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Humans hava a ‘Salamander-like’ ability to regenerate damaged body parts, study finds

October 15th, 2019 at 12:31 pm » Comments Off

  Axolotls (pictured) have a remarkable ability to regenerate lost body parts. Salamanders are renowned for their regenerative capabilities, such as growing back entire limbs. We can’t pull off this biological trick, but new research highlights a previously unknown regenerative ability in humans—one held over from our evolutionary past. Our bodies have retained the capacity […]



Scientists create a device that can mass-produce human embryoids

October 4th, 2019 at 12:22 am » Comments Off

  These human embryo-like structures (top) were synthesized from human stem cells; they’ve been stained to illustrate different cell types. Images (bottom) of the “embryoids” in the new device that was invented to make them. Yi Zheng/University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Scientists have invented a device that can quickly produce large numbers of living entities that […]



Gene-hacking mosquitoes to be infertile backfired spectacularly

September 25th, 2019 at 12:25 pm » Comments Off

    Best-Laid Plans On its surface, the plan was simple: gene-hack mosquitoes so their offspring immediately die, mix them with disease-spreading bugs in the wild, and watch the population drop off. Unfortunately, that didn’t quite pan out. The genetically-altered mosquitoes did mix with the wild population, and for a brief period the number of […]



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 […]