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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 […]

Height, bone density, and more can be predicted using new DNA analysis algorithm

October 14th, 2018 at 9:22 am » Comments Off

A new computer model could accurately predict a person’s height to within one inch just by analyzing their DNA AI-driven diagnostic tools are undeniably on the precipice of revolutionizing how doctors treat and manage patients. The ability for machine-learning algorithms to crunch immense volumes of patient data and find patterns not visible to the eyes […]

Building a better brain-in-a-dish, faster and cheaper

October 5th, 2018 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

UC San Diego researchers develop new protocol for creating human cortical organoids, mini-brains derived directly from primary cells that can be used to better explore and understand the real thing. Writing in the current online issue of the journal Stem Cells and Development , researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine describe […]

In the 23 and Me era, kids of sperm donors are finding each other

October 1st, 2018 at 10:51 am » Comments Off

Imaging discovering you have a half-sibling you’ve never met—or dozens of them. Customers of genetic-information services are uncovering family secrets, and then using social networks to make connections.. When you use 23andMe’s DNA Relatives feature, you get a message cautioning you that the information you’re about to see could be unexpected. For Danny-J Johnson, that […]

Scientists just made human egg cells from human blood for the first time

September 29th, 2018 at 9:50 am » Comments Off

It’s the first step toward being able to mass produce human eggs using other people’s body tissues or blood. Scientists in Japan have used human blood to successfully create immature human egg cells in a lab for the first time, according to new research published Thursday in Science. The work is a major breakthrough in […]

Scientists grow full-sized, beating humanity hearts from stem cells

September 25th, 2018 at 10:35 am » Comments Off

It’s the closest we’ve come to growing transplantable hearts in the lab. Of the 4,000 Americans waiting for heart transplants, only 2,500 will receive new hearts in the next year. Even for those lucky enough to get a transplant, the biggest risk is the their bodies will reject the new heart and launch a massive […]

Why DNA is The most exciting programming language today

September 23rd, 2018 at 11:30 am » Comments Off

When Sean Parker was young, he cofounded Napster and changed the way we listen to music. In his twenties, he helped jump-start Facebook and changed the way we interact with each other. Now, at age 38, he’s set on changing something else: the way we treat disease. The Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, which he […]

CRISPR halted muscular dystrophy in dogs. Are humans next?

September 11th, 2018 at 8:49 am » Comments Off

ABOUT TEN YEARS ago, British veterinarians discovered an unlucky family of King Charles Spaniels whose male pups sometimes came down with a mysterious set of maladies before their first birthday. They grew clumsy and weak, and they often choked on their own tongues. To blame was a mutation on their X chromosomes, in a gene […]

Nestlé is using DNA to create personalized diets in Japan

September 11th, 2018 at 8:40 am » Comments Off

The world’s largest food company is experimenting with people’s DNA to build and sell personalized nutrition plans that, it says, will extend lifespans and keep people healthy. Nestlé is rolling out these new products in Japan first. Some 100,000 people are taking part in a company program there that gives consumers a kit to collect […]

Genetically engineered bacteria paint microscopic masterpieces

September 3rd, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

Scientists have used genetically engineered bacteria to recreate a masterpiece at a microscopic scale. By engineering E. coli bacteria to respond to light, they’ve guided the bacteria like tiny drones toward patterns that depict Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. It’s not artistic recognition they’re after. Rather, the researchers want to show that these engineered organisms […]

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