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Synthetic organisms are about to challenge what ‘alive’ really means

January 13th, 2019 at 10:50 am » Comments Off

  We need to begin a serious debate about whether artificially evolved humans are our future, and if we should put an end to these experiments before it is too late. In 2016, Craig Venter and his team at Synthetic Genomics announced that they had created a lifeform called JCVI-syn3.0, whose genome consisted of only […]



Neural stem cells grown from blood could revolutionize medicine

December 27th, 2018 at 2:22 am » Comments Off

Doctors could soon be able to grow new brain cells, which would help treat people with strokes or other neurological conditions, using just a small blood sample. Scientists from Heidelberg University Hospital in Germany and the University of Innsbruck in Austria figured out how to reprogram mature human blood cells into neural stem cells. Scientists […]



Inside the Controversy: Chinese scientists creating CRISPR babies

December 6th, 2018 at 12:42 pm » Comments Off

A daring effort is under way to create the first children whose DNA has been tailored using gene editing. When Chinese researchers first edited the genes of a human embryo in a lab dish in 2015, it sparked global outcry and pleas from scientists not to make a baby using the technology, at least for […]



20 Americans die each day waiting for organs. Can pigs save them?

December 5th, 2018 at 1:19 pm » Comments Off

Thanks to genetically engineered pigs, the donor-organ shortage could soon be a think of the past. ANCHORING A ROW of family photos in Joseph Tector’s office is a framed, autographed picture of Baby Fae, the California newborn who made headlines in 1984 when she received a baboon’s heart to replace her own malfunctioning organ. It’s […]



72 cent test screens for disease in less than an hour

December 4th, 2018 at 12:40 pm » Comments Off

A new easy-to-use device can quickly and accurately screen for a variety of diseases, including Zika, Ebola, hepatitis, dengue, and malaria. The portable device, called enVision (enzyme-assisted nanocomplexes for visual identification of nucleic acids), can also screen for various types of cancers and genetic diseases. EnVision takes between 30 minutes to one hour to detect […]



With Personal Food Computers, nerd farmers are finding the best way to grow

November 28th, 2018 at 12:32 pm » Comments Off

I’m Caleb Harper, principal investigator and director of the Open Agriculture initiative at the MIT Media Lab. Kent Larson courtesy of MIT Media Lab In his book Tomatoland: How Modern Industrial Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit, Barry Estabrook details how grocery store tomatoes are both less nutritious and delicious than those grown decades ago. […]



Bioprinting: How 3d printing is changing medicine

November 24th, 2018 at 12:15 pm » Comments Off


Next generation of biotech food heading for grocery stores

November 22nd, 2018 at 4:17 am » Comments Off

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next generation of biotech food is headed for the grocery aisles, and first up may be salad dressings or granola bars made with soybean oil genetically tweaked to be good for your heart. By early next year, the first foods from plants or animals that had their DNA “edited” are expected […]



Alarm over talks to implant UK employees with microchips

November 20th, 2018 at 11:48 am » Comments Off

Trades Union Congress concerned over tech being used to control and micromanage. Britain’s biggest employer organisation and main trade union body have sounded the alarm over the prospect of British companies implanting staff with microchips to improve security. UK firm BioTeq, which offers the implants to businesses and individuals, has already fitted 150 implants in […]



Same-sex mouse parents give birth via gene editing

October 21st, 2018 at 10:35 am » Comments Off

Scientists delivered pups with genetic material from two moms and two dads. But only pups with two moms survived to have babies themselves. BIRDS DO IT, bees do it—even laboratory mice do it. But with science in the mix, actually creating new life may not always require a male and a female. Using gene editing […]



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