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Genetic engineering could save an iconic American tree from extinction

The "then boundless chestnut woods" Thoreau wrote about in Walden once grew throughout the Appalachian mountains. They provided habitat and a mast crop for wildlife, a nutritious nut crop for humans and a source of valuable timber. Because of their rapid growth rate and rot-resistant wood, they …

Ecology

Advocacy group calls on health-care industry to adopt medical device security principles

Advocacy group I Am the Cavalry is urging organizations that manufacture and distribute medical devices to adopt a cybersecurity version of the Hippocratic Oath.<p>The group, which advocates for better security in life-impacting computers like those used in modern cars, medical devices or critical …

Biotech Venture Data: Disappearing Crossovers, And Few But Well-Funded Startups

2015 was the biggest year ever for venture capital funding into the biotech sector. According to the latest MoneyTree Report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), with data from Thomson Reuters, over $7.4B was invested during the year. Lots of …

How One Man Tried to Write Women Out of CRISPR, the Biggest Biotech Innovation in Decades

On January 14, Eric S. Lander published an article in the journal <i>Cell</i> celebrating the “heroes” of CRISPR-Cas9, a revolutionary DNA-editing technology …