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Quest to understand sense of touch could lead to new treatments for chronic pain

Amber Dance | 
If she wasn’t looking at her limbs, the girl didn’t seem to have any clue where they were. She lacked ...
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‘Search and destroy’: Precision stem cell treatments could be safer against blood cancers

Heidi Ledford | 
Scientists are experimenting with ways to selectively target the body’s blood-making cells for destruction. Early studies in animals and people ...
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Post-Green Revolution study: Projected crop yields unable to feed the world by 2050, we need GMOs, gene editing and other ‘genetic strategies’

Julia Bailey-Serres | 
The current trajectory for crop yields is insufficient to nourish the world’s population by 2050. Greater and more consistent crop ...

CRISPR immunizes rice, staple crop consumed by billions, against devastating bacterial infection

Genome editing has made one of the world’s most important crops resistant to a devastating bacterial infection. ... The researchers ...

Viewpoint: New study provides clear evidence of substantial insect biomass and biodiversity losses

William Kunin | 
There are certain times in life .... when we think that we know something but the evidence is less than ...
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‘De novo genes’: How natural selection creates new genes from nothing

Adam Levy | 
In the depths of winter, water temperatures in the ice-covered Arctic Ocean can sink below zero. That’s cold enough to ...
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Emerging field of ‘social genomics’ comes with ethical, societal risks: ‘Who’s going to benefit?’

David Adam | 
By looking at the genomes of people living in former coal-mining areas, [geneticist Abdel Abdellaoui] has found genetic signatures associated ...
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Researchers retract study questioning long-term health of China’s controversial CRISPR babies

Ewen Callaway | 
A study that raised questions over the future health of the world’s first gene-edited babies has been retracted because of ...

Science journals should publish negative results to speed technological advances, CRISPR expert urges

Devang Mehta | 
Near the end of April, my colleagues and I published an unusual scientific paper — one reporting a failed experiment ...アタマ・しかけ・P)iPS■年、見えた課題㊤-data-x-1-1-204x100.jpg

Japan’s quest to be world leader in regenerative medicine sparks surge in questionable stem cell treatments

David Cyranoski | 
In the United States, authorities have grappled with a surge of clinics selling therapies that are unsupported by evidence and, ...
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Distrust in government, biotech literacy dictate public opinion on GMO crops in China, survey shows

Yawei Zhao | 
This paper analyzes the awareness and attitudes of the Chinese public toward genetically modified (GM) foods with different types of ...
Biotech startups challenge multinational seed company market domination with CRISPR

Biotech startups challenge multinational seed company market domination with CRISPR

Emily Waltz | 
Inari, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, plans to use the total $144 million it has raised so far to develop crops ...
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World’s favorite banana faces extinction. Are GMOs, CRISPR the final hope?

Amy Maxmen | 
The race to engineer the next-generation banana is on. The Colombian government confirmed [in August] that a banana-killing fungus has ...
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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...