Food Evolution director: Organic, natural food industries use misinformation and fear to sell products

Food Evolution director: Organic, natural food industries use misinformation and fear to sell products

You’ve probably heard the same conversation, in one way or another, for years: Some say genetically modified organisms (GMO) are ...
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Treating spinal cord injuries by genetically modifying cells that help us smell

Researchers from the University of Bristol have just shared the promising results of a new treatment for spinal cord injuries that could ...
Spy plants? DARPA working on genetically engineered surveillance sensors

Spy plants? DARPA working on genetically engineered surveillance sensors

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the think-tank that’s under the U.S. Department of Defense, recently announced that it’s ...
Fighting Zika: Gene edited, 3-eyed flightless mosquitoes

Fighting Zika: Gene edited, 3-eyed flightless mosquitoes

[I]n an effort to demonstrate how gene editing could be used to eradicate the mosquito species Aedes aegypti —a major carrier of ...
11 things CRISPR gene editing has helped us achieve this year

11 things CRISPR gene editing has helped us achieve this year

The CRISPR//Cas9 gene editing tool has quickly earned a reputation as a revolutionary technology, and its merits support the clout ...
Age-related macular degeneration may be treatable using viral injection gene therapy

Age-related macular degeneration may be treatable using viral injection gene therapy

[R]esearchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine were looking for ways to treat a particular type of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) known as a wet ...
Inheritance of epigenetic modifications observed through 14 generations in roundworms

Inheritance of epigenetic modifications observed through 14 generations in roundworms

To a degree, our lineage dictates how our genes are expressed, how we look, age, and live. However, a recent study ...
Can quantum mechanics explain human consciousness?

Can quantum mechanics explain human consciousness?

Despite all the research we’ve done, we still know relatively little about how the human brain works, and we know ...
When two parents lack the DNA for a healthy baby, can a third person help?

When two parents lack the DNA for a healthy baby, can a third person help?

The long-held belief that we get half our genes from our father and the other half from our mother may ...
On the horizon: Genes pointing to potential Parkinson's disease therapies

On the horizon: Genes pointing to potential Parkinson’s disease therapies

The ongoing revolution in genetics is playing an increasingly important role in our understanding of the [Parkinson's] disease while also revealing ...
Infographic: Explore the future of genetic engineering and food

Infographic: Explore the future of genetic engineering and food

The first genetically engineered apple, Arctic Apple, a modified variety of Golden Delicious, hit stores in test markets in the ...
Body parts from fruit? Skin grafts may use apples to grow human tissue

Body parts from fruit? Skin grafts may use apples to grow human tissue

Biophysicist Andrew Pelling of University of Ottawa wants to [use apples to determine] the future of biomaterials and human tissue repair.... “What ...
For precision medicine to work, physicians must incorporate holistic health factors, like belief

For precision medicine to work, physicians must incorporate holistic health factors, like belief

[Editor's note: Dr. Sharon Bergquist is a clinician in the division of general medicine and geriatrics at Emory University. She also ...
Human rights and CRIPSR: Will gene editing be monopolized by the rich?

Human rights and CRIPSR: Will gene editing be monopolized by the rich?

We are all subject to the genetic lottery. That’s how it’s always been, and for a while, we thought that was ...
Video: Mail-order CRISPR? Company aims to put gene-editing tool in more hands

Video: Mail-order CRISPR? Company aims to put gene-editing tool in more hands

Despite its controversy, CRISPR gene editing has taken the world by storm, revolutionizing the fields of medicine, bioengineering, and beyond ...
20 percent of cancer patients resistant to chemotherapy -- tweaking gene expression could help

20 percent of cancer patients resistant to chemotherapy — tweaking gene expression could help

Approximately 20 percent of all cancers have a mutation that makes them incredibly resistant to chemotherapy – a gene called KRAS. KRAS-mutant ...
Curiosity about ideas, experiences may be related to higher cognitive ability

Curiosity about ideas, experiences may be related to higher cognitive ability

[An international team of 60 researchers], led by Todd Lencz from the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, studied the genes ...
'Brain on a chip': In vitro model finds regional links to specific diseases, treatments

‘Brain on a chip’: In vitro model finds regional links to specific diseases, treatments

We have come a long way in our understanding of how the brain works, but the more we know about ...
Reprogramming stem cells into motor neurons could help patients with paralysis

Reprogramming stem cells into motor neurons could help patients with paralysis

[S]cientists developed a mechanism to directly reprogram stem cells into motor neurons. Cell reprogramming is a novel exploration in medical studies ...
Genetics could help teachers tailor learning to individual students

Genetics could help teachers tailor learning to individual students

Something that becomes very clear to teachers as they spend time in classrooms is that different students have different learning ...
Cancer can emerge from changes to epigenome, not just gene mutations

Cancer can emerge from changes to epigenome, not just gene mutations

Doctors’ ruling perspective on cancer has been that it is caused by a series of genetic changes. However, a team ...

Breakthrough synthetic nervous system performs “remarkably similar” to human system

In a breakthrough for regenerative medicine, scientists have grown intestinal tissues with functional nerves in a laboratory setup using human ...
Bioartificial kidneys may soon improve treatment of patients with renal failure

Bioartificial kidneys may soon improve treatment of patients with renal failure

Dutch researchers Dimitrios Stamatialis of the University of Twente, Roos Masereeuw from the University of Utrecht, and their teams have ...
Manipulating DNA to conduct electricity could lead to faster, more powerful computers

Manipulating DNA to conduct electricity could lead to faster, more powerful computers

The ability to use DNA as a construction material, capable of holding scaffolds of molecules and atoms was one huge ...
Designer bacteria: Genetically modified pills are a radical new way to treat rare stomach ailments

Designer bacteria: Genetically modified pills are a radical new way to treat rare stomach ailments

Designer bacteria are organisms that have been genetically modified to include a new function to make it do something it ...
Unapproved DNA drug therapy could reduce breast cancer and leukemia tumors

Unapproved DNA drug therapy could reduce breast cancer and leukemia tumors

Promising data has revealed a new treatment for breast cancer and leukemia. It works by attacking cancer cells’ ability to repair ...
Autism gene? Rare tumor helps build map of how disorder works

Autism gene? Rare tumor helps build map of how disorder works

The genetics surrounding autism has been the focus of many researchers’ investigations. MIT scientists recently reversed symptoms of autism through gene ...
Snipping at HIV's genome with CRISPR may introduce mutations that help virus resist attack

Snipping at HIV’s genome with CRISPR may introduce mutations that help virus resist attack

[I]t seems that CRISPR itself may introduce mutations that help HIV resist attack; however, the team behind the work thinks that ...