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Scientists Edit Thousands of Genes at Once With Upgraded CRISPR

When the gene-editing technology CRISPR first made a splash back in 2012, it foretold a future in which curing diseases might simply involve snipping …

Genetics

A giant gorilla and a winged wolf: Does ‘Rampage’ get the science of CRISPR right?

We here at STAT cover CRISPR a lot. But it’s not every day we get to cover Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.The Rock and the genome-editing technology meet …

Genetics

CRISPR trials are about to begin in people—but we still don’t know how well it works in monkeys - MIT Technology Review

Sometime this year, people in the US and Europe will start getting treated for diseases using the gene-editing tool CRISPR, but a big question …

Genetics

"Bar Codes" Could Map Errant Brain Wiring in Autism and Schizophrenia

A new, speedy technique affords scientists the ability to visualize the brain’s myriad connections at an unprecedented level of complexity

Neuroscience

Brewing Up Earth's Earliest Life

Around 4 billion years ago, Earth was an inhospitable place, devoid of oxygen, bursting with volcanic eruptions, and bombarded by asteroids, with no …

Chemistry

Diabetes skin patch could abolish finger-prick tests

Finger-prick tests for blood glucose monitoring may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to scientists who have developed an adhesive skin patch that …

Diabetes

UCLA researchers tweak CRISPR to accelerate genomic editing

The powerful gene-editing tool, CRISPR, has revolutionized research by allowing scientists to snip and patch DNA with remarkable precision. But …

Genetics

STAT Plus: Scientists are thinking the unthinkable: CRISPR might one day reverse devastating brain diseases

Monica Coenraads’ daughter has never spoken since she blurted out “duck!” while taking a bath soon before her first birthday, and has never walked. …

CRISPR

Gene Editing for Good

Today, more people are living healthy, productive lives than ever before. This good news may come as a surprise, but there is plenty of evidence for …

Genetics

Scientists discover the secret to bees’ flawless navigation

Scientists have discovered how the wiring of bees' brains helps them navigate the most direct route back to their hive.<p>Researchers from the …

Bees

How Genetics Is Changing Our Understanding of ‘Race’

In 1942, the anthropologist Ashley Montagu published “Man’s Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race<i>,</i>” an influential book that argued that race is a social concept with no genetic basis. A classic example often cited is the inconsistent definition of “black.” In the United States, historically, a …

Evolution

Mitochondria mutation mystery solved: Random sorting helps get rid of duds

You probably know about the 23 pairs of chromosomes safely stowed in your cells’ nuclei. That’s where the vast majority of your genes can be found. …

Genetics

No, a Mitochondrial “Eve” Is Not the First Female in a Species

Recently, researchers made waves with the announcement that they had found the mother of all sperm whales: that is, the female from whom all modern …

Biology

Meet the Woman Using CRISPR to Breed All-Male “Terminator Cattle” - MIT Technology Review

A graduate student was waiting for Alison Van Eenennaam in the doorway of her lab at the University of California, Davis. An Australian geneticist, …

Genetics

Origin Of Life Vs. Origin Of Consciousness: Which Is Harder To Tackle?

It seems to be the job of theologians to worry more about the limits of science than scientists do themselves. But that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy hashing it out together.<p>You just have to know where to look.<p>A case in point was the discussion between Michael Ruse, Fraser Watts and Ottoline Leyser …

Consciousness

Her ‘perfect child’ was now schizophrenic and homeless. Could she find him on one of the year’s coldest days?

Another morning of questions began with the most basic of them all. Where was her son? Was he okay? Or was he frozen on some street corner?<p>Kerry McBride, 46, looked outside. The windows of her Arlington, Va., townhouse were fogged over, but she could see that the ground was covered with snow. It …

High School Football

Google News

The Doomsday Diet

<b>Shortly before noon on December 1</b>, an ominous wail pierced the air throughout the Hawaiian Islands. The state’s emergency management agency had flipped the switch on its “Attack Warning Tone,” a foreboding siren that heralds an imminent nuclear attack. Not heard in decades, the tone will now ring …

New York City

We just sent a message to aliens who could respond by 2042

A complex message designed for aliens on a planet 12 light-years away has started its journey into space.<p>Humanity is sending out a musical, mathematical and scientific message for E.T. across interstellar space, and if any aliens happen to receive it and respond, first contact could happen as soon …

Extraterrestrial

Medical first: Doctors attempt to gene-edit a living patient's DNA

<b>(CNN) —</b> A man may soon be forever free of the previously incurable disease he was born with 44 years ago. On Monday, in a medical first, Brian Madeux received an experimental in-body gene-editing treatment intended to cure him of Mucopolysaccharidoses II, known as MPS II or Hunter syndrome, a rare …

Medicine

METI's First Message Is a Music Lesson for Aliens

Tromsø, Norway is usually a destination for northern lights lovers—tourists and scientists alike. But on October 16, the small city north of the …

A Population of Billions May Have Contributed to This Bird’s Extinction

North America was once a utopia for passenger pigeons. When European colonizers first arrived, as many as 5 billion of the gray-backed, copper-breasted and iridescent beauties roamed the continent, possibly the most abundant bird to have ever graced the planet.<p>When they migrated, they swept across …

Biology

Discovery of Likely Alien Worlds Has Scientists Buzzing

Astronomers have spotted more than 100 new potential alien planets, including one in the fourth-closest star system to the sun, a new study reports.<p>This haul of newfound possible exoplanets, which have yet to be confirmed as bona fide alien worlds, comes from a new analysis of 20 years' worth of …

Universe

Long Window for Life on Mars: Hundreds of Millions of Years?

SAN FRANCISCO — Parts of Mars were capable of supporting life as we know it for lengthy stretches in the ancient past — perhaps hundreds of millions …

Giggling rats help reveal how brain creates joy

Tickle a rat and it will jump for joy, gleefully squeak and beg for more. In addition to describing these delightful reactions to a tickling hand, a …

The Brain

Why are thousands of giant snowballs piling up on a Siberian beach?

Preparing for an epic snowball fight this winter? The best place to stock up on ammo may be a beach in Siberia, where thousands of huge, perfectly …

Scientists develop magnetic ink that lets gadgets self-heal when they break

So you don’t always have to throw broken gear in the trash<p>From robot cookie makers to lightbulbs that double as phone chargers, Silicon Valley is great at selling us random gadgets we didn’t know we need. And while it’s cool if you’re into automated pita bread warmers of the future, it’s what …

Gear & Gadgets

NASA gets better look at Mars lander crash site

European Space Agency's Schiaparelli didn't make a soft landing on the Red Planet. Now, a Mars orbiter has the first color images of the wreckage.<p>The European Space Agency had hoped to put its Schiaparelli lander on Mars last month to gather data on the planet's huge dust storms and test …

Space

CRISPR-Edited Mouse Genes Help Us Understand How Snakes Lost Their Legs

The disappearance of snakes’ limbs is more than a story of loss—it is a complex history detailed in their DNA. Hoping to understand how and why …

Genetics