How this tiny lemur offers unique insight into the evolution of human vision

How this tiny lemur offers unique insight into the evolution of human vision

Recent research comparing the visual processing system of the gray mouse lemur with that of much larger and more recently ...
AI is reengineering what it means to be ‘human’

AI is reengineering what it means to be ‘human’

We have come together to fight Covid-19 and AI was a key enabler to bring to market vaccines, in unprecedented ...
Mosquitoes are one of humanity’s most dangerous enemies. Here’s how synthetic biology might lead to a long-lasting repellant

Mosquitoes are one of humanity’s most dangerous enemies. Here’s how synthetic biology might lead to a long-lasting repellant

Vector-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, and Zika, are pathogens that can be transmitted through the bite of an insect ...
How RNA-based vaccines will revolutionize medicine and disease treatments

How RNA-based vaccines will revolutionize medicine and disease treatments

The two vaccine candidates produced by Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna are unlike any other vaccine that’s come before. Should they achieve ...
37%-to-60% of Americans say they are not sure they will get a vaccine. If that resistance holds, we won’t reach ‘herd immunity’ and COVID will not go away

37%-to-60% of Americans say they are not sure they will get a vaccine. If that resistance holds, we won’t reach ‘herd immunity’ and COVID will not go away

The World Health Organization estimates that 65 to 70 percent of a given population must be vaccinated to halt the spread of ...
Viewpoint: ‘Organic crops are healthier than GMOs,’ and 6 other anti-science myths we should forget

Viewpoint: ‘Organic crops are healthier than GMOs,’ and 6 other anti-science myths we should forget

As much as we hate to acknowledge it, many of the once-viable ideas that are swimming around in the memory ...
No country has yet approved human embryo gene editing

No country has yet approved human embryo gene editing

[F]our researchers reviewed policy documents from 106 countries to map out the policy landscape regarding human germline and heritable genome ...
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How synthetic biology can eliminate pollutants in wastewater and soil

Allonnia launched with $40 million in funding to engineer and commercialize microbes to eliminate pollutants in wastewater and soil. "The waste ...
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Viewpoint: Farming one of the ‘most inefficient industries.’ The CRISPR revolution could change that

Agriculture is one of the most inefficient industries on the planet. Current industrial farming methods demand unsustainable amounts of water, ...
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The woman who challenged 19th century conventional wisdom: Are females ‘biologically barred from success’?

One of the first women to scientifically debunk men's alleged superiority, [trailblazing psychologist Leta Stetter] Hollingworth’s research lent credibility to ...
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DNA testing in the workplace

To help prevent genetic discrimination, Congress passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA). Let’s take a look at this law ...
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‘I was wrong’: Why we shouldn’t start giving COVID-19 vaccinations now

I wrote a blog post [on August 2] that has generated tremendous pushback, including an op-ed in the New York Times as well as ...
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Opening the floodgates to synthetic biology innovations in drugs, textiles, agricultural products and advanced materials

Today’s DNA makers still create their products using chemistry. To form a new double helix, the individual letters of DNA ...
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Injecting live bacteria into tumors? Synthetic biology revives a controversial century old cancer cure

Could the body, in fighting against a pathogen, also be battling a tumor? After injecting bacteria into a patient who ...
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‘A lot of secrets’ in coronavirus genomes: Why are some strains so deadly, while others remain more mild?

[In 1965, a] group of researchers in England, led by Dr. David Tyrrell, was learning more about the common cold ...
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Hydroxychloroquine proves ineffective against coronavirus in small Chinese trial

Results from a controlled clinical trial from China on the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for Covid-19 have shown ...
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We have 4 ways to search for alien life. Where should we focus our resources?

There are, right now, four ways to search for alien life, ranging from the most passive to the most active ...
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10 common misconceptions about China’s coronavirus

“There is so much misinformation out there,” said Edward C. Halperin, M.D., M.A., the Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer at NYMC, ...
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Sustainable synthetic biology is taking over cosmetics, personal care

Synthetic biology companies are already producing many of the ingredients found in personal care products using biosynthesis, the same basic ...
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Meet the new generation of young biotech entrepreneurs

Crispr had no obvious relevance to human health when it was first described in 1987, but [Jennifer] Doudna, who won ...
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Can biohacking transform our homes into ‘hospitals of the future’?

The need of having a higher quality of care and more control and transparency over individual healthcare are affecting the ...
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How culture shapes the evolution of our genes

The well worked out examples of the impact of human culture in re-shaping our own evolution are riveting, I think ...
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Virtual reality helps autistic children tackle phobias

One tool that is being embraced by therapists, counselors, teachers, parents and their children to help those with autism to better ...
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Viewpoint: DNA data ‘rat race’ bringing down costs of precision medicine but perils of security risks escalate

It is said that this is the best of times for direct to consumer (DTC) genetic testing companies, human disease ...
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‘Terrible science’: Archaeological geneticists blast study that used DNA to identify Jack the Ripper

News media was buzzing [March 18] with a claim that scientists had finally figured out the real identity of the ...
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Viewpoint: Call for moratorium on heritable gene editing reminds us of gene therapy’s troubled early days

A group of influential scientists have urged that clinical use of CRISPR be put on hold in the wake of ...
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Defending 23andMe’s DNA health test: ‘You will learn something’ of value

The New York Times decided to publish an editorial ... warning people to "be careful about 23andMe's Health Test." What are they ...
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Here’s what DNA testing companies are doing with all that genetic data

In the past couple of years, genetic-testing companies like Ancestry and 23andMe have become popular for finding out family history ...
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