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In new breakthrough, CRISPR tools target RNA to tackle dementia

Since it was first demonstrated in 2007, the gene-editing tool CRISPR/Cas9 has been used to edit DNA in an attempt to make organisms like …

Genetics

Why You Shouldn't Eat a Slug (In Case You Need Reasons)

Hint: A brain-infesting worm carried by gastropods is spreading around the world.<p>Sam Ballard was 19 years old when friends at a party dared him to swallow a slug. Within days, the Australian teen developed a rare form of meningitis and fell into a coma that lasted more than a year. Even after …

How Did Astronaut DNA Become 'Fake News'?

For a brief moment, NASA found itself at the center of a digital misinformation campaign.<p>“After year in space, astronaut Scott Kelly no longer has same DNA as identical twin,” the headline of a story on the <i>Today</i> show’s website, published Thursday, declared. Seven percent of his DNA, the story says, …

Genetics

Putin claims new 'invincible' missile can pierce US defenses

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> Russian President Vladimir Putin boasted Thursday of new weaponry he claims will render NATO defenses "completely useless," delivering a warning to the world about Russia's resurgent military might.<p>In an annual address to the Russian Parliament, the Kremlin leader said Russia had …

Russia

The Future of Medicine Is Here and It’s Personalized

According to the World Economic Forum, chronic diseases will cost the global economy $47 trillion over the next 20 years. The situation in the U.S. …

Why This Type of Intelligence You Probably Haven't Heard of Might Be the Most Important

The most important type of intelligence, Robert J. Sternberg says, has to do with setting and accomplishing your goals.<p>It used to be that cognitive intelligence was the king of the hill in terms of importance. Then emotional intelligence showed up. But now Cornell University's professor of human …

Artificial Intelligence

This Is How To Quit Bad Habits Without Willpower: 3 Secrets From Neuroscience

<b>***</b><b>Before we commence with the festivities, I wanted to thank everyone for helping my first book become a Wall Street Journal bestseller. To check it</b> …

Self-help

What yogis know

In a March 31 <i>Science</i> paper, they identified a handful of nerve cells in the brainstem that connect breathing to relaxation, attention, excitement and …

Neuroscience

The missing Alzheimer's pill

When it comes to some of the biggest diseases America faces in the future, our drug system is set up to fail. What needs to happen?<p>If there’s a dream of what a new drug is supposed to do, it might look something like Kalydeco. In 2012, the new light-blue pill from Vertex Pharmaceuticals rocked the …

Alzheimer's Disease

The Nazi breeding and infanticide program you probably never knew about

<b>Forced procreation, kidnapping, and execution of babies were all carried out in the name of a master race</b><p><b>By Erin Blakemore</b><p>It sounds like the stuff of …

Lawmakers are asking DNA-testing companies about their privacy policies — here's what you should know when taking genetics tests like 23andMe or AncestryDNA

DNA tests can tell you where your family is from and what health conditions you might be predisposed to get.<p>They've gained significant popularity in recent years — over Thanksgiving weekend last year alone, shoppers bought 1.5 million AncestryDNA kits.<p>But the rise of consumer genetics tests has …

Genetics

CRISPR in 2018: Coming to a Human Near You - MIT Technology Review

Ever since scientists first used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit living human cells in 2013, they’ve been saying that the possibilities for using it to treat …

Five Winners -- And One Loser -- From Medicine's Big Meeting About Blood

For the past two days, doctors who treat blood diseases have been meeting at the annual convention of the American Society of Hematology in Atlanta. There’s a lot of innovation coursing through this field. Here’s a guide to companies that are standing out.<p><b>Bluebird Bio Hits A Grand Slam</b><p>Researchers …

3 Nonverbal Behaviors (Of Others) That Signal They Like You

Being likable in the workplace is important. I’d argue it’s even more important for young Millennials. Psychological theory can help us make sense of this claim. According to Susan Fiske’s stereotype content model, people perceive us along two psychological dimensions: likability and …

Body Language

Kirsten Gillibrand’s Moment Has Arrived

The New York senator has made sexual assault the focus of her political career. Now, the world has caught up with her.<p>The Washington sky was darkening outside her window, and Kirsten Gillibrand slumped down in her chair. It had been a long day. In the morning, the New York senator hosted a news …

Sexual Harassment

New system can identity people from their DNA in minutes

Researchers have developed a software system to accurately identify people and cell lines from their DNA in a matter of minutes. The technology has a …

What you need to know about occipital neuralgia

Occipital neuralgia is the term for a headache that starts in the upper neck or back of the head and spreads or radiates behind the eyes, forehead, …

How do the brains of intelligent people work?

People with a higher-than-average intelligence level have brains that are "wired" in a different way, researchers say. A new study suggests that …

10 Little-Known Words You Need to Add to Your Vocabulary Right Now

Your vocabulary needs a little agerasia. Please trust me on that.<p><i>Absurdly Driven</i> <i>looks at the world of business with a skeptical eye and a firmly rooted tongue in cheek.</i><p>As the dark parts of the day get ever longer, I find myself contemplating what's been lost.<p>And, of course, what's been overwhelming.<p>…

Robert Mueller

A Trailer for ‘The Sex Robots Are Coming’ Just Released & It Is Scary AF

It is no mystery that the world’s sex industry is a scary juggernaut racing towards the pinnacle of technological innovation, in such a fast-paced …

In goes digital data. Out comes drugs, vaccines, DNA & RNA

In goes digitally encoded biological information. Out comes DNA, RNA, protein drugs and viral particles — rapidly and without human …

Genetics

23andMe Is Making Its First Foray into At-Home Research, to Study Pain - MIT Technology Review

On a recent evening, Brian Pardy plunged his right hand into ice water and held it there for two and a half minutes.<p>Pardy was carrying out an at-home …

8 Genetic Mutations That Can Give You 'Superpowers'

Why some humans have an edge.<p>More than 99 percent of your genetic information is exactly the same as every other person on the planet. Your genes …

CRISPR Gene-Editing Might Cause Thousands of Unintended Mutations

The popular genetic engineering tool could cause hundreds or thousands of unwanted mutations, potentially creating random side effects.<p>Perhaps the largest medical breakthrough this side of the Human Genome Project has been the invention of CRISPR, a technique for rewriting entire sections of DNA. …

A Cosmic Controversy

The origins of space and time are among the most mysterious and contentious topics in science. Our February 2017 article “Pop Goes the Universe” …

Physics

Gravitational waves discovery wins Breakthrough of the Year award

The <i>Physics World</i> Breakthrough of the Year has been awarded to the Ligo team for its discovery of gravitational waves.<p>Gravitational waves are ripples …

University of Glasgow

Study Confirms: The Words We Speak Can Literally Alter Our Brain

Recent studies report fascinating results: The words you choose to use can literally change your brain. Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist at …

Behind Duterte’s Break With the U.S., a Lifetime of Resentment

Philippines president, driven by a sense of grievance over colonial history and perceived slights, threatens to undo a vital American relationship in Asia<p>In an effort to clear tension with Barack Obama, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte approached him during a dinner at a regional summit in Laos …

Asia

Turkey reportedly blocks Google Drive, Dropbox, GitHub

Turkey reportedly blocked cloud storage services including Google Drive, Dropbox and Microsoft’s OneDrive, as well as code hosting service GitHub on Saturday, according to Turkey Blocks.<p>The government is believed to have done so in a bid to suppress the leak of emails belonging to the Minister of …

Google Drive

The VC firm behind Facebook, LinkedIn, and Workday just raised $1 billion for its newest fund

Two years later, the tech landscape has changed, and the legendary Silicon Valley venture-capital firm has raised another $1 billion for its 15th fund to invest in the new future of emerging technologies.<p>"Some of these spaces are more mature now," Greylock partner James Slavet told Business …