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Computer simulation suggests we aren’t even close to designing better babies

Shelly Fan | 
It’s difficult to talk about genetic selection without the umbrella of morality or ethics. Yet like all scientific advancements, it ...
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Virtual reality gets more realistic: Vibrating synthetic skin simulates touch

Edd Gent | 
While they’re still struggling to gain commercial traction, the latest VR headsets are able to transport people to impressive virtual ...
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Can you hack your sleep cycle for a better night’s rest?

Edd Gent | 
Sleep has become the latest frontier in the life-hackers’ battle for self-improvement. But how easy is to to rewire how you ...
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Artificial lungs grown in ‘hijacked’ mouse embryo could pave way for human transplants

Shelly Fan | 
Vaping aside, as dangerous air quality becomes increasingly prevalent in cities around the globe, the risk of serious lung disease ...
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Trio of gene therapies seeks to reverse age-related diseases to make us ‘healthy, youthful later in life’

Shelly Fan | 
The legendary synthetic biologist Dr. George Church and team at the Wyss Institute at Harvard University took a first step towards ...
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AI ethics can’t come from human medicine: Principles that guide doctors would ‘make no sense’ to a machine

Edd Gent | 
The four core principles of medical ethics are respect for autonomy (patients should have control over how they are treated), ...
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How synthetic biology will allow us to redesign humans ‘from the ground up’

Jason Dorrier | 
Just as physics and chemistry have given humans power over the world of the inanimate, biology is giving us the ...
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If we find alien life, how will we protect it from our own ‘microbial stowaways’?

Bharat Bharat, José Morey | 
When we venture beyond the moon, we’ll be bringing trillions of microbial stowaways with us. Which complicates things. If we ...
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‘Scientific fight of the century’: Two theories of consciousness are going head-to-head

Shelly Fan | 
Here’s something you don’t hear every day: two theories of consciousness are about to face off in the scientific fight ...
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4 innovations—including stronger gene-editing skills—that would allow us to rewrite genomes from the ground up

Edd Gent | 
The ability to read genomes has transformed our understanding of biology. Being able to write them would give us unprecedented ...
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Astonishing efficiency, unlimited storage: What makes the human brain so powerful?

Shelly Fan | 
[A] team from Washington University in St. Louis combined neural recordings from rats with computer modeling to uncover one of the ...
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Artificial intelligence can determine your ‘brain age’ by analyzing MRI scans

Shelly Fan | 
Delaying “brain age” may sound like the latest quick-fix gimmick on a late-night infomercial, but the science underlying the concept ...
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Are undiscovered antibiotics ‘silently waiting’ in our own bodies? Researchers scour microbiome for helpful genes

Shelly Fan | 
[A] study led by Dr. Mohamed Donia from Princeton University pushed the dark microbiome world into the light by targeting the ...
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AI has a problem with generalization. Human brains may offer a solution.

Shelly Fan | 
Unconstrained by evolution, AI has the potential to churn through vast amounts of data to surpass our puny, fatty central ...
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Viewpoint: There’s reason for optimism about AI’s ability to diagnose illnesses—but there’s also a lot of hype

Edd Gent | 
Medicine is one of the hottest fields when it comes to applying AI to real-world problems, in particular using deep learning systems to ...
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Merging man and machine: Tiny DNA nanomachines control biology, fight cancer

Shelly Fan | 
Chemistry isn’t king when it comes to governing our bodies; physical forces are similarly powerful. The problem is how to ...
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Robots gain ‘sense of tactile touch’ through light-based nervous system

Shelly Fan | 
This month, a team led by Dr. Rob Shepard at Cornell University [gave robots an artificial nervous system], with a seriously ...
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Viewpoint: Before we ‘summon the demon’ of AI, we need a global consensus on ethics

Shelly Fan | 
The potential threats of AI are many, and most people agree that ethical AI that benefits humanity as a whole ...
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Uncovering cancer’s history: CRISPR turns cells into ‘molecular recorders’ to track cell changes

Shelly Fan | 
Cancer’s impenetrable secrets partly rely on its mysterious molecular history. As cells turn to the dark side, a whirlwind of ...
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AI has the power to advance healthcare. Here’s why it hasn’t yet ‘moved the needle’

Shelly Fan | 
The promise of AI to solve our health and wellness woes almost seems inevitable. From DeepMind’s algorithms that match or ...
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‘Sputnik 2.0’: China wants to lead the world in CRISPR research

Marc Prosser | 
China is seeing an explosion in CRISPR-based animal studies and embracing the gene-editing technology with unrivaled zest and zeal—so much ...
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Powerful CAR-T duo uses artificial ‘claws’ to grab and destroy HIV

Shelly Fan | 
Lengtigen, a biotech company based in Gaithersburg, MD, teamed up with researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in ...
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Are you ‘icked out’ by human-monkey chimeras? Here’s why scientists have taken this controversial step

Shelly Fan | 
[July 31], news broke that a prominent stem cell researcher is making human-monkey chimeras in a secretive lab in China ...
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3 ways neuroscience and AI can work together to help us understand how we think

Shelly Fan | 
The meteoric success of deep learning showcases how insights from neuroscience—memory, learning, decision-making, vision—can be distilled into algorithms that bestow ...
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New era in prosthetic limbs promises to restore sense of touch by melding ‘biology with machine’

Shelly Fan | 
Building smart mind-controlled robotic limbs isn’t enough; the next frontier is restoring sensation in offline body parts. To truly meld ...
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‘From quackery to established science’: Here’s what’s going on with promising anti-aging research

Shelly Fan | 
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment anti-aging research morphed from quackery to an established science. Some say it’s 1939, ...
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3 advantage of editing RNA with CRISPR, including this: It’s easier to erase mistakes

Shelly Fan | 
Rather than targeting DNA, a team at MIT repurposed CRISPR to edit single letters in RNA, the messengers that carry ...
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Putting CAR-T cancer therapy ‘on a leash’ could halt deadly runaway immune reactions

Shelly Fan | 
Unlike traditional chemicals, CAR-T cells are living drugs that further proliferate inside the body. While great for replenishing their cancer-killing ...
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