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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, […]



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