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Mini-brains grown in a lab have human-like brain activity

September 10th, 2019 at 3:29 am » Comments Off

A new study promises new paths to research mental illness, but raises questions about whether so-called organoids could develop consciousness Alysson Muotri was dumbfounded when the pea-sized blobs of human brain cells that he was growing in the lab started emitting electrical pulses. He initially thought the electrodes he was using were malfunctioning. Muotri was […]



Gene editing transforms gel into shape-shifting material

September 10th, 2019 at 3:23 am » Comments Off

  The CRISPR technique can trigger the new material to release drugs or pick up biological signals Is there anything CRISPR can’t do? Scientists have wielded the gene-editing tool to make scores of genetically modified organisms, as well as to track animal development, detect diseases and control pests. Now, they have found yet another application […]



Gene-edited cattle have a major screwup in their DNA

September 6th, 2019 at 11:29 am » Comments Off

  Bid for barnyard revolution is set back after regulators find celebrity “hornless” bovines contaminated by bacterial genes. They were the poster animals for the gene-editing revolution, appearing in story after story. By adding just a few letters of DNA to the genomes of dairy cattle, a US startup company had devised a way to […]



Wait, What? The first human-monkey hybrid embryo was just created in China

August 14th, 2019 at 6:57 am » Comments Off

Last week, news broke that a prominent stem cell researcher is making human-monkey chimeras in a secretive lab in China. The story, first reported by the Spanish newspaper El País, has all the ingredients of a bombshell. First, its protagonist is the highly-respected Dr. Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, a Spanish-born stem cell biologist at the […]



How scientists built a ‘living drug’ to beat cancer

August 7th, 2019 at 12:07 pm » Comments Off

IN 2010, EMILY Whitehead was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of certain cells in the immune system. THIS IS THE most common form of childhood cancer, her parents were told, and Emily had a good chance to beat it with chemotherapy. Remission rates for the most common variety were around 85 percent. It […]



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