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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 ...
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‘Good Reasons for Bad Feelings’: Understanding evolution’s role in anxiety, depression and making us human

Adrian Woolfson | 
[In] the thought-provoking Good Reasons for Bad Feelings, [evolutionary] psychiatrist Randolph Nesse offers insights that radically reframe psychiatric conditions. In his ...
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Who were the Denisovans? This Siberian cave could offer answers

Ewen Callaway | 
Samantha Brown didn’t have high hopes when she opened the ziplock bag containing some 700 shards of bone. It would ...
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Lassa epidemic: Nigeria uses CRISPR to get early jump on viral outbreaks

Amy Maxmen | 
An epidemic of Lassa fever in Nigeria that has killed 69 people this year is on track to be the ...
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Genetic testing could predict potential for cancerous growths to become invasive lung cancer

Heidi Greulich, Andrew Cherniack | 
A type of non-invasive cancer called carcinoma in situ (CIS) can occur in the human lung. Some cases of CIS will ...
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Brewer’s yeast could be used to produce rare cannabis-derived compounds that treat anxiety, pain

Elie Dolgin | 
The yeast that people have used for millennia to brew alcoholic drinks has now been engineered to produce cannabinoids — ...
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Synthetic doubling of life’s DNA alphabet suggests there’s nothing ‘magical’ about life on Earth

Matthew Warren | 
The DNA of life on Earth naturally stores its information in just four key chemicals — guanine, cytosine, adenine and ...
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Animal gene-editing researchers leaving US to escape FDA’s ‘regulatory confusion’

Heidi Ledford | 
In a few weeks, reproductive biologist Charles Long will travel from Texas to São Paulo, Brazil in search of collaborators ...
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How global climate change makes it harder to farm: Higher CO2 levels, warmer temperatures may spur glyphosate resistance in some weeds

Maor Matzrafi | 
Herbicides are the most commonly used means of controlling weeds. Recently, there has been growing concern over the potential impacts ...
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Lab-grown meat poised for commercial success, but technical challenges may delay its debut

Elie Dolgin | 
Private investment in lab-grown meat is soaring as companies chase the promise of boundless — and delicious — nuggets, steaks ...
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Tectonic ‘Origins’: Book examines how Earth’s hills and valleys jumpstarted evolution

Kevin Padian | 
In this age of worldwide climatic deterioration, many authors have documented what we are doing to our planet. Lewis Dartnell ...
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‘Software’ differences between monkey, human brains could explain our susceptibility to mental illness

Alison Abbott | 
Neuroscientists have for the first time discovered differences between the ‘software’ of humans and monkey brains, using a technique that ...
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Indian biotech research may get a boost from court ruling that upheld Monsanto’s patent on GMO cotton

Gayathri Vaidyanathan | 
Some scientists in India have welcomed a supreme court ruling that reinstates a patent on genetically modified cotton that had ...
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Japan approves stem-cell therapy for spinal cord injuries—but does it even work?

David Cyranoski | 
Japan has approved a stem-cell treatment for spinal-cord injuries. The event marks the first such therapy for this kind of ...
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Forests can slow global warming, but growing evidence suggests they aren’t ‘climate saviors’

Gabriel Popkin | 
When it comes to fighting global warming, trees have emerged as one of the most popular weapons. With nations making ...
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Disease-resistant cassava could help safeguard against starvation in developing countries

Amy Maxmen | 
[Ismail] Rabbi, a geneticist at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) in Ibadan, Nigeria, and his colleagues are on ...
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Viewpoint: The problem with personalized medicine is that ‘statistics are being misinterpreted’

Stephen Senn | 
Personalized medicine aims to match individuals with the therapy that is best suited to them and their condition. Advocates proclaim ...