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How CRISPR Gene Editing Is Revolutionizing Medicine And The Companies Who Invest In It

The most revolutionary technology in medicine today, and perhaps science in general, is CRISPR. CRISPR, short for <i>Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats</i>, is a technology allowing scientists to edit genes in living cells.<p>It holds vast applications, from curing genetic diseases, …

Genetics

CRISPR could use gold nanoparticles to edit your brain

Researchers were able to turn down behavioral problems in mice.<p>Add this to the list of possible applications for the seemingly-magical gene editing technology CRISPR: helping people with neurological disorders edit their brains with pinpoint accuracy to alleviate the symptoms of their …

Genetic Engineering

11 Developments and Discoveries in Human Biology and Medicine Over the Past Ten Years

Our understanding of human biology has been kicked into overdrive since the completion of the Human Genome Project over a decade ago.

Genetics

What is CRISPR? Here's EXACTLY how 'gene editing' works and the complicated moral dilemma it creates

Gene editing using CRISPR is a bit of a divisive subject at the moment.<p>To scientists, it's a revolutionary technique which more applications than we …

Genetics

CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Editing Reduces Repetitive Behavior In Mice With Autism-Like Syndrome

In a breakthrough, researchers have utilized CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing in mice with a form of Fragile X Syndrome to alter gene expression, resulting in reduction of repetitive behaviors. Fragile X Syndrome (FXS) is the most commonly identified single-gene cause of autism spectrum disorder …

Genetics

Hundreds of new genes may underlie intelligence—but also autism and depression

Being smart is a double-edged sword. Intelligent people appear to live longer, but many of the genes behind brilliance can also lead to autism, …

Genetics

Finally, a Problem That Only Quantum Computers Will Ever Be Able to Solve

Computer scientists have been searching for years for a type of problem that a quantum computer can solve but that any possible future classical …

Quantum Computing

What are diastole and systole in blood pressure?

The terms diastole and systole refer to when the heart muscles relax and contract. The balance between diastole and systole determines a person's …

Scientists Have Discovered a New Stem Cell That Could Heal Brain Damage

This could be a game-changer.<p>A newly discovered type of stem cell could help brains repair themselves from injury or even debilitating diseases like …

Neuroscience

Almost 'fully-formed' human brain grown in lab

A nearly fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time ever, according to scientists from Ohio State University -- though …

Neurophilosophy

Research Says These 6 Habits Improve Future Brain Health

Doctors claim the secret to a healthy brain in years to come is to S.H.I.E.L.D. it.<p>Many of us hope to live a long life, which includes being of sound mind and body. While there's lots of education and emphasis on physical health as a way to live longer--maintaining a healthy weight, blood pressure, …

brainhealth

A.I.'s Rapid Advance Should Be Truly Scary If You're Paying Attention

When it comes to identifying existential threats posed by technological innovations, the popular imagination summons visions of <i>Terminator</i>, <i>The Matrix</i>, …

New CRISPR tools can detect infections like HPV, dengue, and Zika

Meet SHERLOCK and DETECTR<p>Scientists are harnessing the same technology behind the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to develop cheap devices that can quickly diagnose infections. These systems, described in new research, have the potential to revolutionize how we detect and respond to viruses like …

Where Do You Go When You Die? The Increasing Signs That Human Consciousness Remains After Death

Philosophically, though, our definition of death hinges on something else: the point past which we’re no longer able to return. Those two were more …

Humans Will Have A ‘Robot Second Self’ In The Next 20 Years, Say Experts At Microsoft

The digital alter-ego will be AI extension of yourself<p>Are you seeing double? You might be in the next 20 years. Experts at Microsoft say that all …

What cells in the human body live the longest?

Although the our bodies are continuously replenishing their cells, some stick around for longer than others.<p>On average, the cells in your body are …

Hematopoietic

It's 2018. Here are six scientific mysteries we still haven't solved.

by Victor Tangermann January 2, 2018 Hard Science 54753<p>Humans have made a staggering amount of scientific and technological progress over the past …

Universe

Researchers just accidentally found an effective Alzheimer’s treatment while trying to cure diabetes

Developing new treatments for ailments can be a tedious and frustrating process for scientists. Oftentimes, newly developed drugs just don’t work the …

20+ Science Facts We Didn't Know at The Start of 2017

It's been an incredible year for science.<p><b>1.</b> The speed of gravity is pretty much identical to the speed of light! This year, for the first time ever, …

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

CRISPR gene editing moved into new territory in 2017

Scientists reported selectively altering genes in viable human embryos for the first time this year. For nearly five years, researchers have been …

Genetics

Four Amazing Things Gene Editing Did in 2017 - MIT Technology Review

Gene editing hasn’t cured disease in a human being yet—but it is getting closer. With the debut of CRISPR a few years ago, advances in the technology …

A sleep expert explains what happens to your body and brain if you don't get enough sleep

Sleep expert Matthew Walker breaks down the many effects of sleep deprivation on your brain and body. Following is a transcript of the video.<p>"My name …

New Study Suggests Stress-Sleeping Is How Your Body Repairs DNA

Ever spend a sleepless night staring at the ceiling, stressful thoughts keeping you awake into the early hours—or log a full 10 hours and feel like …

Research

MS Breakthrough: A New Potential Pathway To Repair Multiple-Sclerosis-Damaged Nerves Discovered

Increasing the cholesterol synthesis gene expression in astrocytes of the spinal cord could repair the damaged nerves in multiple sclerosis …

The 5 Most Wondrous Medical Breakthroughs This Year

Medicine sped into new territory this year, breaking ground in gene editing and figuring out new ways to treat timeless problems, and more.<p>The news …

Discovery of the Gene for a Rare Heart Disease and Why It Matters

<i>Heart disease is the world’s number one killer. In sub-Saharan Africa infections like HIV and TB take the lead but heart diseases such as heart</i> …

Six Health Stories to Watch in 2018

Don’t be surprised if 2018 proves to be a big year for health in good ways and bad.<p>While experts foresee trouble ahead for influenza and potential measles outbreaks, the areas of targeted breast cancer therapies, gene editing and migraine medicines offer new promise. The high price tag of some of …

Genetics

What Makes a Genius? The World's Greatest Minds Have One Thing in Common

Being a genius is different than merely being supersmart. Smart people are a dime a dozen, and many of them don’t amount to much. What matters is …

Physicists Just Discovered a Way to Track Unobserved Quantum Particles

What we see is only a fraction of the picture.<p>One of the underlying principles of quantum theory is that quantum objects can exist as waves or …

Quantum Physics

Nanoparticles Help Antibiotics Kill Resistant Bacteria

Light-activated nanoparticles make existing antibiotics more effective against heavily antibiotic-resistant microbes, researchers at the University …