexpensively in 30 seconds

Julianna LeMieux | 
The ability to extract DNA from cells is a cornerstone of molecular biology. Without the ability to isolate pure DNA, there ...
Could GMO Golden Rice be teamed with vitamin A supplements to tackle global childhood blindness?

Could GMO Golden Rice be teamed with vitamin A supplements to tackle global childhood blindness?

Ruth Kava | 
I want more than just having Golden Rice — I want it to be widely available to people who eat ...
Why some Amish are genetically wired to live longer

Why some Amish are genetically wired to live longer

Ruth Kava | 
Although known mainly for their adherence to an older, simpler way of life, some Amish folks also have a genetic ...
DIY gene therapy? FDA is not a fan

DIY gene therapy? FDA is not a fan

Julianna LeMieux | 
A few biohackers (fans of do-it-yourself (DIY) science experiments) recently designed a gene therapy for HIV. Not only that, they posted a video ...
Era of unregulated stem cell therapies may be coming to an end

Era of unregulated stem cell therapies may be coming to an end

Jamie Wells | 
Is the Wild West of stem cell therapies coming to an end? Newly released guidelines from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggest ...
Viewpoint: Newsweek's surprisingly unscientific view of the genetics of obesity

Viewpoint: Newsweek’s surprisingly unscientific view of the genetics of obesity

Chuck Dinerstein | 
[Editor's note: Dr. Charles Dinerstein is a retired vascular surgeon.] In a nod to science, Newsweek reported that there might be genetic underpinnings ...
Golden Potatoes: Vitamin-A fortified GMO variety could help tackle childhood blindness in Africa

Golden Potatoes: Vitamin-A fortified GMO variety could help tackle childhood blindness in Africa

Ruth Kava | 
We've been praising the development of Golden Rice, genetically engineered to contain the vitamin A precursor beta-carotene, for years. Since vitamin ...
Why does testicular cancer respond better to chemotherapy? Stem cells

Why does testicular cancer respond better to chemotherapy? Stem cells

Eric Lief | 
It’s because of the stem cells. Cornell University researchers determined that for testicular cancer, those cells are more capable of responding ...
Biopesticides: Creating a mosquito-fighting bacteria wasn't easy—or fast

Biopesticides: Creating a mosquito-fighting bacteria wasn’t easy—or fast

Hank Campbell | 
[A]fter decades of international scientific effort, a new mosquito biopesticide (a pesticide that uses natural bacteria) has been approved. And it only took a year and ...
Veterans' suicide attempts linked to gene expression

Veterans’ suicide attempts linked to gene expression

Alex Berezow | 
Though they only compose 8.5% of the U.S. population, veterans make up 18% of all suicides. Complicating matters is that ...
Viewpoint: Anti-pesticide activists exploit chemical testing technology to scare public

Viewpoint: Anti-pesticide activists exploit chemical testing technology to scare public

Hank Campbell | 
One religious group forecast an apocalypse a few weeks ago. They used the Bible as their source. More recently, a newer religion ...
Mild to murderous: Zika's one mutation evolution

Mild to murderous: Zika’s one mutation evolution

Lila Abassi | 
Zika has been around for some time – first identified in 1947 in Uganda -  but it was never really given much thought.  It ...
40 percent of cancer cases linked to lifestyle, obesity; minor impact of chemicals

40 percent of cancer cases linked to lifestyle, obesity; minor impact of chemicals

Hank Campbell | 
Decades ago, when activist groups were promoting every trace chemical they could find as a carcinogen, the American Council on ...
Questioning the benefits of caffeine for Parkinson’s patients

Questioning the benefits of caffeine for Parkinson’s patients

Eric Lief | 
A few years ago we were told that something as basic as drinking coffee conferred benefits upon those with Parkinson's ...
Biologics joining fight against asthma

Biologics joining fight against asthma

Josh Bloom | 
Should you be unfortunate enough to suffer from asthma, things are looking up. There are new biological therapies out there that ...
Viewpoint: No, we are not facing an imminent global food shortage

Viewpoint: No, we are not facing an imminent global food shortage

Alex Berezow | 
The Quartz article [“The world could run out of food two decades earlier than thought”] leaned heavily upon the testimony ...
Collapsing bubbles may have given rise to life

Collapsing bubbles may have given rise to life

Alex Berezow | 
The origin of life is a profound mystery. Once life arose, natural selection and evolution took over, but the question ...
Genetic engineering could increase biofuel production by fattening plant leaves

Genetic engineering could increase biofuel production by fattening plant leaves

Erik Lief | 
While there are legions of plant researchers dedicated to the idea of using GMOs to maximize food production, there's a ...
Baby or your life: Pregnant women with cancer face impossible choice

Baby or your life: Pregnant women with cancer face impossible choice

Jamie Wells | 
Sadly, a woman’s tragic story-- recently all over the news-- plays out in the real world more often than people may ...
Viewpoint: Politico  exaggerated link between climate change and food 'nutrient collapse’

Viewpoint: Politico exaggerated link between climate change and food ‘nutrient collapse’

Chuck Dinerstein | 
Politico offered the following headline, The great nutrient collapse, The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the ...
Junk science: Journal paid to publish 'food industry conspiracy' paper—funded by organic industry

Junk science: Journal paid to publish ‘food industry conspiracy’ paper—funded by organic industry

Hank Campbell | 
Gary Ruskin, the chief junkyard dog of US Right To Know, an industry front group created by Organic Consumers Association ...