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Friday 22nd June 2018

The citizen scientist who finds killers from her couch

How CeCe Moore is using her genetic knowledge to expose murderers.

This is how many people we’d have to send to Proxima Centauri to make sure someone actually arrives

Since it would take at least 6,300 years to reach the closest star to our sun, enough men and women to produce many genetically healthy generations would need to make the trip.

Tuesday 19th June 2018

US military wants to know what synthetic-biology weapons could look like

Re-created viruses, toxic bacteria top new ranking of risks.

Thursday 31st May 2018

Gene therapy is saving children’s lives—but screening to discover who needs it is lagging behind

States in the US have been slow to test newborns for genetic conditions.

Wednesday 30th May 2018

It’s fiction, but America just got wiped out by a man-made terror germ

At “germ games” held in Washington, DC, pandemic planners get a look at the threat posed by synthetic biology.

Monday 21st May 2018

Does the brain store information in discrete or analog form?

New evidence in favor of a discrete form of data storage could change the way we understand the brain and the devices we build to interface with it.

Friday 11th May 2018

I lost a bet, and now I am going to let millions of strangers check whether we’re related

How this reporter ended up deciding to join the crowd and get his DNA tested.

Wednesday 9th May 2018

A stealthy Harvard startup wants to reverse aging in dogs, and humans could be next

Biologist George Church says the idea is to live to 130 in the body of a 22-year-old.

Friday 4th May 2018

Before he died, this biohacker was planning a CRISPR trial in Mexico

Aaron Traywick and his company, Ascendance Biomedical, are connected to a website advertising a gene therapy trial for lung cancer.

Saturday 28th April 2018

The brave new world of genetic genealogy

The combination of DNA and genealogy is a potentially a huge force for good in the world, but it must be used responsibly.

Friday 27th April 2018

Investigators searched a million people’s DNA to find Golden State serial killer

Operator of genealogy website claims “no knowledge” of police exploit on vast data set.

Thursday 26th April 2018

These DNA testing companies are mainly trying to sell you other stuff

Beware of tests offering to make “personalized” lifestyle recommendations.

Wednesday 25th April 2018

In a medical first, drugs have reversed an inherited disorder in the womb

Doctors in Germany successfully treated twins in utero using a biotech drug, pointing to a new way to eliminate disease.

Researchers are keeping pig brains alive outside the body

If it were tried on a person, it might mean awakening in the ultimate sensory deprivation chamber.

Friday 20th April 2018

If we weren’t the first industrial civilization on Earth, would we ever know?

Fossils and objects are unlikely to survive more than a few million years. Searching for chemical traces of industrialization offers an intriguing alternative.

Wednesday 18th April 2018

Gene therapy could free some people from a lifetime of blood transfusions

Correcting a genetic mutation lets beta thalassemia patients make healthy blood cells.

Friday 13th April 2018

Pet cloning is bringing human cloning a little bit closer

People are copying pets to preserve a physical, and spiritual, connection to dead children.

Human cloning just got a little bit closer. Here’s why.

People are cloning pets to preserve a physical, and spiritual, connection to dead children.

Thursday 12th April 2018

When curing a disease with gene therapy is bad business

A drug giant turns over its pipeline of miracle drugs to a startup.

Wednesday 11th April 2018

This AI thinks like a dog

It won’t lick your face, but a new artificial-intelligence system mimics canine behavior to make dog-like decisions. Other animals could be next.

CRISPR trials are about to begin in people—but we still don’t know how well it works in monkeys

Monkey studies look encouraging but show there’s still a lot to learn about the gene-editing technology.

Friday 6th April 2018

This company can encode your favorite song in DNA—for $100,000

It’s not cheap. But Twist Bioscience thinks storing data in genes could be the next big thing.

Wednesday 4th April 2018

This stem-cell implant could halt an incredibly common cause of blindness

The dream of a stem-cell revolution hasn’t yet materialized—but a small study appears to have used the technology to ward off macular degeneration.

Tuesday 3rd April 2018

MIT severs ties to company promoting fatal brain uploading

A startup called Nectome collected $200,000 from people hoping to become digitally immortal through suicide.

Monday 2nd April 2018

DNA tests for IQ are coming, but it might not be smart to take one

Scientists have linked hundreds of genes to intelligence. One psychologist says its time to test school kids.

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