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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 — ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...