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How GMO, gene-edited crops can help feed billions of people without fueling climate change

Emma Marris | 
We face a formidable challenge in the years ahead. We need to reduce [carbon] emissions and also sustain a growing ...
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Infographic: Fighting the coronavirus pandemic with collaborative science and data sharing

Klint Finley | 
On February 27, a teenager in the Seattle area was diagnosed with Covid-19. Shortly after, researchers at the Seattle Flu Study shared genomic data ...
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CRISPR-based ‘PAC-MAN approach’ could be answer to COVID-19 and other viral menaces

Steven Levy | 
Tim Abbott, a PhD candidate at Stanford University’s bioengineering department, checked the results of an experiment that he was running ...
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Predicting the next coronavirus outbreak by mining genetic databases

Megan Molteni | 
Search “coronavirus” on GenBank, a public repository for genomes, and today you’ll find more than 35,000 sequences. Alpaca coronaviruses. Hedgehog coronaviruses ...
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Alzheimer’s research is stuck on a ‘single, unproven hypothesis’. It’s time to explore new theories

Mark Hammond, Tim Newton | 
Over the past decade we’ve seen failure after failure in clinical trials for neurodegenerative disease. Despite over 200 clinical trials, ...
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We’ve mapped a fly brain down ‘to the very last neuron’. That’s a big deal for human brain research

Gregory Barber | 
[A]s director of Janelia Research Campus, part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, [Gerry Rubin has] spent the last 12 ...
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Terminally ill cancer patients donating their bodies for research on how tumors spread

Rachael Pells | 
It sounds macabre, but it’s important research. [Andrew] Rowan is one of a team of experts working on a new ...
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3D-printed plastic bunny contains its own blueprint coded in synthetic DNA

Megan Molteni | 
The kumquat-sized bunny, cute as it may be, isn’t a toy or a good luck charm. But if you cut ...
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How well-intentioned research into ‘gay genes’ spawned controversial DNA screening app

Megan Molteni | 
A giant collection of carefully cataloged genomes, called the UK Biobank, was about to become available to researchers. … To [researcher ...
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Artificial Intelligence lab OpenAI wants to develop technology ‘to save the world’. Will it also assist the US military?

Tom Simonite | 
Microsoft’s recent victory in landing a $10 billion Pentagon cloud-computing contract called JEDI could make life more complicated for one of the ...
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Extraterrestrial babies? Scientists want to know how microgravity would affect human reproduction

Daniel Oberhaus | 
The plane’s rapid descent created a microgravity environment in the cockpit and for a few seconds, [pilot Daniel] González felt ...
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We need pollinators to grow food in space, but bees may not survive harsh extraterrestrial environment, study shows

Daniel Oberhaus | 
One of the world’s newest space analogs is inside a white ziggurat on top of a former nuclear bunker in ...
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Controversy over gene-edited cow’s ‘surprise DNA’ could slow efforts to promote animal welfare

Christie Klok | 
On the morning of August 7, Alison Van Eenennaam awoke to a tweet from a man she had never met ...
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Brain scans, like DNA, can say a lot about who you are. That creates ethical, privacy concerns.

Evan Morris | 
Many people are aware—and properly protective—of the vast stores of information contained in their DNA. When DNA samples were collected ...
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This ‘psychedelic’ treatment can cure opioid addition. It also might kill you

Clayton Dalton | 
With proper treatment, withdrawing from opioids won’t kill you, but it can make you want to die. … The desperation ...
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Viewpoint: Processed food does not necessarily mean it’s unhealthy—the science behind an essential but misunderstood technology

Matt Simon | 
You are you and I am me because of processed foods, because our ancestors learned how to cook meat and make bread and, perhaps ...
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Using synthetic biology to design new kinds of life—and novel drugs to treat diseases

Roger Highfield | 
All living things on Earth are built from proteins created from the same 20 chemical units, called amino acids. Now, ...
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Brazil plan to breed gene-edited dairy cattle on hold after bacterial DNA found in animal’s genome

Megan Molteni | 
Up until a few months ago, Brazil was all set to create the country’s first herd of genetically dehorned dairy ...
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‘Humanity’s exploitation’ of land hastens climate change, United Nations’ IPCC says

Matt Simon | 
[August 8] brings yet another devastating report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, this time outlining how humanity’s ...
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Calling for a halt to gene-edited babies, World Health Organization stops short of ‘all-out moratorium’

Megan Molteni | 
The world’s largest public health authority has weighed in with the most authoritative statement yet on the use of Crispr ...
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Is ‘Big Ag’ getting into the cannabis business?

Hannah Wallace | 
When Mowgli Holmes and his childhood friend Nishan Karassik founded Phylos Bioscience in 2014 they had one major goal: to ...
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How man’s best friend is helping us battle cancer

Michele Marill | 
[T]he Moonshot initiative is promoting new ways to study cancer, particularly in the promising area of immunotherapy. And it specifically ...
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Lone Star tick is notorious for making people allergic to red meat. It may also carry deadly Bourbon virus.

Megan Molteni | 
Scientists know almost nothing about how Bourbon virus behaves or how it got here or where it will show up ...
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UB-311: Could this vaccine protect against Alzheimer’s?

Stephen Armstrong | 
Most vaccines prepare our body’s immune system to fight off so-called exogenous disease, such as measles or flu, caused by ...
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How the rush to decriminalize magic mushrooms could hurt psychedelic drug research

Matt Simon | 
Welcome to a murky new front in the war to bring psychedelics out of the shadows and into both legal ...
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Congress considers allowing gene patents to keep pace with Chinese innovations

Megan Molteni | 
In 2013, the Supreme Court unanimously struck down patents on two human genes—BRCA1 and BRCA2—associated with breast and ovarian cancers ...
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Boutique startups give fertility treatments a ‘luxury’ makeover

Megan Molteni | 
[There’s a] growing world of boutique egg-freezing operations Instagrammable enough for their majority-millennial clientele. Take Trellis, a “women’s fertility studio,” ...
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Building a better nose: Can a robot sniff as well as a dog?

Sara Harrison | 
Olfaction remains a stubborn biological enigma. Scientists are still piecing together the basics of how we sense all those volatile ...