Impact Lab


Subscribe Now to Our Free Email Newsletter

» Currently browsing: Genetics


The CRISPR machines that can wipe out entire species

February 14th, 2019 at 1:21 pm » Comments Off

The genetic-engineering tool could help combat malaria and invasive species. But should we use it? Charles Darwin had no idea what a gene was. If we dropped the father of evolution into 2019, the idea that humans can willfully alter the genes of an entire species would surely seem like wizardry to him. But CRISPR […]



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 […]



What researchers with the world’s longest running study of human aging know for sure

November 7th, 2018 at 12:05 pm » Comments Off

What is aging? That’s the question the National Institutes of Health (NIH) sought to answer in 1958 when it launched the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA)—now the world’s longest-running study of human aging. Some 3,200 men and women have played a critical role in advancing our understanding of what it means to get older. […]



IQ scores are falling and have been for decades, new study finds

June 17th, 2018 at 9:35 am » Comments Off

The research suggests that genes aren’t what’s driving the decline in IQ scores “It’s not that dumb people are having more kids than smart people,” researcher says (CNN) — IQ scores have been steadily falling for the past few decades, and environmental factors are to blame, a new study says. The research suggests that genes […]



Gene editing for good

May 1st, 2018 at 9:52 am » Comments Off

How CRISPR could transform global development. Today, more people are living healthy, productive lives than ever before. This good news may come as a surprise, but there is plenty of evidence for it. Since the early 1990s, global child mortality has been cut in half. There have been massive reductions in cases of tuberculosis, malaria, […]



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.



China has already gene-edited 86 people with CRISPR

January 23rd, 2018 at 9:23 am » Comments Off

In the U.S., the first planned clinical trials of CRISPR gene editing in people are about to kick off. China, meanwhile, has been racing ahead, having already used the gene-altering tool to change the DNA of dozens of people in several clinical trials.



Breakthrough: Scientists reverse aging in human cells

November 16th, 2017 at 1:30 am » Comments Off

Seniors may soon be able to live disease-free for their entire lives.



The immigrant maps of America: Genome study of over 770,000 people reveals the ancestral origins of each part of the country

October 26th, 2017 at 12:39 am » Comments Off

Scientists from AncestryDNA analysed genome-wide genotype data from 774,516 Americans This allowed researchers to identify the genetic ‘clusters’ within, or the genetic communities The study reveals ancestral origins and migration patterns for specific groups across the country



Will stem cells replace dental implants?

August 11th, 2017 at 10:06 am » Comments Off

For many, a toothache may bring up their deepest and darkest fears. The reality for many is that the dentist can send you through a wave of emotions, to the point that you may end up trying to avoid your appointment entirely.



Coworking 6