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Wednesday 19th September 2018

Clearing out old cells might help the brain

A popular anti-aging strategy keeps mice from getting senile.

Thursday 13th September 2018

“Hundreds” of crimes will soon be solved using DNA databases, genealogist predicts

CeCe Moore’s company has been helping police departments solve cold cases by uploading crime-scene DNA to public genealogy databases.

Tuesday 11th September 2018

Biologists checked out this NBA player’s DNA for clues to his immense height

Gene scores can pick most people likely to be extremely tall, super smart, or out of the ordinary.

Wednesday 5th September 2018

Anti-aging medicine is so hot even this controversial idea has investors

A startup invests in a way to keep people younger, despite doubts about its science.

Friday 31st August 2018

Physicists hack the human visual system to create “ghost images”

A pioneering experiment will extend human vision to invisible wavelengths, say researchers.

Tuesday 28th August 2018

Researchers find a way to mimic clinical trials using genetics

A technique called Mendelian randomization could be the revolutionary tool drug companies have been waiting for.

Friday 24th August 2018

A CRISPR cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy is closer after a trial in dogs

Treating a fatal muscle disease could be the next major advance for gene editing.

Wednesday 22nd August 2018

The cartographer of cells

Aviv Regev helped pioneer single-cell genomics. Now she’s cochairing a massive effort to map the trillions of cells in the human body. Biology will never be the same.

Wednesday 8th August 2018

US scientist who edited human embryos with CRISPR responds to critics

Can we safely fix the DNA of human embryos in a lab dish?

Wednesday 1st August 2018

Data-mining medieval text reveals medically bioactive ingredients

Medieval apothecaries used recipes with significant antibacterial properties, researchers say.

Monday 23rd July 2018

Million-person genetic study finds gene patterns linked to how long people stay in school

Researchers explore genetic “scores” that may predict educational success.

One woman’s race to defuse the genetic time bomb in her genes

How DNA sequencing and new genetic drugs raise the chance we can cure any inherited disease.

Nerves repaired using bioscaffold fitted with “radio” antenna

Electrical signals generated outside the body by transcranial stimulation have helped repair severed sciatic nerves in rates, says researchers

Thursday 19th July 2018

Don’t hold your breath for allergy-free cats

Gene-editing technology is eyed as the next step in the quest to create cats that don’t make you sneeze.

Tuesday 10th July 2018

A better way to measure magnetic fields could make fetal heart problems easier to detect

Nobody had been able to build a practical device that worked at room temperature–until now.

Monday 9th July 2018

First evidence that amino acids formed soon after the Big Bang

A new measurement of chemical evolution suggests that amino acids filled the early universe some nine billion years before life emerged. That has important implications for understanding the origin of life and attempting to re-create it in the lab.

Monday 2nd July 2018

Algorithm matches human cardiologists in detecting heart attacks

Medical data tends to be messy and hard to annotate, which makes it hard for neural networks to learn from. But machine learning is beginning to make progress.

Thursday 28th June 2018

Inside the effort to print lungs and breathe life into them with stem cells

Martine Rothblatt wants to end transplant shortages with 3-D-printed lungs.

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.

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