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Future Olympic athletes could be required to have their entire DNA sequenced to test for ‘gene doping’

For years, the World Anti-Doping Agency has considered requiring all Olympic athletes to submit copies of their genetic code. It ...
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Finding a CRISPR delivery route in humans is the hard part

Crispr, the promising new gene editing technology, promises to eradicate the world of human suffering—but for all the hype and hope, it hasn’t ...
Using DNA to store data? US defense agency DARPA is trying

Using DNA to store data? US defense agency DARPA is trying

[T]he Department of Defense agency tasked with funding science’s most far-out hopes has begun investing millions in discovering radical, non-binary ...
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Looming storage crisis: Where will we keep all of our DNA data?

Major advances in DNA-sequencing technology and its commercial development have driven down the time and cost of sequencing a human ...
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‘Organic GMOs’: Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak on how genetic engineering can reduce pesticide use and protect the environment

[Genetic engineering] is a powerful tool that can help us farm responsibly and sustainably by minimizing damage to the environment and ...
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Yeast-grown synthetic spider silk could be the next luxury fabric

The elusive science behind crafting synthetic spider's silk is no longer elusive. In fact, it’s scalable enough that customers can ...
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Video: Explaining CRISPR gene editing with a toy train

When people refer to Crispr, they're probably talking about Crispr-Cas9, a complex of enzymes and genetic guides that together finds ...
Fighting aging: Mutation found in Amish population adds 10 years to lifespan

Fighting aging: Mutation found in Amish population adds 10 years to lifespan

New research now shows that some humans possess a genetic equivalent to [an anti-aging] drug. A small number of Amish people in ...
Android intimacy: Drawing the line between science and human

Android intimacy: Drawing the line between science and human

Today, the technical ability to produce a robot that truly looks and moves and speaks like a human remains well ...
John Deere acquires precision ag technology that could reduce pesticide use by 90 percent

John Deere acquires precision ag technology that could reduce pesticide use by 90 percent

Tractor giant John Deere just spent $305 million to acquire a startup that makes robots capable of identifying unwanted plants, ...
GMO nitrogen-fixing microbes could one day help plants fertilize themselves

GMO nitrogen-fixing microbes could one day help plants fertilize themselves

Peanuts, peas, and many types of beans are climate-friendly because they basically make their own fertilizer. They play host to ...
23andMe chasing Parkinson’s clues through genomic data mining

23andMe chasing Parkinson’s clues through genomic data mining

In 2015, 23andMe began inking lucrative research agreements with pharma giants like Genentech and Pfizer, in addition to launching its own R&D ...
Male scientists can help fix STEM gender biases--why don't they?

Male scientists can help fix STEM gender biases–why don’t they?

A vast literature of sociology research shows time after time, women in science are deemed to be inferior to men ...
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We each have 3 billion base pairs in our genome. Artificial intelligence can help us sort it out.

Genes carry the information that make you you. So it's fitting that, when sequenced and stored in a computer, your ...
Gene-swapping cheese microbes could provide clues to antibiotic resistance in humans

Gene-swapping cheese microbes could provide clues to antibiotic resistance in humans

You and your favorite cheese—whether it's cheddar, Wensleydale, or a good aged goat brie—have something in common: You’re both home to a ...
'Mosquito factory' churns out sterile males produced without genetic modification to fight Zika

‘Mosquito factory’ churns out sterile males produced without genetic modification to fight Zika

100,000 live mosquitoes, all male, all incapable of producing offspring [are released daily in Fresno, California]. … Though counterintuitive, the ...
Carnivores beware: Meat allergies skyrocketing thanks to lone star tick

Carnivores beware: Meat allergies skyrocketing thanks to lone star tick

In the last decade and a half, thousands of previously protein-loving Americans have developed a dangerous allergy to meat. And ...
CRISPR needs 'global consensus' in fight to ameliorate diseases

CRISPR needs ‘global consensus’ in fight to ameliorate diseases

[A]t WIRED’s 2017 Business Conference in New York, Jennifer Doudna said it was...Crispr custom-designed human offspring that made her take ...
How genetics helps make cows more profitable and environmentally friendly

How genetics helps make cows more profitable and environmentally friendly

[J. P.] Brouwer, along with his father and two brothers at Sunalta Farms in central Alberta, runs the first commercial dairy ...
Sensationalism or news? Was journal right to publish CRISPR 'off-target mutations' study?

Sensationalism or news? Was journal right to publish CRISPR ‘off-target mutations’ study?

[When] doctors from Columbia, Stanford, and the University of Iowa published a one-page letter to the editor of Nature Methods describing...2,000 unintended ...
CRISPR creator Jennifer Doudna warns gene editing may be going too fast

CRISPR creator Jennifer Doudna warns gene editing may be going too fast

Easy genetic modification could mean cures for cancer (yay!), kitty-sized pigs (squee!), and, yes, designer babies (ack). In her new ...
Does US need a 'biology strategy' to ensure gene editing research proceeds ethically?

Does US need a ‘biology strategy’ to ensure gene editing research proceeds ethically?

With the arrival of the gene-editing technology Crispr, biology will soon converge with everyday medicine, big agriculture, and artificial intelligence ...
GMO disease fighters: Zika-destroying GM mosquitoes may soon be joined by GM moths to quash cabbage and kale pest

GMO disease fighters: Zika-destroying GM mosquitoes may soon be joined by GM moths to quash cabbage and kale pest

A half-inch-long moth that devours kale, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts may not inspire the same fear as a Zika-carrying mosquito, but ...
Backward regulations may prevent Europe from ever benefiting from easy-to-develop disease-resistant tomatoes

Backward regulations may prevent Europe from ever benefiting from easy-to-develop disease-resistant tomatoes

Engineering a tomato resistant to a pernicious fungal disease doesn’t seem like it’d be the easiest part of a plant pathologist’s ...
'Functionally' extinct northern white rhino could be saved through genetic engineering

‘Functionally’ extinct northern white rhino could be saved through genetic engineering

The last male northern white rhino has seen better days. At the advanced age of 43, arthritic in leg and ...
Dementia, Alzheimer's linked to soda -- and why you shouldn't worry about it

Dementia, Alzheimer’s linked to soda — and why you shouldn’t worry about it

If you didn’t know better, you’d think Alzheimer’s disease is the plot of a bad horror movie: A creeping silent killer steals ...
Tree vaccine: 'Weaponized' GM virus could save Florida citrus industry from greening disease

Tree vaccine: ‘Weaponized’ GM virus could save Florida citrus industry from greening disease

Florida’s citrus growers are running out of time. Since 2005, when a deadly disease called citrus greening first showed up ...
Autonomous robot cornfield scanner reveals how individual crops respond to climate change

Autonomous robot cornfield scanner reveals how individual crops respond to climate change

Allow me to introduce you to Vinobot, the little rover on a mission to make sure crops weather global warming ...