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How a genetically modified virus saved this teenager’s life

Megan Molteni | 
In October 2017, Graham Hatfull received an urgent email from across the pond. A microbiologist colleague ... was desperately looking ...
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Can genetics help explain why some people make more money than others?

Megan Molteni | 
The UK Biobank is the single largest public genetic repository in the world... . But when David Hill, a statistical ...
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How evolutionary pressure could be harnessed in cancer treatments

Roxanne Khamsi | 
Cancer cells develop resistance to the powerful chemicals deployed to destroy them. Even if cancer therapies kill most of the ...
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Is there such a thing as too much prenatal genetic information?

Megan Molteni | 
[P]renatal whole-genome sequencing is [not] commercially available yet (though it’s definitely coming). But what is available is something called noninvasive ...
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Why we should worry about a resurrection of the deadly smallpox virus

David Kushner | 
The scientist who entered [Room 3C16] saw 12 mysterious cardboard boxes on a crowded shelf in the far left corner ...
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Is society ready for the changes CRISPR can bring?

Jennifer Kahn | 
Crispr works in almost every animal that scientists have tried, from silkworms to monkeys, and in just about every cell ...
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When birth control fails: Genetic mutation can make the pill less effective

Megan Molteni | 
For nearly 60 years, hormonal contraceptives have freed women from their own biology. ... But no form of hormonal birth control—pill, patch, ...
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When targeting diseases, how worried should we be about CRISPR’s potential for gene-editing errors?

Megan Molteni | 
Of all the big, world-remaking bets on the genome-editing tool known as Crispr, perhaps none is more tantalizing than its ...
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CRISPR’s lengthy patent legal battle could finally end—in a tie

Nessa Carey | 
Like a couple of heavyweight boxers who just keep slugging it out, the University of California Berkeley (UCB) and the ...
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Polio almost eradicated. Here’s why we can’t simply ‘declare victory’

Sarah Scoles | 
So far this year, there have been six known cases of polio infection, in Afghanistan and Pakistan—two of the three countries left ...
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First clinical trials for controversial ‘3-parent’ fertility treatment begin

Megan Molteni | 
[A] 32-year-old Greek woman, who’d previously undergone two operations for endometriosis and four unsuccessful cycles of IVF, once again returned ...
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CRISPR explained: Everything you need to know

Matt Reynolds | 
Here’s everything you need to know about the complex and sometimes controversial technology driving the gene-editing revolution. CRISPR evolved as ...
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3D bioprinting custom-fit spinal cord implants

Eric Niiler | 
The latest step toward 3D-printed replacements of failed human parts comes from a team at UC San Diego. It has ...
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Why genealogy tests will ‘send a lot more people to jail’ in 2019

Megan Molteni | 
In April [2018], a citizen scientist named Barbara Rae-Venter used a little-known genealogy website called GEDMatch to help investigators find a man ...
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Should we treat aging as a disease rather than something that’s inevitable?

David Sinclair, Nir Barzilai | 
In June 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) released the 11th edition of its International Classification of Diseases. It contained an ...
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‘Human gene-editing scandal’: Should rogue scientist’s work be published?

Megan Molteni | 
How do you handle the data of a scientist who violates all the norms of his field? … On the one hand, you ...
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Genome surgeons target genetic disease at the source

Megan Molteni | 
[Delaney Van Riper] was born with a rare genetic disease called Charcot-Marie-Tooth, or CMT, which is slowly eroding her nerve cells’ ...
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Diagnosing rare infectious diseases with genetic sequencing

Megan Molteni | 
Early last spring, as flu season hit its peak, a woman checked into a Houston hospital with all the familiar ...
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DNA testing boom drives demand for genetic counselors

Megan Molteni | 
[W]ith precision medicine going mainstream and an explosion of apps piping genetic insights to your phone from just a few teaspoons of spit, ...
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Designed for distraction: Why our brains find it difficult to focus

Daphne Leprince-Ringuet | 
Laser focus leads to success, or so they say. Except it actually doesn’t. Researchers have found that rather than being ...
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What’s the line between life and brain death? Artificial intelligence offers hope of digital simulation

Philip Jaekl | 
Since the invention of bypass machines in the 1950s, which can artificially maintain circulation and respiration, death has come to ...
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Genetically modified astronauts? Why humans may need to be redesigned for deep-space missions

Jason Pontin | 
NASA is now preparing for a human mission to Mars, but if our descendants ever shrug off their terrestrial bonds, ...
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Paleocolor: What did dinosaurs look like? Shining a light on their true colors could illuminate behavior

Helen Gordon | 
Long thought an impossible dream, the emerging field of palaeocolour is revolutionising our view of the prehistoric world, turning it from black-and-white ...
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Viewpoint: Using robots to treat autistic children has potential pitfalls

Nicole Kobie | 
Previous research suggests robots are well received by children with autism spectrum disorders, and there's plenty of anecdotal stories of children ...
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‘More infectious than Ebola’: Dangerous superbug yeast troubles researchers

Maryn McKenna | 
[A] yeast, a new variety of an organism so common that it’s used as one of the basic tools of ...
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Viewpoint: CRISPR-edited tomatoes illustrate our newfound power to ‘transform our food’

Stephen Hall | 
LIKE ANY SELF-RESPECTING farmer, Zachary Lippman was grumbling about the weather. Stout, with close-cropped hair and beard, Lippman was standing ...
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From veganism to ‘post meat’ foods: The six varieties of meat substitutes

Joi Ito | 
Civilians often clump the alternative meat companies and labs together in some kind of big meatless meatball, but, just like ...
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Using CRISPR to build a ‘massive library’ of tools to cure genetic disease

Megan Molteni | 
In the past few years, [David] Liu’s become one of the most brightly-shining luminaries in the rapidly advancing field of gene ...