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4,000 US babies are born with mitochondrial diseases. That could be fixed by a new form of gene editing

Emily Mullin | OneZero | 
With the first experiments to use CRISPR in people underway, the gene-editing technique is showing promising signs in a few ...
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Human organ factories? Defense Department seeds Segway inventor Dean Kamen’s ambitious project, but success seems years away

Liz Brody | OneZero | 
[N]one of [Dean Kamen’s] many inventions — including the Segway — has an impact that comes close to what could ...

After CRISPR human embryo experiment goes awry, some call for gene editing restrictions

Emily Mullin | OneZero | 
Biologist Kathy Niakan and her team at the Francis Crick Institute wanted to better understand the role of a particular ...
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Gene editing cures hereditary deafness in mice. Are humans next?

Emily Mullin | OneZero | 
Two to three out of every 1,000 children born in the United States have a diminished level of hearing or ...

Gene therapy could restore color vision for people who see the world in shades of gray

Emily Mullin | OneZero | 
In a small trial in Germany, an experimental gene therapy improved the vision of nine people with total color blindness, ...

Could CRISPR turn nutritious but unpopular vegetables into flavorful snacks?

Emily Mullin | OneZero | 
You probably know that kale is packed with antioxidants and other nutrients and that you should be eating more of ...
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A CRISPR fix for diabetes? Success using stem cells in mice offers promise for humans

Emily Mullin | OneZero | 
[Researchers] recently used the gene-editing technology CRISPR to correct stem cells from diabetic patients and turn them into fully functioning ...
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Can CRISPR gene editing give us an allergy-free cat?

Emily Mullin | OneZero | 
If you’re among the 10% of people who are allergic to cats, you can blame a protein found in cat ...
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Seeking mainstream acceptance for psychedelic drugs: Will entrepreneurs ruin it for everyone else?

Tessa Love | OneZero | 
After spending decades as highly illegal and restricted substances, psilocybin (magic mushrooms), LSD, MDMA, DMT, and other psychedelic drugs are ...

Our wastewater could provide ‘early warning’ system for coronavirus outbreaks

Troy Farah | OneZero | 
We won’t have to shelter from the new coronavirus forever. ... But several predictors of Covid-19 outbreaks suggest the virus ...
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Whole genome sequencing could be the next big thing for consumers

Emily Mullin | OneZero | 
Genome sequencing was once impossibly expensive. The Human Genome Project, an international effort to decode the human genome that launched ...
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Finding where ‘consciousness resides in the human brain’ could help us awaken comatose patients

Emily Mullin | OneZero | 
Some people may gradually come out of a coma or wake up after a few weeks.... To help these people, ...
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‘Politics and war’: Why life on other planets would look a lot like our own

Steve LeVine | OneZero | 
If other beings do populate the universe, what are they doing out there? Are the possible inhabitants of Teegarden b, ...
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Lack of minority donors in bone marrow registries ‘one part of a larger, systemic, problem’

Sarah Emerson | OneZero | 
People of two or more races are uniquely disadvantaged when it comes to bone marrow matching. Blood diseases such as ...

Collecting DNA samples from migrant detainees opens door to enhanced government surveillance

Emily Mullin | OneZero | 
[T]he United States government will begin collecting DNA samples from thousands of people detained by immigration officials, including minors, and ...
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Finding a new home: Humanity’s survival could depend on a 1,000-year space journey to Proxima b

Corin Faife | OneZero | 
Located in the triple-star Alpha Centauri solar system, Proxima b has a mass 1.3 times that of Earth and a ...
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$1 million for anti-aging gene therapy? ‘Dubious’ treatment raises ethical concerns

Emily Mullin | OneZero | 
Would you pay $1 million and fly to South America for a chance to live longer? Libella Gene Therapeutics, a ...
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Dark side of brain upgrades: They could give corrupt leaders ‘the ultimate way to ensure good citizenship’

Evan Selinger, Susan Schneider | OneZero | 
It’s 2045. You stroll into the Center for Mind Design. There you can purchase a brain chip to augment your ...
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It’s been a year since the CRISPR baby controversy. Why are we still without global gene-editing rules?

Emily Mullin | OneZero | 
Around this time last November, Chinese scientist He Jiankui stunned the world when he revealed the birth of the first ...
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Xeno-Skin: Genetically engineered pigs may be source of transplantable skin for humans

Emily Mullin | OneZero | 
In a pathogen-free facility in Grafton, Massachusetts, a small town about 40 miles west of Boston, genetically engineered miniature pigs ...

Identifying potential Ebola ‘hot spots’ with new tools could prevent future outbreaks

Drew Costley | OneZero | 
More than 2,000 people have died in the Democratic Republic of Congo since an Ebola outbreak was declared last August, ...
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Create a fetus without an egg or sperm? Researchers have done it with mice

Yasmin Tayag | OneZero | 
Reproduction used to be a simple thing: two parents, one egg, one sperm, one embryo, one baby. But on [October ...
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Orange skin? That’s just one of the ways our bodies might evolve if we settle on Mars

Michael Wall | OneZero | 
Over time, we should expect a fair bit of evolutionary divergence between Mars settlers and the human population on Earth, ...
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Controversial ‘3-parent baby’ technique not effective for women over 36, fertility doctors warn

Emily Mullin | OneZero | 
An experimental and much-hyped reproductive procedure that mixes DNA from three people is not effective at boosting the chances of ...

Turning DNA into a hard drive for data storage. How do you extract the data when you need it?

Emily Leproust, Emily Mullin | OneZero | 
With massive amounts of data being generated around the world every day, DNA is poised to provide an ultracompact storage ...
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Here’s a neural implant that doesn’t require open brain surgery

Emily Mullin | OneZero | 
Facebook and Neuralink’s plans to merge people with their devices will likely take several years to materialize. Wearables like what ...
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‘Synthetic biology doesn’t have to be scary’: It could offer us new medicines, biofuels and everything in between

Erin Wilson | OneZero | 
Though hacking organisms and rearranging genomes may sound scary, there is definitely a Light Side to this narrative (a balance, ...
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Infographic: Our skulls have been shrinking for 250 years—’our faces have begun to deform’

Katherine Lewis | OneZero | 
Science suggests that crooked teeth, overbites, narrow jaws, and crimped nasal airways are a modern phenomenon. Skeletal remains show that just 300 years ago, humans ...
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