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Why do people love coffee and beer? It’s the buzz, not the taste, study finds

May 11th, 2019 at 1:52 am » Comments Off

“People like the way coffee and alcohol make them feel. That’s why they drink it. It’s not the taste,” a Northwestern University researcher said. Whether you prefer a Café Latte or a diet soda may actually depend on how the drink makes you feel, rather than how it tastes, a new study finds. This idea […]



CRISPR is now being used on humans in the U.S.

May 6th, 2019 at 11:27 am » Comments Off

The gene editing trial has two patients so far. CRISPR therapies are entering the mainstream. The first U.S. trial of CRISPR in humans has begun, NPR reported Tuesday. Two patients are currently being treated as part of a University of Pennsylvania study. Per NPR, both have difficult-to-treat forms of cancer and both have relapsed after […]



Should athletes be allowed to enhance their genes?

May 5th, 2019 at 11:16 am » Comments Off

  So-called gene doping is banned in sports, but some philosophers argue that it’s the way of the future Scientists first developed gene therapy techniques in the 1990s, exploring ways to treat disease by modifying malfunctioning cells. In 1997, a team at John Hopkins University edited genes to create what the media called “Schwarzenegger mice,” […]



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 […]



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