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'Human gene-editing scandal': Should rogue scientist's work be published?

‘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 ...
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Will CRISPR gene editing disrupt or perpetuate global health and medical social inequalities?

Megan Molteni | 
On [June 3 and 4], hundreds of scientists, industry folk, and public health officials from all over the world filled ...
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Robots could one day pass as humans. Should we let them?

Matt Simon | 
[T]oday, ever-sophisticated robots are graduating from Disneyland-style animatronics into increasingly realistic, intelligent beings. Take the famous human replicas of Hiroshi Ishi­guro. Or the ...
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Ingestible digital pills use bioluminescent bacteria to sense stomach bleeding

Megan Molteni | 
Ingestible sensors—pill-sized electronics that ping your smartphone with data after you pop and swallow—have started to arrive on the market. They ...
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ChatterBaby app wants to use artificial intelligence to diagnose autism through irregular baby cries

Megan Molteni | 
[B]y the time [Ariana] Anderson’s third kid came along, the UCLA computational neuropsychologist realized she had become fluent in baby ...
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CRISPR may turn biology into the next Silicon Valley-like digital platform

Megan Molteni | 
Crispr, the powerful gene-editing tool, is revolutionizing the speed and scope with which scientists can modify the DNA of organisms, including ...
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What’s CRISPR? Here’s a primer on the powerful gene-editing tool

Megan Molteni | 
If you’re asking, “what’s Crispr?” the short answer is that it’s a revolutionary new class of molecular tools that scientists ...
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Can CRISPR be used safely in humans? ‘It’s still an open question’

Megan Molteni | 
Biotech has been betting big on Crispr, the gene-editing technique that promises to snip away some of humanity’s worst diseases. But last ...
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Rewriting life’s code: Researchers want to synthesize the entire human genome

David Duncan | 
[Researcher George] Church is one of the leaders of an initiative called the Genome Project-­Write, or GP-Write, which is organizing ...
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Infertility could be ended with emerging technologies, including CRISPR

Jason Pontin | 
Through an emerging technology called in vitro gametogenesis (or IVG), scientists are learning how to convert adult human cells—taken perhaps ...
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Cryogenics logistics: Delivering CAR-T treatments at minus 240 degrees to save lives

Megan Molteni | 
Last year, the FDA approved the first CAR T-cell treatments—a new class of promising therapies that train the body’s immune ...
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Trying to lose weight? Don’t expect help from a personal genetics test

Robbie Gonzalez | 
There are [genetic] tests tailored to tell you about your diet, your fitness, your complexion—even your wine preference. ... But researchers will tell ...
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CAR-T cell therapy could drive a ‘revolution’ in cancer treatments

Emma Bryce | 
[T]he United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) made the landmark decision to approve two ‘drugs’ that use CAR-T cell ...
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Video: How is lab-grown meat made—and can it overcome the ‘ick factor’?

Food scientists and startups are trying to make meat more ethically appealing by growing it — cell by cell — ...
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Gene drives and eliminating invasive pests without bloodshed

Emma Marris | 
[Researcher Karl Campbell is] using a fiercely potent poison for the complete obliteration of rats on a 70-square-mile Galapagos island ...
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Future Olympic athletes could be required to have their entire DNA sequenced to test for ‘gene doping’

Eric Niiler | 
For years, the World Anti-Doping Agency has considered requiring all Olympic athletes to submit copies of their genetic code. It ...