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Storing Data in DNA Brings Nature into the Digital Universe

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>Humanity is producing data …

Genetics

She thought she was Irish — until a DNA test opened a 100-year-old mystery

Five years ago, Alice Collins Plebuch made a decision that would alter her future — or really, her past.<p>She sent away for a "just-for-fun DNA test." When the tube arrived, she spit and spit until she filled it up to the line, and then sent it off in the mail. She wanted to know what she was made of.<p>…

Scientists have used CRISPR to store a GIF inside the DNA of a living cell

Using E.Coli, the team at Harvard Medical School spliced data from the file into the bacteria’s genome<p>Eadweard Muybridge was a pioneer of both early …

CRISPR used to build a biological hard drive out of live bacteria

Hard drives will one day seem as primitive as punch cards or floppy disks, and it may turn out that the medium that replaces them was inside us all …

Lights, Cameras, CRISPR: Biologists Use Gene Editing to Store Movies in DNA

Internet users have a variety of format options in which to store their movies, and biologists have now joined the party. Researchers have used the …

IQ May Be Linked to Genetics, But We Still Can’t Predict Intelligence

We now know that the human body contains at least 52 intelligence genes. This is incredibly important to understanding the specifics of the biology …

Tai Chi

Selfish gene acts as both poison and antidote to eliminate competition

KANSAS CITY, MO - Researchers from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research in collaboration with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center …

A New Machine Could Allow Us to Print Life in Space

As humanity gears up to venture further into space than ever before, many people are looking to create colonies on the moon and on Mars, and we’re …

Genetics of Wizardry: Were Harry Potter's Magical Powers Written in His DNA?

WASHINGTON — In the world of "Harry Potter," magical ability runs in the family. Witches and wizards have parents who are witches or wizards, and …

How DNA barely explains racial and ethnic genes

With the availability of home genetic testing kits from companies such as “23andMe” and “Ancestry DNA,” more people will be getting information about …

4 Facts About Sickle Cell Disease

Once considered a death sentence, sickle cell disease has had promising medical breakthroughs. These are the facts.<p><b>MYTH:</b> Only Black people get sickle …

Are you a mosquito magnet? Own socks? This study is for you

When it comes to attraction, the allure can begin even before she sets eyes on you. There seems to be something about the way you—her dinner—smells …

Canadian, World, Politics and Business News & Analysis

Bitcoin, rival cryptocurrencies plunge on crackdown fears<p>Carillion's Canadian operations 'continue uninterrupted' amid British parent's liquidation<p>streetwise It was debt that sank Carillion Subscriber content<p>Canadian auto sector must take steps to remain competitive: study Subscriber content<p>BANKS …

The myth that gender is binary is perpetuated by a flawed education system

High schools all teach the same narrative in sex-ed: Chromosomes determine genitals, which determine sex, which determines gender. Women are XX, and men are XY. One has a penis, the other a vagina. It’s science. Right?<p>But what about people born with congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH), a disorder …

Richard Dawkins

Women with BRCA gene mutations given clearer picture of breast and ovarian cancer risk

Results of Australian study will provide carriers with greater confidence in decisions they make about prevention strategies<p>Women who carry the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations now have the clearest picture yet of their risk of developing breast and ovarian cancer.<p>An Australian study led by the …

Scientists Complete First Successful "Surgery" on a Nanoparticle

Nanoparticles Under The Knife<p>A team of Carnegie Mellon University chemists led by professor Rongchao Jin have conducted the first site-specific …

We are much more unique than assumed

Computational biologists discover surprisingly strong effects from protein variation<p>Every human being has a unique DNA "fingerprint". In other words, …

Scientists Hope to Combat Rare Genetic Diseases With This Radical Proposal

One of the leading cause of death in the United States is sudden cardiac arrest. Nine out of 10 people that experience it will die from it. But, with …

Genetic Engineering

DNA Replication Has Been Filmed For The First Time, And It's Not What We Expected

"It undermines a great deal of what's in the textbooks."<p>Here's proof of how far we've come in science - in a world-first, researchers have recorded …

Scientists discover enzyme that supports brain tumor growth

Researchers from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston have discovered that an enzyme helps brain tumors to grow. This finding …

Prepare for the Digital Health Revolution

Telemedicine<p><i>How health care is transcending physical walls.</i><p>At the turn of the 20th century, getting a checkup in America frequently meant your doctor …

Earth - Chicken grows face of dinosaur

Sixty-five million years ago, an asteroid is believed to have crashed into Earth. The impact wiped out huge numbers of species, including almost all of the dinosaurs.<p>One group of dinosaurs managed to survive the disaster. Today, we know them as birds.<p>The idea that birds evolved from dinosaurs has …

Epigenetics Has Become Dangerously Fashionable

For the past few years, social scientists have been buzzing over a particular topic in molecular biology—gene regulation. The hype has been building …

Genetics

How Mendel Channeled Darwin

One of the great ‘what if’ questions that has fascinated historians of biology is how differently Darwinian evolution would have been received had Darwin known of the work of Gregor Mendel, the Augustinian monk who is now considered the founder of the science of genetics.<p>Darwin published <i>Origin of</i> …

Biology

Genome Surgery - MIT Technology Review

Over the last decade, as DNA-sequencing technology has grown ever faster and cheaper, our understanding of the human genome has increased …

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2017 - MIT Technology Review

Reversing Paralysis<p>Scientists are making remarkable progress at using brain implants to restore the freedom of movement that spinal cord injuries …

More lessons from Dolly the sheep: Is a clone really born at age zero?

In 1997 Dolly the sheep was introduced to the world by biologists Keith Campbell, Ian Wilmut and colleagues. Not just any lamb, Dolly was a clone. …

Genetics

Human germline genome editing: An ‘impressive’ sleight of hand?

<b>Françoise Baylis</b> wonders how it is that in 14 months (from December 2015 to February 2017), the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. …

12 Infographics That Explain Why We Get Sick

<b>My impression is that the vast majority of people view medicine as a confusing and very complicated field. They don’t know much about human biology,</b> …

Biology