Genetics

This Single Test Could Identify Every Virus That's Ever Infected You

Blood tests are no fun. Luckily, a group of researchers at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, along with others, have come up …

DNA

Ancient human DNA found in Ice Age caves — even when bones were missing

The new technique is key for studying the evolution of our human ancestors<p>Scientists found DNA from ancient humans in the soil of caves — even when there were no bones uncovered at the site. The research shows that, even when no fossils are around, sediments inside caves can tell us which early …

Ancient DNA

WA man wrongly convicted after DNA error

A DNA profiling mistake that led to an innocent man being convicted more than a decade ago has been referred to WA's Corruption and Crime Commission …

DNA

Science and Scientists on the Vineyard:

<i>Paul Levine, a resident of West Tisbury who was a professor at Harvard and visiting professor at Stanford University,</i><i> will contribute this occasional</i> …

CRISPR

This Benefit Is Awkward to Talk About at Work. Here's Why You Need to Discuss It

A new study shows employees with infertility quit, are open to new job opportunities, or remain unhappy on the job as a result of feeling unsupported.<p>Katie Lelito always knew she wanted a big family. But after receiving an infertility diagnosis, she could not afford the high cost of in vitro …

The Workplace

7 things you never knew about freckles

There's a lot going on behind those specks<p>Freckles. Everyone has them, but how much do you really know about them? Here, discover some of the …

Skin

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Shopping

Biogen's Spinraza Dazzles But Rivals Rally

From a reported ovation at a medical conference to the smashing of sales forecasts, events this week confirm that the treatment of spinal muscular …

Gene Therapy

Scientists Just Grew Lambs in a Biobag--Next Step, Human Babies

Mimicking a mother's womb, a miraculous device puts doctors and scientists one step closer to ending premature infant death.Heartbreaking.That's really the only word that describes losing a child to premature birth. But as Lauren Neergaard of <i>The Associated Press</i> reports, far fewer parents could …

Medicine

Will gene edited-humans lead to a healthy utopia or an obsessive, perfectionist society?

Too much control could edit away diversity and tolerance in society.<p>The potential to edit the human genome to create people with fewer genetic …

Life Sciences

Grandmothers who smoked in pregnancy may have triggered autism in grandaughters

Grandmothers who smoked during pregnancy may have triggered autistic traits in their grandaughters, a new study suggests.<p>Scientists at the University of Bristol followed 14,500 participants in the Children of the 90s study, and found that that if a girl’s maternal grandmother smoked during …

Mitochondrial DNA

No Bones About It: Scientists Recover Ancient DNA From Cave Dirt

Sifting through teaspoons of clay and sand scraped from the floors of caves, German researchers have managed to isolate ancient human DNA — without turning up a single bone.<p>Their new technique, described in a study published on Thursday in the journal Science, promises to open new avenues of …

Ancient DNA

WA scientists crack genetic code of barley

It's taken ten years, but the genetic code of barley has been cracked by a team of international scientists, including researchers from Western …

Life Sciences

Life with a Rare Genetic Disease: The Science, the Suffering and the Hope

<b>MERCIES IN DISGUISE</b> <b><br>A Story of Hope, a Family’s Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them</b><br>By Gina Kolata<br>262 pp. St. Martin’s Press. $25.99.<p><b>THE FAMILY GENE</b> <b><br>A Mission to Turn My Deadly Inheritance Into a Hopeful Future</b><br>By Joselin Linder<br>261 pp. Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers. $28.99.<p>If life can be …

Life Sciences

Genetic engineering could bring the northern white rhino back from extinction

Pioneering science is being used to combat the devastating effects of poaching<p>The last male northern white rhino has seen better days. At the …

Extinction

Ancient DNA bucks tale of how the horse was tamed

DNA from 2,000-year-old stallions is helping rewrite the story of horse domestication.<p>Ancient domesticated horses had much more genetic diversity …

Ancient DNA

If The NIH's Budget Gets Slashed, Don't Expect Biopharma To Make Up The Difference

The end of 2016 looked rosy for biomedical R&D funding. The 21st Century Cures Act had just been passed and it called for the addition of $6 billion to the NIH budget. The funds were added to support both Joe Biden’s “Cancer Moonshot” as well as other worthwhile research efforts. Given that the NIH …

Research

This Kerala Village Which Has The Highest Number Of Twins In India Has Baffled Scientists

Scientists have been left baffled by a rare phenomenon in Kerala's Kodinhi village which has the largest numbers of twins in the country.<p>According to …

India

"Mini-Me" Brains Mimic Disease, Raise Hope for Eventual Therapies

The first time the three children’s brains grew, things went so completely off the rails that they developed severe epilepsy and autism. Now …

Neuroscience

Key Mutations Show How Tibetans Thrive at High Elevations

At altitudes of 15,000 feet, Tibetans live in environments that would incapacitate most humans. New research has uncovered several genetic mutations …

Evolution

How to Fight Cancer (When Cancer Fights Back)

Understanding how the disease evolves is the key to stopping it.<p>In early 2014, Laura Brealey was visiting her daughters in Singapore when she slipped on a marble floor and cracked her hip. She had it replaced, but in the process, the surgeons noticed that her breathing sounded odd, and told her to …

Cancer

Leaked Documents Reveal the NSA Spying on Scientists to Find 'Nefarious' Genetic Research

A new document made public this week via Edward Snowden’s leak of NSA documents reveals a fascinating aim of signals intelligence program: The …

Genetic Engineering

CRISPR Pill May Be Key in Fight Against Antibiotic Resistance

Even since Alexander Fleming stumbled across penicillin—the first antibiotic drug—scientists knew our fight with evolution was on.<p>Most antibiotics …

CRISPR

This Lawyer Is Tired Of Pharma Getting Richer And Americans Paying The Price — So He’s Suing

News outlets report on stories related to pharmaceutical pricing.<p>Stat: Meet The Lawyer Trying To Pry Drug Pricing Secrets Out Of Big Pharma <br>Class …

Gene Therapy

Synthego co-founder Paul Dabrowski is coming to Disrupt New York 2017

Genetic engineering startup Synthego makes synthetic ribonucleic acid (RNA), an important genetic component found in all living cells and also used in CRISPR Cas9, a technology enabling scientists to rip out unwanted genetic code with scissor-like precision.<p>The company was founded four years ago by …

Startups

Link discovered between immune system, brain structure and memory

The body's immune system performs essential functions, such as defending against bacteria and cancer cells. However, the human brain is separated …

Neuroscience

Large scale validation of an efficient CRISPR/Cas-based multi gene editing protocol in Escherichia coli. - PubMed

BACKGROUND:<p>The exploitation of the CRISPR/Cas9 machinery coupled to lambda (λ) recombinase-mediated homologous recombination (recombineering) is …

CRISPR

9 Foods That Aren't Actually Bad For You

The proliferation of the internet has brought untold wonders into our homes. We can now be disgusted by the most savage pornography from around the …

Nutrition

What Science Gets Wrong In The Quest To Create The Perfect Baby

Imagine this: A wealthy American woman in Beverly Hills goes online and orders her perfect child: tall, blue-eyed, intelligent, and disease-free. …

Life Sciences

18 Kids and Counting: How One Sperm Donor’s Decision to Help Others Have a Family Led to His Own

For deciding to become a sperm donor in the mid-90s was about helping another couple’s dreams of having a family come true, not his own.<p>“Back then my …

Family