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What was CRISPR before humans ‘discovered’ it for use in gene editing?

Rosie Mestel | 
[T]here is a less sequins-and-glitter side to CRISPR that’s just as alluring to anyone thirsty to understand the natural world ...
Homo sapiens may only have appeared 300,000 years ago, and evolved modern features gradually

Homo sapiens may only have appeared 300,000 years ago, and evolved modern features gradually

Bruce Bower | 
Human origins are notoriously tough to pin down. Fossil and genetic studies in 2017 suggested a reason why: No clear ...
2017: The year gene therapy became a 'clinical reality'

2017: The year gene therapy became a ‘clinical reality’

Laurel Hamers | 
This year, gene therapy finally became a clinical reality. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved two personalized treatments that ...
Stressed out? It could alter your sperm

Stressed out? It could alter your sperm

Laura Sanders | 
Sperm from stressed-out dads can carry that stress from one generation to another. “But one question that really hasn’t been ...
What makes a female? How XX embryos destroy male reproductive tissue

What makes a female? How XX embryos destroy male reproductive tissue

Tina Saey | 
A protein called COUP-TFII is necessary to eliminate male reproductive tissue from female mouse embryos, researchers report in the Aug. 18 Science. For ...
How do you define 'species’? Turns out, it's not so easy

How do you define ‘species’? Turns out, it’s not so easy

Susan Milius | 
At first glance, “species” is a basic vocabulary word school children can ace on a test by reciting something close ...
Why hunter-gatherer civilizations did not destroy themselves through inbreeding

Why hunter-gatherer civilizations did not destroy themselves through inbreeding

Bruce Bower | 
Much like hunter-gatherers today, ancient Eurasians married outside their home groups and formed webs of friends and in-laws vital for ...
Air pollution, while abating in most places, poses ‘greatest threat to public health?’

Air pollution, while abating in most places, poses ‘greatest threat to public health?’

Laura Biel | 
Even with vast improvements in air quality since the ’70s, people haven’t stopped dying from the air they breathe. An ...
Brain 'flexibility' could help explain why people learn differently

Brain ‘flexibility’ could help explain why people learn differently

Laura Sanders | 
As a person learns, connections between brain regions can change. Some neural partners connect, then split apart […]; others form ...
CRISPR red flag? Gene drives may not always work as advertised

CRISPR red flag? Gene drives may not always work as advertised

Tina Hesman Saey | 
A genetic-engineering tool designed to spread through a population like wildfire — eradicating disease and even whole invasive species — ...
Origins of man's best friend: Dogs likely domesticated only once, likely in Asia

Origins of man’s best friend: Dogs likely domesticated only once, likely in Asia

Tina Hesman Saey | 
New data from ancient dogs indicates that dogs became distinct from wolves between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, researchers report ...
No longer 'dead': Our bones communicate through hormones with brain, other organs

No longer ‘dead’: Our bones communicate through hormones with brain, other organs

Cassie Martin | 
In addition to providing structural support, the skeleton is a versatile conversationalist. Bones make hormones that chat with other organs ...
Climate change may speed up pest's tolerance of insect-resistant GM Bt corn

Climate change may speed up pest’s tolerance of insect-resistant GM Bt corn

Susan Milius | 
Climate change might be great news for pests looking to munch on genetically modified crops, researchers propose. In particular, researchers ...
Building a face 'bit by bit': Human recognition by monkeys

Building a face ‘bit by bit’: Human recognition by monkeys

Laurel Hamers | 
A monkey’s brain builds a picture of a human face somewhat like a Mr. Potato Head — piecing it together ...
How humans and chimps diverged: DNA parasite 'jumping genes' played key role

How humans and chimps diverged: DNA parasite ‘jumping genes’ played key role

Tina Hesman Saey | 
Face-to-face, a human and a chimpanzee are easy to tell apart. The two species share a common primate ancestor, but ...
CRISPR's long 'natural history' in microbes predated its recent 'miracle' applications

CRISPR’s long ‘natural history’ in microbes predated its recent ‘miracle’ applications

Rosie Mestel | 
It is the dazzling star of the biotech world: a powerful new tool that can deftly and precisely alter the ...
DNA markers can help explain children's reading ability

DNA markers can help explain children’s reading ability

An international team of scientists from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Sweden has used a genetic scoring technique ...
Fighting Zika: DNA vaccines may offer new weapon against virus

Fighting Zika: DNA vaccines may offer new weapon against virus

Meghan Rosen | 
[In August 2016], scientists injected a [DNA] vaccine for Zika virus into a human being...Unlike some traditional methods, DNA vaccines ...
Rice plants could be genetically tweaked to tame arsenic found in soil, reducing risk for humans

Rice plants could be genetically tweaked to tame arsenic found in soil, reducing risk for humans

Laurel Hamers | 
Rooted in place, plants can’t run away from arsenic-tainted soil — but they’re far from helpless. Scientists have identified enzymes ...
CRISPR enters period of creative redesigns and gene editing upgrades

CRISPR enters period of creative redesigns and gene editing upgrades

Tina Saey | 
Scientists usually shy away from using the word miracle — unless they’re talking about...CRISPR/Cas9. ... Even with all the genetic ...
Gene drive's fatal flaw could become its biggest advantage

Gene drive’s fatal flaw could become its biggest advantage

Tina Saey | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Gene drives have worked ...

Scientists celebrate 100th anniversary of DNA double helix discovery

Tom Siegfried | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. When Francis Crick was ...

Gut bacteria may play vital role in Crohn’s disease

Meghan Rosen | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Good gut bacteria might ...
Scientific consensus: GMOs pose no health risks but full potential not yet realized

Scientific consensus: GMOs pose no health risks but full potential not yet realized

Rachel Ehrenberg | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. There’s. . . a ...

Can promises of gene drive technologies overcome safety concerns?

Tina Hesman Saey | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Gene drive enthusiasts say ...

New technologies track genome’s shapeshifting over time

Sarah Schwartz | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis.  Researchers have long realized ...

Should human germline gene editing even be considered for future use?

Tina Hesman Saey | 
Rumors about human germline editing experiments prompted scientists to gather in January in Napa, Calif. Discussions there led two groups ...

No, a single hormone cannot turn mice gay

Bethany Brookshire | 
In 2011, a group of scientists “turned mice gay.” The only issue is, of course, they didn’t. Rather, Yi Rao ...