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Should patients—not the FDA— have final say on risky gene therapy treatments?

Dave Roos | 
Working with mice, researchers have used gene therapy to restore sight to the blind, reprogram the body’s own T cells ...
Vitamin-enhanced GMO potatoes could combat malnutrition—if they ever hit the market

Vitamin-enhanced GMO potatoes could combat malnutrition—if they ever hit the market

Lucy Jordan | 
Sufferers of malnutrition in the global south could soon find help from an unlikely source: a humble potato, genetically tweaked ...
Creating a brain cell ‘periodic table’ from live tissue

Creating a brain cell ‘periodic table’ from live tissue

Dave Ross | 
There are 86 billion neurons in the human brain and no two of them are exactly alike. If doctors and ...
Our Neanderthal ancestors affect how we look and act today

Our Neanderthal ancestors affect how we look and act today

Jen Viegas | 
Neanderthals are the closest evolutionary relatives identified to date of all people living today. They are so close to us ...
Oldest known North American human remains--13,000 years old--found in underwater cave

Oldest known North American human remains–13,000 years old–found in underwater cave

Jen Viegas | 
An ice-free corridor between the Americas and Asia opened up about 12,500 years ago, allowing humans to cross over the ...
Could astronaut urine be the key to safer space travel?

Could astronaut urine be the key to safer space travel?

Tracy Staedter | 
Yeast strains of Yarrowia lipolytica that naturally like to feed on urine have been bioengineered to produce omega-3 fatty acids, which are ...
Cracking da Vinci's DNA code: 2 discovered bones open possibilities

Cracking da Vinci’s DNA code: 2 discovered bones open possibilities

Rossella Lorenzi | 
Italian researchers say that they have found two “relics” belonging to Leonardo da Vinci, which may help in sourcing the ...
Dutch, Croatians and other populations with tall men genetically linked to prehistoric mammoth hunters

Dutch, Croatians and other populations with tall men genetically linked to prehistoric mammoth hunters

Jan Viegas | 
Men from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Netherlands, Croatia, and Montenegro are, on average, the tallest in the world, according to ...
Leadership genes? Should companies be allowed to use DNA tests to screen applicants?

Leadership genes? Should companies be allowed to use DNA tests to screen applicants?

Tracy Staedter | 
[On Oct. 2016], Gartner analysts David Furlonger and Stephen Smith presented an idea at a symposium for information technology executives ...