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We are entering the era of artificial intelligence—how should we get ready for it?

Will Knight | 
If the US were to draw up a new AI master plan, what should it aim to do? Funding AI ...
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Gene therapy and rare diseases: ‘Is curing patients a sustainable business model?’

Antonio Regalado | 
An analyst at Goldman Sachs asked a troubling question...about gene therapy. “Is curing patients a sustainable business model?” In social media, reactions ...
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Viewpoint: We need to know if CRISPR works in monkeys and possible off-target effects before we start human trials

Emily Mullin | 
Sometime this year, people in the US and Europe will start getting treated for diseases using the gene-editing tool CRISPR, but ...
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The story behind the looming $30-billion-a-year synthetic DNA data storage market

Bryan Walsh | 
[Emily] Leproust is cofounder and CEO of Twist Bioscience, a five-year-old startup that is, by some estimates, the world’s largest ...
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MIT Media Lab halts relationship with startup Nectome over storing their brains in fatal ‘brain uploads’

Antonio Regalado | 
The MIT Media Lab will sever ties with a brain-embalming company that promoted euthanasia to people hoping for digital immortality ...
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Precision education: DNA test for intelligence could be on the horizon

Antonio Regalado | 
Ready for a world in which a $50 DNA test can predict your odds of earning a PhD or forecast ...
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Improved ‘brains’ grant robots dexterity that could soon rival humans

Will Knight | 
It might not look that special, but the robot above is, according to a new measure, the most dexterous one ...
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Battling ‘fatty liver’ disease obesity by identifying and gene-silencing mutations

Antonio Regalado | 
The search for mutations that conjure medical superpowers has turned up people who are resistant to liver disease, even if ...
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Building an Alzheimer’s early warning system through artificial intelligence

Emily Mullin | 
[A flat white box attached to the wall] knows when [David Graham] gets out of bed, gets dressed, walks to ...
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Thousand-year mind preservation with a twist: Startup Nectome’s procedure is ‘100 percent fatal’

Anthony Regalado | 
The startup accelerator Y Combinator is known for supporting audacious companies in its popular three-month boot camp. There’s never been ...
Counting on Trump: Approval of biotech animals may rely on circumventing FDA

Counting on Trump: Approval of biotech animals may rely on circumventing FDA

Antonio Regalado | 
The lobbying effort to get the FDA out of the way of biotech animals is under way. ... [Recombinetics] is ...
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Saving critically ill babies through lightning-fast genome sequencing

Emily Mullin | 
Usually it takes weeks for scientists to sequence an entire genome. But [neurologist Jennifer] Friedman and her colleagues at Rady [Children’s ...
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DNA fortune telling: Genetic tests could determine disease destiny from birth

Antonio Regalado | 
There’s never been data available on as many people’s genes as there is today. And that wealth of information is ...
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Dystopian ‘Black Mirror’ scenarios predict dark future for artificial intelligence

Will Knight | 
[A] new report by more than 20 researchers from the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, OpenAI, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation warns that ...
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‘Fully customizable’ genome: Replacing yeast’s 12.5 million base pairs piece by piece

Bryan Walsh | 
Homo sapiens has had a tight relationship with Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the unicellular fungus better known as brewer’s yeast. … That doesn’t mean S ...
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Huntington’s patients find new hope in ‘gene-silencing’ drug

Emily Mullin | 
Huntington’s is a genetic disorder that causes nerve cells in the brain to gradually break down, leading to irreversible brain ...
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Perfecting microbes to biomanufacture cells like computer chips

Monique Brouillete | 
[Researcher Alec] Nielsen heads a startup called Asimov that is trying to automate the design of sophisticated genetic modifications. Its software, called ...
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Searching for sleep: Genome mining project looks for insomnia links

Antonio Regalado | 
In a genetic study of unprecedented size, scientists have searched for inherited causes of insomnia in the DNA [of] 1,310,010 ...
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Gene therapy setback? Animal deaths in treating muscular dystrophy spark new concerns over high doses

Antonio Regalado | 
An influential scientist involved in gene therapy’s biggest setback, the death of a study volunteer 19 years ago, has issued a ...
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8 common cancers could be detected early with $500 blood test

Emily Mullin | 
A simple-to-take test that tells if you have a tumor lurking, and even where it is in your body, is ...
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CRISPR first in US: Human cancer patients to be treated with gene-editing tool

Emily Mullin | 
The first human test in the U.S. involving the gene-editing tool CRISPR could begin at any time and will employ ...
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Rural-urban divide: Groundbreaking gene therapies could exacerbate inequality in cancer care

Emily Mullin | 
Two new cancer treatments have shown miraculous cures, but if you happen to live in Arkansas or Montana, or a ...
Can CRISPR gene-edited 'terminator bulls' revolutionize the beef industry?

Can CRISPR gene-edited ‘terminator bulls’ revolutionize the beef industry?

Andrew Rosenblum | 
After a year of trying, [Australian geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam's lab at the University of California succeeded in using] the ...
Is President Trump pro-GMO?

Is President Trump pro-GMO?

Antonio Regalado | 
“We are streamlining regulations that have blocked cutting-edge biotechnology, setting free our farmers to innovate, thrive, and to grow,” Trump told a ...
Beyond GMOs: Gene editing's potential to transform food and farming depends on public acceptance

Beyond GMOs: Gene editing’s potential to transform food and farming depends on public acceptance

David Rotman | 
[The following is part of a letter from the editor of MIT Technology Review, David Rotman.] Decades of fretting over the ...
Why 2018 might not be a banner year for CRISPR gene editing in humans

Why 2018 might not be a banner year for CRISPR gene editing in humans

Emily Mullin | 
Ever since scientists first used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit living human cells in 2013, they’ve been saying that the possibilities for ...
Will new wave of gene-edited crops ease public fear of GMO food?

Will new wave of gene-edited crops ease public fear of GMO food?

Antonio Regalado | 
To many scientists, the potential of gene editing seems nearly limitless, offering a new way to rapidly create plants that ...
California cherry farmers look to 'gene drive' technology to kill invasive fruit flies

California cherry farmers look to ‘gene drive’ technology to kill invasive fruit flies

Antonio Regalado | 
Since it first appeared in Northern California in 2008, the spotted-wing drosophila, a type of fruit fly native to Asia, ...