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The biggest biotech discovery of the century will make designer babies and genetically edited humans possible

The ability to edit human genes and, consequently, actually engineer a human being from birth, is something science is far closer to achieving than many may think.<p>A fascinating new deep dive from MIT Technology Review explains just how close this technology is and why at this point, even though …

Genetics

Organisms can keep gene expression in check

York University researchers have learned how living beings can keep gene expression in check—which might partly explain the uncontrolled gene …

This Prehistoric Sea Creature Was Once The Largest Animal On Earth

Pristine fossils recently unearthed in southeastern Morocco have been identified as the remains of a bizarre sea creature that -- with a body that spanned about seven feet -- was once the largest animal on Earth.<p><b>(Story continues below image.)</b><p><i>An illustration of the newly identified species,</i> …

When humans go extinct: How life will evolve after we’re gone

<b>(Im Perfect Lazybones via Shutterstock)</b><p>The sixth extinction could wipe out up to half of Earth’s species. Michael Tennesen tells us what might happen next<p>Lindsay Abrams<p>March 14, 2015 8:00pm (UTC)<p>The sixth mass extinction is nearly upon us. Species on Earth are dying out at a rate one thousand times …

Without a library of Platonic forms, evolution couldn’t work – Andreas Wagner

When it slithers through the grass, the legless glass lizard is indistinguishable from a snake. But harass it and it will perform a very un-snakelike …

How Humans Are Still Evolving To Avoid Extinction

As humans accelerate our impact on the earth and on ourselves, will 50,000 years of self-evolution both destroy and save us?<p>Humans may be approaching …

First ‘baby’ pillar corals grow up in lab

Scientists have bred and raised a rare and threatened coral species, Caribbean pillar coral, in the lab for the first time.<p>The work provides the …

Mapping the Next Major California Earthquake

Is your city in the danger zone?<p>For Californians, the latest forecast from the U.S. Geological Survey and others is a mix of "oh, good" and "oh, crap." New models show a reduced risk of medium-sized quakes, and a jacked-up potential for really big ones.<p>But where's the next powerful earthquake …

Geology

What Scientists Saw While Cleaning Fossil of a Prehistoric Sea Creature Had Them ‘in Shock at the Discovery’

Yale University paleontologists discovered the fossil of a giant, prehistoric sea creature that they say gives them clues to the early evolution of modern day arthropods.<p>Reaching at least seven feet long and dating back to 480 million years ago, according to a Yale University News release, …

Stop Editing Human Embryos For Now, Say Geneticists

There are some ethical issues to work out first<p>It’s no secret that scientists can now edit genes. Resolving disease-causing mutations could help cure some of the world’s most deadly diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and hemophilia. In the past, these modifications have been limited to genes in …

Genetics