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The human genome takes shape and shifts over time

If you could unravel all the DNA in a single human cell and stretch it out, you’d have a molecular ribbon about 2 meters long and 2 nanometers …

Genetics

BBC World Service - Discovery, Editing the Genome

Over the last four years, scientists have discovered a simple and powerful method for altering genes. This will have massive implications for all of us as it raises the possibility of easily changing the genetic code in animals, plants and ourselves. The potential for good is enormous. The ethical …

CRISPR everywhere

A special issue explores what it means to be living in an age of gene editing.

CRISPR Gene Editing Has Even More Potential Than We Thought, According to a New Study

CRISPR gene editing! It slices! It dices! It's one of the most talked-about biological advances in modern science for its ability to precisely and …

Welcome to the CRISPR zoo

Birds and bees are just the beginning for a burgeoning technology.

An Animal Shelter Euthanizes Dogs With A Bullet Because ‘It’s Cheaper’

An Oklahoma animal shelter has come under intense scrutiny after residents discovered it uses a horrific method of euthanization. The town of Bristow, which is about an hour southeast of Tulsa, is home to around 4000 people. As such, it falls under an Oklahoma law that allows shelters (in towns …

Scientists Are Allowed To Genetically Modify Human Embryos

UK agency has given approval to use CRISPR to modify embryos, a world-first<p>Scientists in the UK have gotten the go-ahead from a government agency to begin modifying human embryos — the fertilized egg that begets all human beings — using the increasingly popular gene-editing technique known as …

11 Crazy Gene-Hacking Things We Can Do with CRISPR

New gene-editing technologies are revolutionizing biology by giving scientists the tools to dramatically alter organisms' DNA and resulting physical traits. What will we do with this new power? And what have we already done?<p>CRISPR/Cas9 is a futuristic gene-editing technology that is either the key …

Giving Veterinarians Police Power

A ban on the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in livestock is set to take effect by the end of 2016. For public-health advocates, the prohibition is …

Looking Back: 6 of the Top Stories of 2015

The FDA has approved the first-ever genetically engineered (GE) animal - salmon - for sale in the US. The salmon, developed by AquaBounty …

Agriculture

Our love affair with purebred dogs has created genetically inferior animals

With the beginning of the new year comes an unfortunate annual tradition. Each year, families purchase purebred dogs as short-sighted holiday gifts—many of which wind up in animal shelters in the first weeks of January.<p>Our predilection for purebred dogs is troubling for a number of reasons. For one …

Getting Sick May Be Evolution's Way Of Telling You To Stay Home

MUST... NOT... CONTAMINATE... THE HERD.<p>Feeling sick and stuffy-headed? Don't go to work.<p>Your symptoms are evolution's way of telling you to stay home and not get other people sick, according to research publicized last week by Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science.<p>The research, which first …

Has the stethoscope had its day?

After two centuries of service, the iconic diagnostic device has acquired its fair share of detractors<p>The stethoscope is having a crossroads moment. Perhaps more than at any time in its two-century history, this ubiquitous tool of the medical profession is at the centre of debate over how medicine …

FDA

Diabetes breakthrough: Pancreatic cells successfully created in lab paving way for new treatments

Fully functional pancreatic cells have been cultured by scientists, potentially meaning the end of daily insulin injections for sufferers of the …

Cancer immunotherapy in veterinary medicine: Current options and new developments

Abstract<p>Excitement in the field of tumor immunotherapy is being driven by several remarkable breakthroughs in recent years. This review will cover …

How To Clone a Mammoth: the Science of De-Extinction by Beth Shapiro, review: 'troubling'

Do scientists’ efforts to reverse the extinction of mammoths come at the cost of protecting endangered species?<p>Back in 1984 the Chicago Tribune reported that Russian and US scientists had cooperated to breed a mammoth-elephant hybrid.<p>Not one of the 350 other newspapers that picked up the story …

Can We Stop the Sixth Mass Extinction?

Changing Planet<p><i>“Of all the questions which can come before this nation, short of the actual preservation of its existence in a great war, there is none which compares in importance with the great central task of leaving this land even a better land for our descendants than it is for us.”</i><br>― Theodore …

Can Genetic Engineering Bring Back Extinct Animals?

Book Talk<p>We might have a passenger pigeon again in ten years, says author.<p>Will it one day be possible to bring a woolly mammoth or a Neanderthal back to life? If so, should we? How is climate change affecting the evolution and extinction of species?<p>These are some of the questions explored in …

Extinction

Improved Version Of CRISPR Gene Editing Tool Eliminates Errors

It is not called CRISPEST, however<p>From curing genetic diseases to bringing back extinct species, the applications for gene editing tool CRISPR seem as limitless as the human imagination. And though the enzyme complex is more precise and easier to use than many of its predecessors, it occasionally …

CRISPR's Most Exciting Uses Have Nothing to Do With Gene-Editing

Scientists are using the technology to control genes rather than alter them.<p>Three years ago, Stanley Qi took CRISPR—the world’s most versatile gene-editing tool—and stopped it from editing any genes.<p>CRISPR is a young and ferociously hyped technique that allows scientists to easily and precisely …

Best Job Ever: Dr. Pilar Fish, Avian Veterinarian

Today is <b>National Bird Day</b> — a day devoted to reflecting on the beauty of birds and how they deserve our respect. Here at ModCloth, we fancy our feathered friends by featuring them on some of our favorite prints and pieces. But, we also admire the people who work directly with these avian animals …

Veterinary schools adapting to meet society’s needs

New report highlights trends, offers perspective on veterinary workforce, vet med schools.<p>Veterinarians may be known for their care of cats and dogs, but increasingly they also are needed to conduct biomedical research, oversee food safety and protect public health, according to a new report from …

Veterinary Medicine

Gene editing: Is era of designer humans getting closer?

<b>An international meeting of leading scientists has said it would be "irresponsible" to allow the creation of genetically altered humans.</b><p>But they said basic research involving embryo gene editing should continue in order to improve understanding of human biology.<p>As scientific knowledge advances and …

The Only Way to Save the Northern White Rhino Is a Jurassic Park-Style Intervention

It sounds like the plot of a Hollywood science-fiction movie. An alien species is dying. Their only hope is for a brood of artificially fertilised …

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