Kevin Lavigne

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Master Gardener: What’s in a name: Heirloom, hybrids and GMOs?

Image 1 of / 1<p>Caption<p>Close<p>When it comes to understanding and distinguishing the difference between heirloom plants, the lines are clear to commercial …

Organisms

How genetics is revealing rare childhood conditions

There are between 6,000 and 8,000 known rare diseases, many of which affect children’s development. One pioneering project is showing how, 17 years …

Mutations

Scientists Just Made Human Egg Cells from Human Blood for the First Time

It’s the first step toward being able to mass produce human eggs using other people’s body tissues or blood.<p>Scientists in Japan have used human blood to successfully create immature human egg cells in a lab for the first time, according to new research published Thursday in <i>Science</i>. The work is a …

George Clooney

World's oldest known animal identified after decades-long mystery

<b>London (CNN) —</b> The oldest known animal in the geological record has been identified, in a discovery that scientists are calling "the Holy Grail of palaeontology."<p>Fat molecules discovered on the fossil of a mysterious creature called Dickinsonia have confirmed that that it lived 558 million years …

Fossils

Denisovan hybrid cave yields four more hominin bones

The ancient human remains were found using a method that can scan thousands of bones relatively quickly.<p>A tiny bone fragment recovered from Denisova …

Denny's

Scientists have moved one step closer to RNA editing, which could be the next stage of CRISPR

Researchers at the prestigious Salk Institute are reporting that they have managed to map the molecular structure of a CRISPR enzyme that could allow scientists to more precisely manipulate functions within cells.<p>Over the past several years, CRISPR-Cas9 has seized the public imagination for its …

CRISPR

Mass extinctions can occur without warning: End-Permian extinction 251 million years ago that wiped out 90% of ALL life on Earth occurred with 'almost no early warning signs'

The most severe mass extinction in Earth's history occurred with almost no early warning signs, according to a new study.<p>The end-Permian mass …

Extinction

Some People Are Genetically Equipped to Grow Fungus in Their Lungs

This fungus is "unavoidable and inescapable."<p>In the eighteenth century, an Italian priest who moonlighted as a hobby botanist discovered a family of …

Nature Communications

One of the worst scientific feuds in history arose between two paleontologists in the 1870s

The end of the Civil War opened a new era of fossil hunting in the American West -- and a bitter feud between two rival paleontologists, who spent 20 …

War

Adding One Molecule May Make Cancer Vaccine More Effective

Scientists develop a molecule they say fires up the immune system to fight off cancer cells.<p>Vaccines are a vital piece of public health because they …

Immune System

Deep sea robots reveal mineral riches in the abyss

BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - From the safety of their research vessel, scientists are exploring one of Earth’s last frontiers - the sea floor - to discover more about valuable minerals vital in the manufacture of smartphones.<p>The scientists, from the University of Bergen in Norway, are sending robots …

Rare Earth

The truth about salt

Health & Mindset<p>When it comes to salt, a little goes a long way. While we DO need sodium (the main ingredient of salt) to maintain good health, it’s a lot less than we think. Just a single teaspoon – up to 2,300 mg – does it for one day. Salt-sensitive people should consume an even smaller amount: …

High Blood Pressure

What makes you a man or a woman? Geneticist Jenny Graves explains

<i>This article is part of our occasional long read series Zoom Out, where authors explore key ideas in science and technology in the broader context of</i> …

Eggs

What is dubnium and why is it interesting?

Before I watched this video and you had asked me if dubnium was a real element or not, I would have had to guess. It turns out dubnium (Db) is on the …

Physics

Fat traces show strange fossils made by earliest animals

Researchers say the fossils were made by an animal that existed more than 20 million years ago, before the Cambrian Period. The animal was soft and …

Fossils

Key Differences in the Neanderthal Brain Reveal Explanation for Extinction

Sometimes, bigger is better.<p>About 40,000 years ago, our closest relatives, the Neanderthals, went extinct. But the mystery of <i>how</i> they died is a …

This Genetically Engineered Skin Graft Could Treat Cocaine Addiction

Which could save more lives.<p>Addiction to any drug — be it alcohol, tobacco, opioids, or illicit drugs, like cocaine — is a chronic disease that …

Stem Cells

Scientists at Royal Saskatchewan Museum discover new multimillion-year-old fossils

Scientists at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum uncovered several multimillion-year-old fossils around the province over the summer.<p>Emily Bamforth, curatorial assistant for paleontology, discovered a skull from an Edmontosaurus – a duck-billed dinosaur – near Shaunavon, Sask. It’s only the second skull …

National Parks

Scientists Just Found the Guys Who Are Killing Africa’s Elephants

How do you crack the complicated empire of cartels that kill hundreds of thousands of elephants every year for their ivory? You put an international …

Elephants

Daily briefing: Why potentially useful human genes are being ignored by science

Why genetics research still focuses on the same old genes, a whole new level of quantum weirdness and lessons from a huge science scandal.<p>Hello <i>Nature</i> …

Nature Communications

Family’s ‘genetic background’ sheds light on autism symptoms

The total amount of rare mutations—deletions, duplications, or other changes to the DNA sequence—in a person’s genome can explain why individuals …

Mutations

What Was It Like When The First Stars Died?

The cosmic story that gave rise to us is a story rife with creation and destruction. At the start of the hot Big Bang, energetic particles, antiparticles, and quanta of radiation were created. Fractions-of-a-second later, most of the particle-antiparticle pairs had annihilated away. Atomic nuclei …

Black Holes

Wildlife Detective Uses DNA to Link Stolen Ivory to Big Cartels

On June 5, 2014, Kenyan police entered a Fuji Motors car yard in the port city of Mombasa, where they found a two-ton stash of ivory. The discovery …

University of Washington

High blood pressure breakthrough: Over 500 genes uncovered

The "largest genetic association study of blood pressure traits" to date has studied over 1 million people and found 535 new genetic loci linked with …

High Blood Pressure

Jumping genes work together to control programmed deletion in the genome

Scientists have discovered a new family of molecules that work together to precisely remove unwanted DNA during reproduction in single-celled, …

Penn researchers: Class of neurological disorders share 3D genome folding pattern

In a class of roughly 30 neurological disorders that includes ALS, Huntington's Disease and Fragile X Syndrome, the relevant mutant gene features …

The Genes That Never Go Out of Style

Fifteen years after the Human Genome Project, scientists are still mostly studying genes that have already been well studied.<p>Back in 2000, a group of mildly inebriated geneticists set up a lighthearted sweepstakes to guess how many genes the human genome would turn out to contain once it was fully …

Genes

Germany premieres the first hydrogen-powered train in the world

At last, the world’s first hydrogen-powered trains have made their global debut in the northern countryside of Germany. As of Monday, two Coradia …

Locomotives

Alphabet AI is helping release sterile mosquitoes in Singapore

TINY BUG, BIG IMPACT<p>In many parts of the world, mosquitoes are more than just a campsite nuisance — they carry deadly diseases that cause an …

Mosquitoes

Why DNA Is the Most Exciting Programming Language Today

WIRED ICON<p><b>Sean Parker</b>, Napster cofounder<p>NOMINATES<p><b>Alex Marson</b>, biologist and infectious disease doctor at UC San Francisco<p>When Sean Parker was young, …

San Francisco