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‘Using Nature’s Shuttle’: Judith A. Heiman’s fascinating new book about how scientists learned to create genetically modified crops

Jonathan D.G. Jones | 
Judith A. Heimann’s recent book [Using Nature's Shuttle] provides a thoroughly engaging account of how [the mystery of plant crown ...
First real anti-aging drug on the horizon? Common drugs turned back body’s epigenetic clock 2.5 years in small trial

First real anti-aging drug on the horizon? Common drugs turned back body’s epigenetic clock 2.5 years in small trial

Alison Abbott | 
A small clinical study in California has suggested for the first time that it might be possible to reverse the ...
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Japanese woman receives first artificial cornea created from reprogrammed stem cells

David Cyranoski | 
A Japanese woman in her forties has become the first person in the world to have her cornea repaired using ...
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CRISPR creates ‘smart’ hydrogels that could lead to therapies capable of fighting multiple infections, diseases

Ewen Callaway | 
Is there anything CRISPR can’t do? Scientists have wielded the gene-editing tool to make scores of genetically modified organisms, as ...
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‘Built to forget’: Why memory lapses are good for our brains

Lauren Gravitz | 
Until about ten years ago, most researchers thought that forgetting was a passive process in which memories, unused, decay over ...
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Finnish ecological sustainability study: Glyphosate-based Roundup herbicide has ‘minor, transient’ impacts on soil and animal health

Marleena Hagner | 
Despite an increasing concern of consequences of using vast amounts of glyphosate-based herbicides in agroecosystems, their potential effects on non-target ...
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‘Synthetic signalling networks’ between GMO plants, bacteria could boost crop yields

Barney Geddes | 
The root microbiota is critical for agricultural yield, with growth-promoting bacteria able to solubilize phosphate, produce plant growth hormones, antagonize ...
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EU food-testing labs must track unapproved CRISPR crop imports—but there’s no easy way to do it

Heidi Ledford | 
A landmark European court ruling that made gene-edited crops subject to the same stringent regulations as other genetically modified organisms ...
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Infographic: Here’s how gene drives would fight mosquitos, malaria

Megan Scudellari | 
Gene drives have rapidly become a routine technology in some laboratories; scientists can now whip up a drive in months ...
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African cassava mosaic virus poses serious threat to food security. Is CRISPR gene editing the answer?

Edward Rybicki | 
.... African cassava mosaic virus (ACMV) has been linked to famine and indirectly to the deaths of thousands of people ...
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Scientific, social and ethical barriers must be overcome before the world is ready for CRISPR babies, researchers say

Heidi Ledford | 
Nature asked researchers and other stakeholders what hurdles remain before heritable gene editing could become acceptable as a clinical tool ...
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Viewpoint: To boost sustainable farming, new UN Food and Agriculture Organization chief should promote science-based policies

The United Nations body is about to elect a new director‑general. The choice will affect the entire globe for years ...
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GMO crops could have slowed fall armyworm pest advance across China

Andrew Silver | 
A hungry caterpillar that ravages crops is advancing across China and threatening the nation’s vast supply of maize. Scientists are ...
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Another CRISPR controversy brews as Russian scientist announces plans to produce gene-edited babies

David Cyranoski | 
A Russian scientist says he is planning to produce gene-edited babies, an act that would make him only the second ...
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This tech start-up wants to ‘hack’ efforts to save endangered species, ecosystems

Lisa Palmer | 
After an unorthodox career in science that has included setting up a national park in an active war zone in ...
Nutritionally enhanced GMO crops could boost public health worldwide, so why have we developed so few?

Nutritionally enhanced GMO crops could boost public health worldwide, so why have we developed so few?

Johnathan Napier | 
The potential for using genetic modification (GM) to enhance the nutritional composition of crops .... has been recognized since the ...
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Anti-GMO Russia joins global CRISPR ‘bonanza,’ investing $1.7 billion in gene-edited crop research

Olga Dobrovidova | 
Russia is embracing gene-editing. A 111-billion-rouble (US$1.7-billion) federal programme aims to create 10 new varieties of gene-edited crops and animals ...
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Short or tall? Genes account for 79% of height differences, study shows

Linda Geddes | 
Since the human genome was sequenced nearly two decades ago, researchers have struggled to fully identify the genetic factors responsible [for ...
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Pushing for greater diversity in genetic databases by ending ‘cycle of disengagement’

Giorgia Guglielmi | 
For the past 30 years, human genomics has made exciting advances in reconstructing population history and identifying which genes make ...
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CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing unlikely to cause off-target mutations in plants, study shows

Joshua Young | 
CRISPR-Cas9 enabled genome engineering has great potential for improving agriculture productivity, but the possibility of unintended off-target edits has evoked ...
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Turning brain signals into speech using artificial intelligence moves closer to reality

Giorgia Guglielmi | 
In an effort to provide a voice for people who can’t speak, neuroscientists have designed a device that can transform ...
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Australia adopts relaxed CRISPR gene-editing rules, ‘middle ground’ between US, EU extremes

Smriti Mallapaty | 
The Australian government will not regulate the use of gene-editing techniques in plants, animals and human cell lines that do ...
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Do men and women feel pain differently?

Amber Dance | 
Pain researchers are opening their eyes to the spectrum of responses across sexes. Results are starting to trickle out, and ...
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Viewpoint: FDA plan to regulate CRISPR-edited animals as drugs will keep innovative products off the market

Alison Van Eenennaam | 
[T]he U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed mandatory premarket new animal drug regulatory evaluation for all food animals ...
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Plan to battle citrus greening disease in Florida with antibiotics sparks backlash from activists, some scientists

Maryn McKenna | 
In the next month or so, orange trees across Florida will erupt in white blossoms, signalling the start of another ...
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‘Paradigm shifting’: Monthly injections could replace daily pills for HIV patients

Amy Maxmen | 
Long-acting medicines have proved as effective as daily pills in preventing HIV from replicating, according to results from twin trials ...
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China tightens gene-editing regulations in wake of CRISPR baby scandal

David Cyranoski | 
China’s health ministry has issued draft regulations that will restrict the use of gene editing in humans, just three months ...
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Among questions lingering after CRISPR-babies controversy: When will it happen again?

David Cyranoski | 
In the three months since He Jiankui announced the birth of twin girls with edited genomes, the questions facing the ...