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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 […]



The future of medicine may land within five to 10 years, CRISPR inventor says

August 28th, 2018 at 8:41 am » Comments Off

A pioneer of the Crispr gene-editing technology that’s taken Wall Street by storm says the field is probably five to 10 years away from having an approved therapy for patients. Biochemist Jennifer Doudna, who runs the Doudna Lab at the University of California at Berkeley, says major questions remain about the safety and effectiveness of […]



Inside the very big, very controversial business of dog cloning

August 12th, 2018 at 10:47 am » Comments Off

Recently born clones share an incubator. Barbra Streisand is not alone. At a South Korean laboratory, a once-disgraced doctor is replicating hundreds of deceased pets for the rich and famous. It’s made for more than a few questions of bioethics. The surgeon is a showman. Scrubbed in and surrounded by his surgical team, a lavalier […]



Gene editing technique allows silkworms to produce spider silk

August 9th, 2018 at 7:26 am » Comments Off

An analysis of transformed cocoons. Morphology of the WT-1, FibH+/-, FibH-/-, WT-2, MaSp1+/-, and MaSp1+/+ cocoons. Scale bar represents 1 cm. Credit: Jun Xu A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in China has succeeded in using a gene editing technique to get silkworms to produce spider silk. In their paper published in Proceedings […]



Designer babies on horizon as ethics council gives green light to genetically edited embryos

July 22nd, 2018 at 9:35 am » Comments Off

Designer babies are on the horizon after an influential group of scientists concluded that it could be ‘morally permissible’ to genetically engineer human embryos. In a new report which opens the door to a change in the law, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, said that DNA editing could become an option for parents wanting to […]



Decoding your baby’s DNA: It can be done. But should it be?

April 27th, 2018 at 10:10 am » Comments Off

Maverick Coltrin was diagnosed with pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy shortly after he was born. He now gets checkups to make sure his seizures are under control and that he’s still healthy. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times) Maverick Coltrin entered the world a seemingly healthy 8-pound boy. But within a week, he was having seizures that doctors […]



Astronaut Scott Kelly’s DNA changed in space

March 15th, 2018 at 11:05 am » Comments Off

After spending nearly a year aboard the International Space Station, American astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth in 2016—only to find that his DNA had changed.



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