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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 ...

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 ...

Attacking Parkinson’s with ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells

David Cyranoski | 
Japanese neurosurgeons have implanted ‘reprogrammed’ stem cells into the brain of a patient with Parkinson’s disease for the first time ...

UN rejects gene drive moratorium, but agrees to some limits

Ewen Callaway | 
Nations rejected a proposal to temporarily ban the release of organisms carrying gene drives — a genetic-engineering technology designed to ...

Lab-grown ‘mini brains’ are similar to those of premature babies and why that’s a concern

Sara Reardon | 
‘Mini brains’ grown in a dish have spontaneously produced human-like brain waves for the first time — and the electrical ...
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The future is now: Here are the most promising synthetic biology projects

Dan Fletcher | 
Never has it been more possible to engineer biology (see ‘Tailor, not tinker’). But solving grand problems requires a switch ...

Creating life from the ‘bottom up’: Can we make cells from scratch?

Kendall Powell | 
There were just eight ingredients: two proteins, three buffering agents, two types of fat molecule and some chemical energy. But ...
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‘Deep learning’ sheds light on natural selection in human DNA

Amy Maxmen | 
Each person’s genome contains three billion building blocks called nucleotides, and researchers must compile data from thousands of people to ...

Rarely studied African genes fill in ‘blank canvas’ of early human history

Amy Maxmen | 
Humankind’s early history in Africa is coming into sharper focus with a new study of 180 genomes from a dozen ...

500,000-genome-strong UK Biobank offers ‘wisdom from crowds’

Precision medicine aims to improve treatments for individuals, but to do so it needs information from crowds. Only by tracking ...
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Why the patent system could help shape the future of gene editing

Shobita Parthasarathy | 
A crucial part of the arsenal for shaping the future of gene editing is hiding in plain sight: the patent ...
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DNA forensic analysis soon will be ‘vastly more powerful’—good for crime fighting, problematic for privacy

Ewen Callaway | 
Genetic sleuthing techniques that led to the arrest of a suspect in the infamous Golden State Killer case this year ...

Japan poised to permit gene editing on human embryos by 2019

David Cyranoski | 
Japan has issued draft guidelines that allow the use of gene-editing tools in human embryos. The proposal was released by ...
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Viewpoint: Costly regulations prevent consumers from enjoying benefits of biotech crops

[T]hree papers [recently published] from research groups around the world detail attempts to make a new type of super-tomato: one ...

Viewpoint: New book ‘Blueprint’ revisits the dangerous theory of genetic determinism

Nathaniel Comfort | 
It’s never a good time for another bout of genetic determinism, but it’s hard to imagine a worse one than ...
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Puzzling out how the brain turns electrical pulses into ‘thoughts, actions and emotions’

Giorgia Guglielmi | 
Neuroscientists have tried for decades to observe the swift electrical signals that are a major component of the brain’s language ...

Viewpoint: When it comes to CRISPR crop regulations, Europe must trust its biotech experts

Josep M. Casacuberta, Pere Puigdomènech | 
The latest ruling by the European Court of Justice requires that crops created using gene-editing techniques such as CRISPR must ...
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In-body gene editing successful in first trial, targeting Hunter syndrome

Heidi Ledford | 
A therapy that edits genes directly in the human body might be safe, suggest early findings from the first trial ...

Challenging our understanding of the genetics behind the evolution of human language

Matthew Warren | 
The evolution of human language was once thought to have hinged on changes to a single gene that were so ...
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Marijuana-derived epilepsy drug might pave the way for GMO cannabis research

Amy Maxmen | 
Legal hurdles to exploring marijuana’s medicinal properties might soon fall in the wake of the US Food and Drug Administration’s ...

Fighting disease with genetically modified bacteria

Sara Reardon | 
Several companies are testing whether engineered bacteria can treat conditions that affect the brain, liver and other organs — and ...

Viewpoint: Golden State Killer case provokes discussion about ethics and DNA

Last week’s arrest of a suspect in the Golden State Killer case in California has highlighted how DNA samples that ...

Are these brain-protecting cells actually contributing to Alzheimer’s?

Alison Abbott | 
[Neuroscientist Michael Heneka] and his team had eliminated a key inflammation gene from a strain of mouse that usually develops ...
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Landmark cancer tumor drug Keytruda hampered by glitches

Heidi Ledford | 
A landmark cancer drug approved last year seemed to herald a long-anticipated change in the treatment of some tumours: with ...
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Tracking the role of tau protein in Alzheimer’s

Sara Reardon | 
Jhon Kennedy’s relatives understood the illness they faced. For more than three decades, researchers there have been tracking a genetic ...

Calling for a ‘richer’ global conversation about CRISPR, gene editing

Sheila Jasanoff, Benjamin Hurlbut | 
Over the past three years, leading scientists have called for global deliberation on the possible effects of gene editing on ...
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Popular fluoroquinolones antibiotic can go haywire in rare cases, causing irreversible nerve damage

Jo Marchant | 
Miriam van Staveren went on holiday to the Canary Islands and caught an infection. Her ear and sinuses throbbed, so ...
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Viewpoint: Sweeping impact of gene editing demands better way to educate the public

Simon Burall | 
If the history of public engagement surrounding other recent scientific innovations is a guide, efforts to explain the science behind ...