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Fish ‘antifreeze’ hints at new way to store blood

Antifreeze proteins from fish living in icy seas have inspired a new way to freeze blood for safe storage.<p>Researchers say polyvinyl alcohol, a common …

Nature Communications

Fruit flies boast ‘I’m not dead yet’ gene mutations

Mutations of a gene called Indy—short for “I’m Not Dead Yet”—which affects metabolism and life span, have long been a part of fruit fly evolution, a …

Biology

Uzbekistan reportedly wants genetic tests to spot future Olympians

The Olympic athletes of the future will be genetically vetted — at least, that's what officials in Uzbekistan are banking on. In a world first, the country will reportedly start conducting genetic analysis on kids as young as 10 years old, in the hopes of finding out which ones are predisposed to …

How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

Quite possibly, you've noticed some new food labels out there, like "Not made with genetically modified ingredients" or "GMO-free." You might have seen them on boxes of Cheerios, or on chicken meat. If you've shopped at Whole Foods, that retailer says it now sells more than 3,000 products that have …

Mouse embryo with beating heart generated totally from Stap cells – video

A mouse embryo with beating heart generated totally from Stap cells using an acid technique developed by scientists in Kobe, Japan. In a series of elegant experiments, researchers showed that cells plucked from animals could be turned into all-powerful master cells simply by immersing them in a …

Simple way to make stem cells in half an hour hailed as major discovery

A radical and remarkably easy way to make cells that can grow into any tissue in the body has been developed by scientists in Japan.<p>The feat has been hailed as a major discovery by researchers familiar with the work, and if it can be repeated in human tissue, could lead to cheap and simple …

France plans law to restore GMO crop ban | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - France has launched a move to restore a ban on genetically modified (GMO) maize annulled by its top court to prevent sowings this spring that could raise public outcry in a country strongly opposed to GMO crops.<p>A Senator of the ruling Socialist party submitted a draft law on …

Scientists grow miniature human brain in a lab

'Cerebral organoids' model development of the mind in human embryo<p>Scientists have long been taunted by the human brain. After all, the very organ that gives us knowledge remains largely unmastered — something President Obama has set to rectify, in part, with an ambitious effort to map the brain. An …

Tiny Lab-Grown Heart Beats On Its Own

Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death worldwide, and doctors have struggled to find effective treatments. Heart failure, an …

Hair follicle stem cells hold clues to balding

New research describes some of the factors that determine when hair grows, when it stops growing, and when it falls out.<p>The researchers report their …

Stem Cells

Make Your Own Naturally Glowing Plants With This Software

A Kickstarter project wants to change the way we produce light — with plants. <i>Glowing</i> plants, specifically.<p>The Glowing Plant Project, comprised of a …

Scientists draw up definitive list of genes that make us human

Researchers have drawn up the first definitive list of genetic changes that make modern humans different from our nearest ancient ancestors, who died out tens of thousands of years ago.<p>The list amounts to a series of biological instructions that shape the brains and bodies of living people and …