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Scientists announce new gene-editing techniques aimed at common mutations

Genetics is having a moment in the sun. Last year, biologists at the University of Bath in England created mice with neon feet. Scientists edited human embryos for the first time in the United States in August, cutting out a mutation for a heritable heart disease. Earlier this month, research …

Genetics

Ancient tree which tore itself apart only to regrow 'most complicated' ever found

An ancient tree with multiple trunks that split apart and then repaired itself as it grew has been declared one of the most complicated ever discovered.<p>Fossils from the 374-million-year-old cladoxlopsid from north-west China reveals an intricate web of trunks that would have appeared like a …

Inside the Moonshot Effort to Finally Figure Out the Brain - MIT Technology Review

"Here’s the problem with artificial intelligence today," says David Cox. Yes, it has gotten astonishingly good, from near-perfect facial recognition …

Machine Learning

Targeting vitamin D receptors could prevent type 2 diabetes

Targeting vitamin D receptors in insulin-producing cells could be an effective way to prevent type 2 diabetes, suggests a new study.<p>Researchers found …

Reading stories creates universal patterns in the brain

New research shows that when we hear stories, brain patterns appear that transcend culture and language. There may be a universal code that underlies …

Seven Body Organs You Can Live Without

The human body is incredibly resilient. When you donate a pint of blood, you lose about 3.5 trillion red blood cells, but your body quickly replaces …

Nerve Study Shows How Cells Adapt to Help Repair Damage

<i>Summary: A Cell Reports study identifies molecules that allow Schwann cells to help regenerate nerves.</i><p>Source: University of Edinburgh.<p><b>Genetic</b> …

Neuroscience

Researchers create a fast-sealing surgical 'glue' for closing wounds

Closing up wounds typically calls for sutures or staples, but neither are able to create a complete seal. And when it comes to internal injuries that are harder to get to and wounds on organs that move a significant amount, such as lungs, treatment becomes even more difficult. Sealants offer a …

Protein

Bananapocalypse: The race to save the world’s most popular fruit

In a hot, dry field near a place called Humpty Doo in Australia's Northern Territory, scientists are racing to begin an experiment that could determine the future of the world's most popular fruit, the lowly banana.<p>Dodging the occasional crocodile, researchers will soon place into the soil …

Forestry

CRISPR is on the cusp of eradicating a host of diseases

Using CRISPR<p>The CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool has had a busy year. It recently removed genetic disorders from human embryos, targeted the “command …

Genetics

Scientists Somehow Just Discovered a New System of Vessels in Our Brains

It is unclear what they do—but they likely play a central role in aging and disease.<p>You are now among the first people to see the brain’s lymphatic system. The vessels in the photo above transport fluid that is likely crucial to metabolic and inflammatory processes. Until now, no one knew for sure …

Multiple Sclerosis

We Might Have Finally Found The Trigger For Autoimmune Diseases

What makes the body attack itself?<p>Scientists have identified a chain reaction that explains why our own bodies can turn against healthy cells, …

Immunotherapy

Tip: Pop Your Sacrum to Squat Better

Your glutes won't fire properly if your sacrum is out of alignment. Try this and save a trip to the chiropractor.<p>When Half of Your Butt Won't Work<p>If …

Yoga

What Are 5 Books That Can Change Your Life?

Little, Brown<p>Bloomsbury Publishing<p>Alfred A. Knopf<p>Farrar, Straus and Giroux<p>Harper & Brothers<p>Farrar, Straus and Giroux<p>Jonathan Cape<p>Viking Press, Dell …

Books

Scientists May Have Discovered How Spinal Injuries Are Repaired On a Cellular Level

Reconnecting The Motor Root<p>Scientists in Sweden and the U.K. developed a surgical technique to reconnect the spinal cord with sensory neurons after …

Neuroscience

Hydrocelectomy: All you need to know

Hydrocelectomy is a kind of surgery used to remove fluid-filled sacs called hydroceles. These form in the scrotum, the muscular pouch of skin that …

AI is changing the way medical technicians work

When MIT successfully created AI that can diagnose skin cancer it was a massive step in the right direction for medical science. A neural-network can process huge amounts of data. More data means better research, more accurate diagnosis, and the potential to save lives by the thousands or …

Graphic Shows the House Plants That Naturally Clean the Air in Your Home, According to a NASA Study

This is a quick public service announcement. If you believe in science and facts, read on.<p>Back in the 1980s, NASA published a research report called …

This design detail determines if you trust your news sources

When you’re reading an article online, you’re probably not stopping to consider what font the words are set in. But it’s making a big difference in how you absorb the news.<p>If you’re on a train and catch a glimpse of a newspaper over someone’s shoulder, chances are you can recognize which …

Scientists Have Uncovered The Atomic Structure of a Key Alzheimer's Protein For The First Time

This is huge.<p>For the first time, scientists have revealed the chemical structure of one of the key markers of Alzheimer's disease, capturing …

Neuroscience

Corpus callosum: Function and disorders

The corpus callosum connects the left side of the brain to the right side, each side being known as a hemisphere. The connection allows information …

This Is The First Detailed Footage of DNA Replication, And It Wasn't What We Expected

"It undermines a great deal of what's in the textbooks."<p>Here's proof of how far we've come in science - in June 2017, researchers recorded up-close …

Biochemistry

Here Are the Ages You Peak at Everything Throughout Life

Here's what you have to look forward to.<p>Aging can seem like a scary prospect, but a wealth of scientific studies have found that youth isn’t all it’s …

Demographics

This Is the Most Complex Video of a Real Cell Ever Made

The best part of high school biology was the movies. Some of them basically amounted to weird close-up fetish porn, sure. Other high school biology …

Atoms

MIT researchers invent clothes that breathe with the help of biological cells

MIT researchers have invented a new type of workout material that can breathe using biological cells. The project, called bioLogic, is essentially a “breathable workout suit” covered in small flaps. The flaps are “lined with live microbial cells that shrink and expand in response to changes in …

E.coli

Bill Gates: Your Summer Reading List Should Include These 5 Books

Summer is a great time to escape: to the beach, to the mountains, or to the world of a great book. This year, I found myself drawn even more than …

Books

Science Explains Why Stinky Cheese Tastes So Good

I love some good stinky cheese. Stinky cheese can often carry a pungency so strong that consuming it takes on a perverse appeal. I realize this affection can be difficult to rationalize for skeptics.<p>Ask different people how they feel about certain stinky cheeses and you’ll see a wide array of …

Food

Can you manufacture blood cells?

<b>How might blood cells be made?</b><p>Different groups of researchers say they have developed a way of producing blood cells from human or mouse cells that have been reprogrammed in the lab – an advance that has been touted as offering a solution to the need for blood donation. The latest studies are the …

Cell Biology

An Experimental Gene Therapy Uses Viruses to Stop Age-Related Blindness

A Unique Treatment<p>They say you don’t fight fire with fire. However, researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Maryland have found that sometimes a …

Medicine

Human antibodies in Ebola survivor's blood effective against all strains

The fight against Ebola continues with news of a new outbreak in the Republic of Congo. That said, a discovery by scientists at the Albert Einstein …

Immune System