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We can cure Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, glioblastoma in mice. Why not humans?

Lab mice endure a lot for science, but there’s often one (temporary) compensation: near-miraculous recovery from diseases that kill people ...
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Rushing to revamp international gene-editing rules before ‘crazy people’ start opening embryo-editing clinics

The second-most shocking thing He Jiankui told the international genome editing summit in Hong Kong last November — right after ...
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Seeking origins of schizophrenia, autism by putting ‘stress’ on mini-placenta, mini-brains

Biologist Jennifer Erwin of the Lieber Institute for Brain Development, however, has no intention of babying her organoids: the world’s ...
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‘Cancer vaccine’ boosts survival rates when combined with immunotherapy drugs in small study

The largest study to date of a “cancer vaccine” plus one of the immunotherapy drugs that has revolutionized cancer treatment ...
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US patent office reopens Broad Institute—University of California CRISPR patent dispute

The U.S. patent office has declared an interference between a dozen key patents awarded to the Broad Institute on the ...
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‘Jumping genes’ may help CRISPR make precision edits of disease-causing DNA

[In a 2017 study] four biologists wrote that “it has not escaped our notice” that a funny little “jumping gene” ...
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Computer-based ‘brain-training’ program could aid veterans who suffer traumatic injuries

It has been 27 years since an attack on a U.S. military convoy in the Middle East left Army reservist ...
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Building a better hearing aid: This one filters out unwanted sounds by reading your mind

The brain is unsurpassed in its ability to pick out juicy tidbits and attention-grabbing voices against a cacophony of background ...
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Families plagued by inherited diseases push back against ban on gene-edited embryos

In 2012, scientists showed that CRISPR, an ancient bacterial immune system, can edit DNA. ... Barely three years after, leaders in ...
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Electrical brain zaps show promise at improving memory in older adults

Shooting electrical current into the brain for just 25 minutes reversed the decline in working memory that comes with aging, ...
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Viewpoint: Precision medicine plagued by an ’embarrassing’ human reference genome

The human reference genome, largely completed in 2001, has achieved near-mythic status. It is “the book of life,” the “operating ...
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US approves immunotherapy for breast cancer for first time

Roche’s cancer immunotherapy Tecentriq (atezolizumab), a PD-L1 inhibitor, scored its fifth Food and Drug Administration approval on [March 8], for advanced triple-negative ...
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‘Genetic crapshoot’: Two studies suggest clinical use of CRISPR hampered by off-target editing

The version of CRISPR whose selling point has been its precision suffers, ironically, from the same shortcoming that has dogged ...
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Can vaccines be supercharged by CRISPR, creating ‘one-and-done’ virus protection?

Vaccines are risky or ineffective in people with compromised immune systems, they don’t even exist for several viral diseases, and ...
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Controversial brain preservation company Nectome seeks second, more ethical, chance

Robert McIntyre would like to get a few things straight. That “waiting list” of people plunking down $10,000 to have ...

‘CRISPR babies’ prompt review of international gene-editing guidelines: They ‘were not clear enough’

Less than two years after producing an exhaustive report on human genome editing, the U.S. National Academy of Medicine and the National ...

Controversial Chinese gene-editing scientist downplays reports suggesting he could face death penalty

The Chinese scientist who shocked the world in November by announcing that twin girls had been born from embryos that he had created ...

Converting thought to speech: Brain implants could help paralyzed patients communicate

[Neurosurgeon Ashesh Mehta] was operating on [an] epilepsy patient to determine the source of seizures. But the patient agreed to ...

Ethics and the controversial decision to make gene-edited babies

For someone who has caused a worldwide uproar over what many fellow scientists consider an ethical outrage, He Jiankui of ...

Start up Nebula Genomics offers free full genome sequencing, but there’s a privacy catch

Information wants to be free, says the old internet meme, and a genomics company will now apply that to DNA: ...
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Treating genetic disorders before birth? CRISPR cures mouse disease in the womb

Nearly 40 years after surgeons first operated on fetuses to cure devastating abnormalities, researchers have taken the first step toward curing genetic ...

Were ‘crucial contributors’ snubbed in awarding Nobel prize for cancer immunotherapy?

[I]t’s rare that Nobel announcements don’t produce grumblings about who was left out, and this year was no exception. At ...
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This natural defense strategy could help some genes fend off CRISPR edits

Sowbugs, armadillos, hedgehogs… and DNA? The same strategy that some animals use to avoid being attacked — roll into a ...

‘Blitzkrieg of biology’ reveals secrets of BRCA1 breast cancer mutation

For 22 years Myriad Genetics, one of the oldest genetic testing companies, has refused to make public its proprietary database of BRCA1 ...

Microdosing claims put to the test: Researchers looking at psilocybin mushrooms for depression

Microdosing involves taking roughly one-tenth the “trip” dose of a psychedelic drug, an amount too little to trigger hallucinations but ...
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Viewpoint: Drug developers are abandoning current Alzheimer’s patients. Why is no one complaining?

Although the latest analysis of experimental Alzheimer’s drugs finds that literally zero are being tested in late-stage clinical trials to treat moderate ...
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Examining the legacy of W. French Anderson—’father of gene therapy’ and convicted child molester

[Dr. W. French] Anderson has been hailed as the father of gene therapy and was honored at George H.W. Bush’s ...
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‘Wake-up call’? CRISPR gene editing may cause ‘genetic havoc’, study suggests

From the earliest days of the CRISPR-Cas9 era, scientists have known that the first step in how it edits genomes — snipping ...