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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

Andrew Cherniack, Heidi Greulich | 
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 — ...

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 ...

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 ...

‘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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...