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A Year After Approval, Gene-Therapy Cure Gets Its First Customer - MIT Technology Review

A child in Europe has become the second individual ever to receive a commercial gene therapy, according to GlaxoSmithKline.<p>The treatment, called …

How Scientists Think CRISPR Will Change Medicine

With the advent of CRISPR, a new way to edit DNA, the field of genomic technology has never been more exciting. The implications have yet to be seen, …

The Recent History of Bombing the Shit Out of ’Em

Last October, in Iraq, I stumbled across the aftermath of a coalition strike that killed nineteen allies. The frequency of such incidents shows that Trump’s bombing strategy is nothing new.<p>At a campaign rally in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Donald Trump, speaking of the Islamic State, once told supporters, “I …

The Week in Review: WikiLeaks Releases CIA Documents

Whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks published thousands of documents this week, revealing top U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) hacking secrets.<p>Released Tuesday, the documents in “Year Zero” are said to be the first disclosure of many in a series dubbed “Vault 7″ that uncovers a global hacking …

#ICYMI: Popular Stories in Tech This Week (Week Ending March 31, 2017)

Congress voted to repeal Internet privacy rules—the ones that protect your browsing history from being sold to third parties. (But you can protect yourself with a VPN.) AT&T signed a $6.5 billion deal to set up a network for first responders called FirstNet. Elon Musk continued his fight against …

How Our News Philosophy Supports the Truth

We don’t know what someone’s thinking, we just know what they’ve said. We’d rather be right than first. Lead with the most important facts. What did …

The Truth About Fake News

When Wikipedia started to take off as a truly credible service some years ago, I believed that finally, the world was racing toward one, glorious</i> …

Harvard scientists find evidence that ALS and SMA could be treated with a common drug

Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) researchers have identified a compound that helps protect the cells destroyed by spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), …

The Future of Food: To GMO or Not To GMO?

An organic diet has never been more in style than it is right now, with millions of consumers willing to shell out extra dollars for organic foods. …

Google Offshoot Starts A 10,000-Person Study To Plumb Human Biology

It’s a realistic blueprint for how tech could change medicine. But it’s also an emblem of how long that transformation will take.<p>Verily, formerly known as Google Life Sciences, plans to begin a long-awaited 10,000-person study to explore the biology of healthy people in the next several months, the …

Controversial 'three-parent baby' fertility technique takes off in Mexico City

Sitting in his spotless office in the New Hope Fertility Clinic in Mexico City, soft music playing in the hallway in the background, Doctor Alejandro Chávez-Badiola shows an affable smile. “’Three-parent babies’ is not the title I would have chosen for the treatment,” the clinic director says. “But …

Scientists want this CRISPR pill to one day replace antibiotics

Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison want to stamp out antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Their weapons of choice are deception and a …

Researchers study secrets of aging via stem cells

<i>Third in an occasional series on how Harvard researchers are tackling the problematic issues of aging.</i>“If only,” wrote an ancient Japanese poet, …

Researchers identify gene for adapting to changing seasons

University of Toronto researchers have identified a gene that determines whether the body will adapt to changing seasons.<p>The gene, a micro-RNA called …

5 reasons the government might shut down

Trump is eager to put his stamp on the federal budget, but Democrats are in resistance mode.<p>The deadline to keep the federal government open is just about here, but a deal is far from done.<p>With just five workdays left until government funding expires, lawmakers return next week to all the same …

Liz Parrish: Ageing is a disease. Gene therapy could be the cure

After her son was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, Elizabeth Parrish, CEO of BioViva, began researching gene therapy treatments. She then started …

Type 1 Diabetes

Human Umbilical Blood Has Regenerated The Brains of Elderly Mice

We swear this isn't science fiction.<p>Researchers have regenerated the memories and learning abilities of elderly mice by injecting their brains with …

Scientists Hacked a Cell’s DNA and Made a Biocomputer Out of It

Our brains are often compared to computers, but in truth, the billions of cells in our bodies may be a better analogy. The squishy sacks of goop may …

Scientists turn spinach into human heart tissue

Popeye was right: spinach really <i>is</i> good for the muscles, and not just the ones in your biceps. In fact, scientists have discovered a way to use the …

Quantum leaps

A BATHING cap that can watch individual neurons, allowing others to monitor the wearer’s mind. A sensor that can spot hidden nuclear submarines. A …

Quantum Computing

NASA Funds 133 Projects to Aid Deep Space Exploration

Each project will receive funding to support development over the next 2 years before hopefully being ready for use in missions.<p>PCMag reviews …

Space Science

'Jumping genes' may set the stage for brain cell death in Alzheimer's, other diseases

The latest round of failed drug trials for Alzheimer’s has researchers questioning the reigning approach to battling the disease, which focuses on …

IBM invented a way to store data on a single atom

Electronics get faster, smaller, and (hopefully) more reliable as time passes, but the march towards the miniature only has one logical place to end, …

Data stored on a single atom for the first time

Innovation in electronics manufacturing is driven by a desire to make devices ever smaller but increasingly powerful. Moore's Law has seen the power of computer chips double every two years without them growing in size, while data storage plateaued somewhat.<p>But in a breakthrough that could …

How a chain of scientific discovery leads to a history of the universe

<i>Marcia Bartusiak is a professor in the MIT Graduate Program in Science Writing. She is the author of six books on the frontier and history of astrophysics. A new edition of her book on gravitational-wave astronomy, “Einstein’s Unfinished Symphony,” will be published this summer.</i><p>Mary Somerville …

Congress Orders NASA To Be On Mars By 2039

We’ve all done it. We’ve all seen something ridiculous, maybe a terrible reality show, maybe an awful political event, and muttered to ourselves “I don’t want to live on this planet anymore.” It might surprise you that Congress feels the same way, as they’ve approved NASA’s budget and told it to go …

Space Science

7 ways Earth would change if our Moon were destroyed

We take for granted how much the Moon does for Earth, but not all of the changes would be bad.<p><i>“If we get rid of the moon, women, those menstrual</i> …

Astronomy

Here, there and everywhere | The Economist

Quantum technology is beginning to come into its own<p>After decades as laboratory curiosities, some of quantum physics’ oddest effects are beginning to …

Quantum Computing

It's Official: Time Crystals Are a New State of Matter, And Now We Can Create Them

Peer-review has spoken.<p>Earlier this year, physicists had put together a blueprint for how to make and measure time crystals - a bizarre state of …

Quantum Physics

Scientists Closer To Creating A Fully Synthetic Yeast Genome

Scientists have taken another important step toward creating different types of synthetic life in the laboratory.<p>An international research consortium reports Thursday that it has figured out an efficient method for synthesizing a substantial part ofthe genetic code of yeast.<p>"We are absolutely …