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Lab-grown food: It's what's for dinner!

1,800 gallons of fresh water go into 1 pound of beef.<p>National Geographic

Food

Darwin Day Revelation: Evolution, Not Religion, Is the Source of Morality

As the world celebrates Darwin Day, much of humanity refuses to accept evolution.<p>Creationists pretend that their argument is with science. Their posts are littered with gems of motivated reasoning such as this: "If natural selection were true, Eskimos would have fur to keep warm, but they …

Gene Wars: Targeted Mutations Will Spawn Unique Dangers, And Soon

In 2012, scientists discovered a cheap and easy way of editing genes that determine the biological features of all living things, including humans. The method is called Crispr-Cas9, and it exploits the defenses that bacteria have evolved against viral invaders to add or subtract material from an …

The Future Of Gene Editing Is Being Decided Right Now

How will CRISPR shape our future?<p>Today, hundreds of scientists are gathered in Washington, D.C. for the international summit on genome editing. The three-day conference will discuss the ethical and appropriate use of all genome-editing technologies, but it will likely pay close attention to the …

Biologists Create More Precise Molecular Scissors for Genome Editing

By tweaking an enzyme that cuts DNA, synthetic biologists say that they can make genome editing even more specific—an essential improvement if the …

Genetics

Scientists, ethicists tackle gene editing's ethics, promise

WASHINGTON (AP) — A hot new tool to edit the human genetic code has a big wow factor: the promise of long-sought cures for intractable diseases. But …

Researchers see evolution working faster than expected (in chickens)

The word "evolution" tends to conjure up images of early hominids dodging predators on the veldt as they inch — agonizingly slowly — toward modern humanity. Most of those popular images of evolution are steeped in antiquity because, well, evolution takes ages, right? Well, a study conducted by …

Chinese Scientists Are Editing Genes to Make Animal 'Hulks'

In China, scientists have been tweaking the genes of various breeds of dogs to create thickly-muscled beagles and adorable mini-pigs, according to a …

Genetics

The answer to a longstanding mystery about cancer may be buried deep inside of elephants

Naked mole rats, for instance, can live for more than 30 years, yet never have a single incidence of cancer.<p>Elephants, similarly, present an even more mystifying conundrum. Despite their size and nearly comparable lifespan to humans — a whopping 50 to 70 years — they have a shockingly low …

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The Walking Dead

_This is the third piece in a three-part series on sleep. Read part one, on falling asleep, and part two, on sleeping and dreaming. _<p>Did you get enough sleep last night? Are you feeling fully awake, like your brightest, smartest, and most capable self? This, unfortunately, is a pipe dream for the …

What the way you sleep with your partner means about your relationship

On the surface, sleep may seem like a simple human activity in that sleep = bliss. But, when you truly analyze how you sleep, it can reveal a lot.<p>For …

Are humans still evolving? Yes, both globally and locally.

The one question I’m inevitably asked after lecturing on evolution to a general audience is this: “Are humans still evolving?” What they really want …

Organic ‘computers’ made of DNA could process data inside our bodies

We invariably imagine electronic devices to be made from silicon chips, with which computers store and process information as binary digits (zeros and ones) represented by tiny electrical charges. But it need not be this way: among the alternatives to silicon are organic mediums such as DNA.<p>DNA …

A new study shows that whales live and learn in their own unique animal culture

A sperm whale’s “click” is the loudest sound produced by any animal—and it has an identifying dialect. In fact, according to a study published in Nature Communications, the whales aren’t born with different vocal chords or a bit of the sea particularly suited to a certain kind of click. They simply …

Whales

DARPA Is Developing Human Bio-Factories to Brew Lifesaving Vaccines

ST. LOUIS — The next factory for lifesaving drugs could be the human body itself.<p>Scientists are developing a new vaccine-making method that co-opts …

Are Humans Supposed to Eat Meat?

People who eat meat argue that it’s “natural” for humans to consume animals. But is this true or just an excuse to ignore the horrific ways in which …

Delaying Age Related Diseases by Keeping Gut Bacteria in Balance

<b>Why do some people remain healthy into their 80s and beyond, while others age faster and suffer serious diseases decades earlier? New research led by</b> …

Neuroscience

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Comment on Gene Editing Is Now Cheap and Easy—and No One Is Prepared for the Consequences by Mike Taylor

Isn’t it funny, those who claim to know the most, end up talking the least sense.<br>You’re a prime example of that.