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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 ...
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Improving human sperm with gene editing? Harvard researcher moves forward as scientists debate CRISPR babies

Anthony Regalado | 
In the wild uproar around an experiment in China that created twin girls whose genes were altered to protect them ...
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Chinese researcher’s claims of gene-edited babies prompts investigation

Antonio Regalado | 
A Chinese researcher who claims to have created the first gene-edited babies, He Jiankui of the Southern University of Science and ...
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One scientist’s quest for an anti-aging drug

Judith Campisi, Stephen Hall | 
Judith Campisi has been a leading figure in the biology of aging since the early 1990s, when her research on ...
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Inside a couple’s quest to pay for an experimental gene therapy to save their children

Antonio Regalado | 
“We need your help, we really do,” Gary [Landsman] says, his voice breaking. The Landsmans’ two sons—Benny, then 18 months, ...
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Designer babies are already here—and why we should be worried

Laura Herscher | 
Matthew assumed the weakness in his knee was the sort of orthopedic nuisance that happens when you turn 30. … ...
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Geneticist Carlos Bustamante’s effort to make DNA databases less white

Carlos Bustamante, David Rotman | 
In the 15 years since the Human Genome Project first exposed our DNA blueprint, vast amounts of genetic data have ...
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Optical illusions and why neural networks can’t seem to figure them out

[Optical illusions] are interesting because they provide insight into the nature of the visual system and perception. So ways of ...
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Why it’s critical for AI to be given a good dose of common sense

Will Knight | 
Wherever artificial intelligence is deployed, you will find it has failed in some amusing way. Take the strange errors made by translation algorithms ...
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Storing movies on DNA pellets? School-bus-sized gene storage machine may help pave the way

Antonio Regalado | 
In a world awash with data, DNA is a hugely compact way to store it. The data on every iPhone, PC, ...
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Monitoring blood pressure with a wearable ‘stick-on patch’

Rachel Metz | 
The last time you had your blood pressure checked, it was probably at a doctor’s office with a bulky cuff ...
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Why is former basketball player Shawn Bradley so tall? His DNA could offer the answer

Antonio Regalado | 
As a first-round draft pick from Brigham Young University, Shawn Bradley caused a hubbub during the 1993 NBA draft. That ...
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Large drug trials are expensive and results often misleading. A new genetic tool might cure those problems.

Gary Taubes | 
[C]orrelation is not causation. The fact that two phenomena or trends are correlated in time does not mean one causes ...
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CRISPR treatment for dogs with muscular dystrophy could one day lead to a cure for humans

Antonio Regalado | 
Dogs suffering from muscular dystrophy are having their genomes edited with CRISPR, and the results are “mind-blowing.” Researchers from Texas ...
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Can artificial intelligence point out employee weaknesses, training needs?

Elizabeth Woyke | 
Here’s the conundrum with corporate online learning: there are so many classes available from sites like Coursera, edX, and Udacity that companies ...
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Rekindling the debate over using CRISPR to edit human embryos

Antonio Regalado | 
Facing criticism from fellow scientists, the researcher behind the world’s largest effort to edit human embryos with CRISPR is vowing ...
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Can genes predict our chances of educational success?

Antonio Regalado | 
The largest-ever genetic study on human cognition has found more than 1,000 links between people’s genes and how far they ...
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Scientist chases cure for her rare brain disorder using ‘clear genetic blueprint’

Antonio Regalado | 
In 2011, Sonia Vallabh was handed a genetic report that contained a death sentence. But it also held a map ...
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One researcher’s unorthodox approach to understanding memory

Rachel Metz | 
Mostafa “Neo” Mohsenvand often walks around with a fisheye lens on a smartphone strapped to his chest and a black, ...
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Could printable lungs solve transplant shortage?

Antonio Regalado | 
[Recently] I had the chance to hold a replica of the upper part of a human airway—the windpipe plus the ...
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Want to be a cyborg? Here are 5 steps you can take

Rachel Metz | 
We’ve put together a list to introduce you to some of the most interesting products that can help you upgrade ...
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What do we have to fear from synthetic bioweapons?

Antonio Regalado | 
A study ordered by the US Department of Defense has concluded that new genetic-engineering tools are expanding the range of malicious ...
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‘Turbocharged’ artificial synapses could make artificial intelligence 100 times more efficient

Will Knight | 
Neural networks are the crown jewel of the AI boom. They gorge on data and do things like transcribe speech ...
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Expanded genetic testing of newborns could help us get the most out of new gene therapies

Emily Mullin | 
The company behind [spinal muscular atrophy drug] AveXis, is seeing the most dramatic results in children who are treated in ...
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Will this ‘germ game’ help us prepare for a terror attack using a bioengineered virus?

Antonio Regalado | 
In June 2001, a group of government officials and journalists play-acted their way through a “germ game,” a fictional scenario ...
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This journalist lost a bet, and now he has to put his DNA results on the internet

Antonio Regalado | 
It all started after the arrest of the alleged Golden State Killer in April. Police had uploaded crime-scene DNA to ...