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Using CRISPR to resurrect the dead

July 8th, 2019 at 12:10 pm » Comments Off

Gene-editing breakthroughs could allow us to bring extinct species, like the woolly mammoth, back from the dead. But should we? It really is worse than you think. We’ve gorged ourselves on fossil fuels, vacuumed up the Earth’s forests and spewed toxic gases into the atmosphere for years on end. The planet is getting warmer, we’re […]



His DNA solved a century-old jailhouse rape. The victim: His Grandmother

June 18th, 2019 at 11:39 am » Comments Off

Commercial DNA tests showed that Hiram and Bruce were related. But their link proved to be much deeper — and darker — than either could have imagined. As a black teenager in Compton, California, in the 1970s, Hiram Johnson began to wonder about his father’s fine curly hair, and the light-brown skin that strangers sometimes […]



Scientists created bacteria with a synthetic genome. Is this artificial life?

June 3rd, 2019 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

  A colored scanning electron micrograph of the bacteria E. coli. Scientists in Britain created bacteria with “recoded” DNA. In a milestone for synthetic biology, colonies of E. coli thrive with DNA constructed from scratch by humans, not nature. Scientists have created a living organism whose DNA is entirely human-made — perhaps a new form […]



This DIY biohacker is under investigation

May 26th, 2019 at 2:52 am » Comments Off

Josiah Zayner rose to internet fame after performing various biohacking stunts on himself — including a livestreamed attempt to edit his own genes using CRISPR. Those antics are coming to haunt Zayner. Now, the California Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is investigating a “complaint of unlicensed practice of medicine” filed against him — a strange […]



CRISPR gene editing is coming for the womb

May 7th, 2019 at 11:28 am » Comments Off

  When an unborn baby is diagnosed with a life-threatening defect, it can be devastating. So some scientists hope to treat the fetus in the uterus, using gene editing. WILLIAM PERANTEAU IS the guy parents call when they’ve received the kind of bad news that sinks stomachs and wrenches hearts. Sometimes it’s a shadow on […]



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