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Silencing of gene affects people's social lives

Psychologists have found that the silencing of a specific gene may affect human social behavior, including a person's ability to form healthy …

Doctors Push For Later School Start Times So Teens Can Get Enough Sleep

The American Medical Association recommends later school start times for teens<p>The American Medical Association announced this month that they support …

This Genetically Engineered Bacteria Can Inhale CO2 And Produce Energy

We really need this.<p>This new genetically engineered bacteria can take CO2 out of the air and convert it into energy. And while it won't fix our …

Harvard

This Biology Book Blew Me Away

Last year Trevor Mundel, who runs our foundation’s global health work, suggested that I read a book called <i>The Vital Question</i>. I had never heard of …

How Jellyfish, Nanobots and Naked Mole Rats Could Make Humans Immortal

We spoke to the world's leading experts in the field of human life extension to get an update on how close we are to living forever.<p>Dr Chris Faulkes is standing in his laboratory, tenderly caressing what looks like a penis. It's not his penis, nor mine, and it's definitely not that of the only …

Singularity

Weasel knocks out CERN's powerful particle accelerator

<b>(CNN) —</b> The largest scientific experiment has gone offline because of a foreign intruder.<p>CERN's Large Hadron Collider, the world's biggest particle accelerator located near Geneva, Switzerland, lost power Friday. Engineers who were investigating the outage made a grisly discovery -- the charred …

Physics

How The Bacteria In Your Gut Could Be Used To Treat Mental Illness

The trillions of bacteria living in the human gut influence how our brain functions, our mood and behavior. Scientists have linked imbalances in this community of microbes to a range of psychiatric conditions, including depression, anxiety disorders, autism, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive …

Microbiology

This Droplet of DNA Could Store 600 Smartphones Worth of Retrievable Data

To most of us, DNA stores the code of all living things.<p>But according to computer scientists, DNA may one day become the preferential storage medium …

Genetics

Scientists Discover Key Neural Pathways that Allow Transition to Sleep

New research sheds light on the neural mechanisms that allow us to transition from wakefulness to sleep and back again.<p>For something that happens as regularly as falling asleep, neuroscientists know remarkably little about how it works. One minute you're awake and the next minute you're flying …

Neuroscience

New vision: Gene therapy that hopes to restore sight to the blind to be tested on humans

A new gene manipulation technique that hopes to restore sight to the visually impaired will be tested on humans in the next three years.<p>Research …

Biotech’s quest to put a new spin on old age

On the eve of his 69th birthday, Craig Venter looks on, amused, as his digital doppelganger shuffles from foot to foot. Venter is the biggest entrepreneur in biotech. Now his white-bearded avatar is the star of an iPad app being demonstrated to me by his head of informatics, Scott Skellenger. …

Genetics

An experimental diet mimics a rare genetic mutation that claims to slow down aging and guard against disease

© Michael Driver<p>With the help of a small stool, Mercy Carrion clambers onto an examination table.<p>The obese 50-year-old woman stands just 115.6 cm …

Of Science And Faith, As Discussed By A Physicist And A Cardinal

Many of my non-believer colleagues would think it foolish to step onto a stage with a high-ranking Vatican cardinal to discuss science and religion.<p>They would claim it to be a waste of time, and the more extreme ones would say that doing this gives religion a credibility it doesn't deserve. Given …

Hubble Space Telescope

Chinese scientists genetically modify human embryos for the second time

With the same limitations as last year's breakthrough work<p>Scientists in China have reported genetically modifying human embryos in what is only the second published experiment of its kind. Last year, a different team of Chinese researchers edited human embryos in an attempt to remove genes …

Genetics

Smallest-yet genome reveals how little we know about life - synthetic or real - ExtremeTech

Smallest-yet genome reveals how little we know about life — synthetic or real<p>By on March 25, 2016 at 8:04 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions …

Genetics

Photographer Nina Berman on the Nightmare of Going Viral and a Call from Donald Trump

When Nina Berman attending the wedding of US Marine Sergeant Ty Ziegel and his high school sweetheart Renée Kline, she had no idea that the picture …

Why a Blood Test for Bipolar Disorder Hasn’t Come to Market

Can a blood test accurately screen for mental illness?<p>Rebecca Wright was 23 and just starting grad school when she first thought about how to end her life.<p>She had been diagnosed with depression six years earlier, and had no reason to suspect the diagnosis might be wrong. "I felt confused and very …

Depression

Like 'Deadpool,' This Jellyfish Has Amazing Superpowers

The moon jellyfish can age backward, form hordes of clones, and regenerate lost body parts, a new study says.<p>A hole rips through his body, but seals up and heals completely. An appendage is sliced off; the tissues grow back perfectly. He is capable of extreme regeneration, perhaps even …

A Blind Woman Has Regained Sight Following a Controversial Stem Cell Treatment

This is incredible.<p>Vanna Belton from Baltimore has been blind for more than five years, but after undergoing surgery where stem cells extracted from …

Cell Biology

Debate rages in courts over 'high-sensitivity' DNA analysis

NEW YORK (AP) — One New York judge ruled the DNA evidence was scientifically sound. Another, just miles away, tossed it out as unreliable.<p>The same scenario is playing out in courthouses around the world amid a debate over whether a type of DNA analysis involving the amplification of tiny amounts of …

New York City

This Doctor’s 25 Years Of Research Showed: Cancer Patients Live 4X Longer By Refusing Chemotherapy

bodymindsoulspirit | August 29, 2017 | 1 Comment<p>Chemotherapy is one of the most expensive medical treatments in the world today, but is it …

How a Typo in My DNA Led Me to the White House

At the heart of my story is a single typo in my genome.<p>We all carry around thousands of typos in our DNA, most of which don't matter much to our health -- but my typo is an unusually clear-cut case. It's a single change in a particular gene that causes fatal genetic prion disease, where patients …

The White House

To treat the heart, start with the gut

Blocking gut reactions could help defend against heart disease.<p>Intestinal microbes break down the essential nutrient choline, abundant in meat and …

Medical Research

How to Stick to Your Goals When You've Lost Motivation

Almost two months have gone by already! Time flies, doesn't it? It feels as though last week we were just reflecting on our past year and planning for the year ahead. Most of us start every new year with a set of goals we are determined to achieve. There may be changes we want to make in our lives, …

Motivation

15-Minute Yoga Routine to Unlock Tight Hips

Photo: Abi Carver.<p><b>Tight hips are incredibly common for surfers and getting loose is essential if you want to be the best surfer you can be, injury</b> …

Yoga

"Genetic Scissors" Could Completely Eliminate HIV From Cells

A snipping enzyme edits DNA with no mistakes<p>Thanks to the cocktail of drugs that make up antiretroviral therapy, HIV is no longer a death sentence. But there are downsides to antiretroviral therapy—taking the treatment for many years is expensive, increases drug resistance, and could cause adverse …

Why doctors choose to die differently

<b>(CNN) —</b> Snow was falling. He sat wrapped in a blanket on the edge of the couch, watching intently out the window. Large flurries lazily made their way down from gray skies. In North Carolina, this was a rare sight.<p>I stood next to his husband. His body had a musty, sick smell of unwashed hair and …

Medicine

Woman Who Had Half Her Brain Removed Defies the Odds, Gets a Master's Degree

Christina Santhouse is a success by nearly any measure.<p>The 28-year-old speech pathologist earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years. …

A Mammal's Brain Has Been Cryonically Frozen And Recovered For The First Time

Austin Powers called: he wants his movie plot back.<p>For the first time, researchers have cryonically frozen a whole mammalian brain and recovered it …

The Brain