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Asia is pulling ahead in the AI race – but are ethics being prioritized?

Globally, future outlooks for artificial intelligence (AI) swing between two extremes—excited anticipation about the positive impact AI will have on ...
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Can we trust self-regulation? As artificial embryos creep closer to the real thing, when do we hit pause?

Antonio Regalado | 
[R]esearchers at the University of Michigan are reporting that they’ve learned to efficiently manufacture realistic models of human embryos from stem cells ...
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How CRISPR could help eradicate chronic pain

Antonio Regalado | 
The street performer was only 10 years old. He put knives through his arms and walked on hot embers. By ...
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Bacterial gene found in CRISPR-edited cow DNA raises new regulatory hurdles for animal gene editing

Antonio Regalado | 
They were the poster animals for the gene-editing revolution, appearing in story after story. By adding just a few letters ...
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An argument for why no one should live past 75

Ezekiel Emanuel, Stephen Hall | 
[Physician Ezekiel] Emanuel vowed to refuse not only heroic medical interventions once he turned 75, but also antibiotics and vaccinations ...
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Inside the transhumanist quest for ‘super-longevity’

Antonio Regalado | 
Transhumanism is a patchwork of beliefs about how technology will enhance the human condition, maybe radically so. There are Extropians ...
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If we classified aging as a disease, would it change the way we treat it?

David Adam | 
What would change if we classified aging itself as the disease?  David Sinclair, a geneticist at Harvard Medical School, is ...
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‘Elixir of life’: Can epigenetic reprogramming help us live longer and healthier?

Erika Hayasaki | 
[Juan Carlos]  Izpisúa Belmonte can rejuvenate aging, dying animals. He can rewind time. But just as quickly as he blows ...
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Improving artificial intelligence by teaching our machines to reason

Karen Hao | 
Deep learning, the category of AI algorithms that kick-started the field’s most recent revolution, has made immense strides in giving ...
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What we know about Elon Musk’s ‘dramatic’ plan to link human brains to computers through implants

Antonio Regalado | 
[July 16], fans and haters of Elon Musk turned out by the thousands to watch an internet live-stream of the ...
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Will China tell the world about its third controversial CRISPR baby?

Antonio Regalado | 
The Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing, held in Hong Kong last November, was meant to debate the pros ...
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Monkeys given gene-edited pig organs in quest to address human transplant shortage

Karen Weintraub | 
In 2017, Harvard University geneticist George Church predicted that gene-edited pig organs would be transplanted into people within two years—maybe ...
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CRISPR babies with ‘protective’ HIV mutation could have shorter life span

Antonio Regalado | 
When the Chinese scientist He Jiankui created the first gene-edited children, he dreamed of improving the world. He believed the ...
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Why biotech firms are jumping into the cannabis business

Antonio Regalado | 
As biotechnology embraces the legal cannabis industry, not a few of its executives are grappling with a dilemma: what will ...
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Searching for a CRISPR antidote in case gene editing is used as a weapon

Antonio Regalado | 
[W]hat’s to stop a madman, terrorist, or state from employing CRISPR to cause harm?... In her book A Crack in Creation, ...
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Testing human intelligence by putting our brain genes in monkeys

Antonio Regalado | 
Human intelligence is one of evolution’s most consequential inventions. It is the result of a sprint that started millions of ...
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Gene-editing rock stars: Geneticists set record with 13,200 CRISPR edits of single cell, opening door to ‘radical redesign’ of species

Anthony Regalado | 
Since its invention, CRISPR has let scientists introduce DNA changes at specific locations in a genome. Often these precise changes ...
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Top CRISPR researchers want global moratorium on heritable gene editing

Niall Firth | 
After the first International Summit on Human Gene Editing in December 2015, a statement was released. The organizers were unanimous ...
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Gene therapy could offer ‘one-time genetic tune-up’ for Alzheimer’s patients

Antonio Regalado | 
No one knows for certain what causes Alzheimer’s disease. But one fact about the condition has gained nearly irrefutable status ...
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Searching for ‘hidden talents’: Chinese parents turn to genetic tests for their toddlers

Michael Standaert | 
Fears of seeing their children fall behind their peers have left Chinese parents searching for anything to give them a ...
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Can we slow aging by killing off toxic cells? This small human study passed its first test

Karen Weintraub | 
A red-hot anti-aging strategy quietly passed its first test earlier this year after 14 volunteers took drugs meant to kill off ...
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Did China’s CRISPR babies have their brains enhanced? It’s possible.

Antonio Regalado | 
The brains of two genetically edited girls born in China last year may have been changed in ways that enhance ...
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We are in the midst of a consumer DNA ‘testing frenzy’

Antonio Regalado | 
By the start of 2019, more than 26 million consumers had added their DNA to four leading commercial ancestry and ...
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Are DIY designer babies a real possibility?

Antonio Regalado | 
[Bryan] Bishop, a 29-year-old programmer and Bitcoin investor, has been leaving a trail of comments about human “enhancement” on the ...
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Stanford investigating whether faculty has ties to controversial Chinese CRISPR baby experiment

Antonio Regalado | 
Officials at Stanford University have opened an investigation into what several high-profile faculty members knew about a Chinese effort to ...
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Why we don’t have to worry about ‘designer babies’: Altering intelligence is too hard

Antonio Regalado | 
One of the main worries that the public has about CRISPR is that it could be used to create “designer babies” with increased levels ...
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Preventing opioid overdoses with a smart phone app that monitors breathing patterns

Charlotte Jee | 
The opioid epidemic in the US kills 115 Americans every day, with fentanyl by far the biggest killer. Per year, drugs in ...
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Why 2018 was such a big year for DNA data

Antonio Regalado | 
These were some of the surprising new uses of DNA information that emerged over the last 12 months as genetic ...