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Figuring out what a memory looks like in the brain

[Janice] Chen and her colleagues found something odd when they scanned viewers’ brains: as different people retold their own versions ...
Gene drives: Nature editorial board calls out green groups for 'unfair attempt to create damaging and polarizing spin'

Gene drives: Nature editorial board calls out green groups for ‘unfair attempt to create damaging and polarizing spin’

[A]lthough it might not always be obvious, both critics and advocates of the technique — called a gene drive — tend to agree on ...
How tracing the evolutionary family tree of all female lab mice will help improve medical research

How tracing the evolutionary family tree of all female lab mice will help improve medical research

Adam and Eve, a pair of black mice, lived for less than two years and never left their home at ...
What's next in the long, heated battle over bees and neonicotinoid insecticides?

What’s next in the long, heated battle over bees and neonicotinoid insecticides?

[S]tudies showing real-world evidence of harm from pesticides in the field have been mounting — and environmental organizations have demanded ...
Could the Arctic Apple be the beginning of a new wave of consumer-oriented GMO foods?

Could the Arctic Apple be the beginning of a new wave of consumer-oriented GMO foods?

This month, bags of sliced apples will hit grocery-store shelves in the midwestern United States for the first time. Shoppers ...
Bacteria-armed mosquitos approved for US release in fight against Zika, dengue and yellow fever

Bacteria-armed mosquitos approved for US release in fight against Zika, dengue and yellow fever

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of a common bacterium to kill wild mosquitoes that transmit ...
Combatants prepping for next skirmish in battle over CRISPR patents

Combatants prepping for next skirmish in battle over CRISPR patents

The long-running battle over US patents for CRISPR–Cas9 gene editing continues. On 25 October, the Broad Institute of Cambridge, Massachusetts, filed ...
Video: Exploring the possibilities offered by CRISPR gene editing

Video: Exploring the possibilities offered by CRISPR gene editing

The CRISPR-Cas9 system has revolutionised gene-editing, but cutting DNA isn’t all it can do. From turning gene expression on and ...
'Young blood' infusions may boost cognitive abilities of Alzheimer's patients

‘Young blood’ infusions may boost cognitive abilities of Alzheimer’s patients

The first controlled, but controversial and small, clinical trial of giving young blood to people with dementia has reported that ...
Keeping aging at bay by killing ‘zombie cells’

Keeping aging at bay by killing ‘zombie cells’

[Jan] van Deursen and his colleagues at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, [had] an idea: could killing off these 'zombie' ...
CAR-T engineering of patients’ own T cells for cancer therapy gains traction

CAR-T engineering of patients’ own T cells for cancer therapy gains traction

The strategy of engineering patients' own T cells for cancer therapy got two major endorsements in late August, one financial ...
23andMe thrives despite long-running conflicts with FDA

23andMe thrives despite long-running conflicts with FDA

[23andMe CEO Anne] Wojcicki set out to disrupt the health-care industry in 2006. Her goal was to put sophisticated DNA ...
What do Germany's election results mean for GMOs, gene-edited crops?

What do Germany’s election results mean for GMOs, gene-edited crops?

As Germany reels from an unexpected surge for the far right in the 24 September elections, researchers don’t expect much ...
Tubular cell 'highways' could change what we know about cell interactions

Tubular cell ‘highways’ could change what we know about cell interactions

[Researcher Yukiko Yamashita’s] group had been studying how fruit flies maintain their sperm supply and had engineered certain cells involved ...
Parkinson's stem cell treatment shows promise in monkeys--human trials next

Parkinson’s stem cell treatment shows promise in monkeys–human trials next

Japanese researchers report promising results from an experimental therapy for Parkinson’s disease that involves implanting neurons made from ‘reprogrammed’ stem ...
NIH controversy: Should human mind and brain research be considered clinical trials

NIH controversy: Should human mind and brain research be considered clinical trials

Scientists studying human behaviour and cognitive brain function are up in arms over a plan by the US National Institutes ...
Doubts emerge about first 'successfully cured' CRISPR gene-edited human embryos

Doubts emerge about first ‘successfully cured’ CRISPR gene-edited human embryos

Doubts have surfaced about a landmark paper claiming that human embryos were cleared of a deadly mutation using genome editing ...
Use of embryo selection in China is soaring: Is that a good thing?

Use of embryo selection in China is soaring: Is that a good thing?

Early experiments are beginning to show how genome-editing technologies such as CRISPR might one day fix disease-causing mutations before embryos are implanted ...
Mapping the complex wiring of our brains

Mapping the complex wiring of our brains

Marta Zlatic owns what could be the most tedious film collection ever...the neuroscientist has stored more than 20,000 hours of ...
Ancient corn genome could unlock secrets of crop diversity and adaptation

Ancient corn genome could unlock secrets of crop diversity and adaptation

[Kelly Swarts, a quantitative geneticist, and her] team sequenced the genomes of fifteen 1,900-year-old maize cobs found in [a Utah ...
'Supercharged' T-cells could treat autoimmune disorders

‘Supercharged’ T-cells could treat autoimmune disorders

Researchers in both academia and industry are turning to immune-suppressing cells to clamp down on autoimmune disorders, and the effort is building ...
'True blue' chrysanthemum flowers created using genetic engineering

‘True blue’ chrysanthemum flowers created using genetic engineering

Roses are red, but science could someday turn them blue. That’s one of the possible future applications of a technique ...
Fountain of youth? Stem cells show promise in slowing aging, rejuvenating brain -- in mice

Fountain of youth? Stem cells show promise in slowing aging, rejuvenating brain — in mice

Stem cells in the brain could be the key to extending life and slowing ageing. These cells — which are ...
US national security advisors map plans to counter rogue gene drives

US national security advisors map plans to counter rogue gene drives

The JASONs, a group of elite scientists that advises the US government on national security, has weighed in on issues ranging from cyber security to renewing America’s nuclear arsenal ...
Groundbreaking research on Jewish ancestry: Near Eastern on Ashkenazi male line while females primarily European

Groundbreaking research on Jewish ancestry: Near Eastern on Ashkenazi male line while females primarily European

The origins of Ashkenazi Jews remain highly controversial. Like Judaism, mitochondrial DNA is passed along the maternal line. Its variation ...
DNA movies? Gene editor CRISPR used to store 'movie' in bacteria

DNA movies? Gene editor CRISPR used to store ‘movie’ in bacteria

Internet users have a variety of format options in which to store their movies, and biologists have now joined the ...
Defensive measures: Early vertebrates employed gene-regulating proteins to battle viruses

Defensive measures: Early vertebrates employed gene-regulating proteins to battle viruses

Viruses and their hosts have been at war for more than a billion years...Although the earliest antiviral systems have long ...
Can genetically modified viruses stop antibiotic-resistant infections?

Can genetically modified viruses stop antibiotic-resistant infections?

Genetically modified viruses that cause bacteria to kill themselves could be the next step in combating antibiotic-resistant infections. Several companies ...