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Live to 150? That’s what some AI algorithms claim is possible. What does the science say?

Live to 150? That’s what some AI algorithms claim is possible. What does the science say?

We’re obsessed with aging. In the quest to prolong life while remaining healthy, people have tried everything from turtle soup ...
Incurable Huntington’s disease? microRNA offers hope in the wake of failed clinical trials

Incurable Huntington’s disease? microRNA offers hope in the wake of failed clinical trials

A recent DNA Science post considered the ebb and flow of treatment possibilities for Alzheimer’s disease. This week, it’s Huntington’s disease. Like ...
Good and bad news: What we know about vaccines and containing COVID variants

Good and bad news: What we know about vaccines and containing COVID variants

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Glimmers of hope are beginning to shine through the gloom of the past year. That was evident in a recent ...
The age of genetically-enhanced children is approaching. Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro imagines a have-and-have not future, and it’s not pleasant

The age of genetically-enhanced children is approaching. Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro imagines a have-and-have not future, and it’s not pleasant

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Biotech interventions to help sick children—like gene therapy—are approached with supreme caution. If a treatment has a reasonable chance of ...
Debating the possible origins of COVID-19: A lab-escaped bioweapon? Animal poop? Random mutations of an existing virus?

Debating the possible origins of COVID-19: A lab-escaped bioweapon? Animal poop? Random mutations of an existing virus?

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“Virus outbreak: research says COVID-19 likely synthetic,” shouted the headline in the Taipei Times on February 23, 2020. The idea ...
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How Freddie Mercury got his voice: It wasn’t his teeth

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Was Freddie Mercury's magnificent voice aided by a genetic defect? ...
Would you agree to be infected with COVID for science? Intentional 'challenge' studies underway as researchers explore new vaccines and treatments

Would you agree to be infected with COVID for science? Intentional ‘challenge’ studies underway as researchers explore new vaccines and treatments

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Lauren Thomas, who just turned 26, is trying to get into a clinical trial at the University of Oxford, where ...
Anxious about getting a COVID vaccine because you don't know what's in it? We know a lot more about it than the safety of hot dogs

Anxious about getting a COVID vaccine because you don’t know what’s in it? We know a lot more about it than the safety of hot dogs

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“So, you’ve been eatin’ hot dogs and chicken nuggets all your life and you don’t want the vaccine ‘cuz you ...
Evoking Jeff Goldblum’s ‘The Fly’: Does growing human ‘brains-in-a-dish’ and creating chimeras cross a bioethical line?

Evoking Jeff Goldblum’s ‘The Fly’: Does growing human ‘brains-in-a-dish’ and creating chimeras cross a bioethical line?

Bits of human brain growing in a lab dish can reveal a great deal about how a disease begins and ...
Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

Mosquito massacre: Can we safely tackle malaria with a CRISPR gene drive?

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CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing quickly decimated two caged populations of malaria-bearing mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae) in a recent study, introducing a new ...
When the faster-spreading and more virulent COVID-19 mutant came to my home town, it shook up everyone. Here's an explainer of what it foreshadows

When the faster-spreading and more virulent COVID-19 mutant came to my home town, it shook up everyone. Here’s an explainer of what it foreshadows

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When a new variant of the COVID-19 virus appeared in the UK as 2020 drew to a close, I didn’t ...
A dangerous stage in the evolution of the novel coronavirus is upon us with the discovery of "escape mutations". Artificial intelligence may be our best response

A dangerous stage in the evolution of the novel coronavirus is upon us with the discovery of “escape mutations”. Artificial intelligence may be our best response

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Real life with COVID-19 is now scarier than anything a sci-fi writer could envision. So-called “escape mutations” that can turn ...
What do 'non-identical identical twins' have to do with COVID-19? Mutations!

What do ‘non-identical identical twins’ have to do with COVID-19? Mutations!

Identical twins Stella and Desiree Vignes were born in 1938 in a Louisiana town so small that it wasn’t on ...
Marketers are beginning to use data mined from consumer DNA tests. Should we be worried?

Marketers are beginning to use data mined from consumer DNA tests. Should we be worried?

A woman lingers at a display of coffeemakers. Soon after, images of the very same contraptions festoon her Facebook feed, ...
Do you want to eat turkey or be the turkey: Reflect on this before you host a large gathering for Thanksgiving

Do you want to eat turkey or be the turkey: Reflect on this before you host a large gathering for Thanksgiving

My blog posts around Thanksgiving are predictably dull: Turkey Genetics 101, The Peaceable Genomes of Pumpkins. But 2020 is like no ...
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When it comes to COVID, nurture trumps nature – so far

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In the early weeks of the pandemic, as patients overwhelmed New York City hospitals, the clinical characteristics of the most ...
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Final weeks to approval: NIH’s Anthony Fauci and FDA’s Peter Marks on what’s ahead before we can expect a safe COVID vaccine

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As tens of thousands of people participate in phase 3 clinical trials on COVID-19 vaccine candidates, the focus is turning ...
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Infographic: 5 different ways COVID vaccines work

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COVID vaccine hesitancy is on the rise, perhaps in the wake of pressure to speed approval beyond scientific reason. But I think ...
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How anti-Semitism shaped the genes of Jewish people

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Evidence of past outrages is not only in the history books. It's also written in our genomes ...
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‘Challenge studies’: Should we be testing COVID vaccines by intentionally infecting volunteers?

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To those who’ve never thought about volunteering to be intentionally infected to test a vaccine, the idea may at first ...
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Gene therapy for hemophilia delayed until 2022 after FDA rejects one-time treatment, shocking doctors and scientists

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U.S. regulators rejected [Biomarin’s] potentially game-changing hemophilia A gene therapy over concerns it might not really be a one-and-done lifetime ...
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Vaccine ‘durability’: COVID-19 immunizations coming soon but will they last?

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As the days unfold with a seeming sameness in this odd summer of the pandemic, news of vaccine clinical trials ...
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Rare genetic disorder homocystinuria can cause strokes, seizures and death. A ‘genetic glitch’ in blind cavefish offers hope for a treatment

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The discovery of a gene behind the absence of eyes in Mexican cavefish may suggest a new way to treat ...
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The Three Stooges illustrate why coronavirus-fighting ‘antibody cocktails’ could help contain the virus well before a vaccine

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“You imbecile!” bellowed Moe Howard as he stuck a finger up the nose of Curly. Moe the bully would often ...
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‘Humanized mice’: Chimeras fuel quest to treat chronic diseases, cancer and even COVID-19

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Some medical conditions can't be ethically investigated in humans, so researchers are finding interesting ways to grow people parts in ...
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Defying conventional wisdom: How did these Italian sisters live past 100?

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Recently in my endless email about COVID-19 popped up a new paper analyzing the health of two Italian sisters who ...
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Coronavirus immunity passports could create a world of ‘us and them’. But here’s why they make sense

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Dividing groups of people into “us” and “them” isn’t usually a good idea, but in the scary new world of ...
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The tricky path for using stem cells to treat coronavirus-ravaged lungs

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The coronavirus pandemic has unleashed a wave of repurposing efforts, from old malaria drugs prescribed off-label to anti-virals stalled in ...
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