Category Archives: Genetics

DNA origami, synthetic biology, genetics, DNA nanotechnology, DNA

Researchers Add New Letters to Life’s Genetic Alphabet

DNA isn’t just a blueprint that gathers dust once the building — you or me — is built. Rather, it is an active factory with assembly lines to run all the processes in... more

Written By: | Posted: 05/30/14

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Link Between Mom’s Diet at Conception and Child’s Lifelong Health, Study Reveals

There’s an imposing volume of research that shows that children raised in poverty are more likely to have lousy health outcomes. But while many studies have tried to nail... more

Written By: | Posted: 05/9/14

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Have researchers found the ‘fattening gene’?

Collaborating German and Japanese scientists have studied mice lacking a gene that plays a central role in energy metabolism. Their findings? The mice maintain their... more

Written By: | Posted: 05/1/14

fecal dna, colorectal cancer, cologuard, exact sciences

The Surprising Medical Value of Poop

“The next-gen DNA sequencing is turning out to be a Swiss Army knife for all kinds of bio analysis,” Raymond McCauley, the head of Singularity University’s genetics... more

Written By: | Posted: 04/26/14

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Jason Silva’s Latest: To Be Human Is to Be Transhuman

The term ‘transhuman’ inevitably (for me) summons grotesque visions of humans and machines merging into a Borg-like race bent on eradicating biological imperfection.... more

Written By: | Posted: 04/1/14

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Genetically Engineered T Cells Used as a Weapon Against HIV/AIDS

Carl June and his colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania have been making waves since they published some successes fighting leukemia with a revolutionary new method.... more

Written By: | Posted: 03/23/14

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Backing Up the World’s Food Supply with 800,000 Plant Species on Ice

In March 2008, on a remote Norwegian island in the Arctic Circle, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, or “doomsday vault,” took its first deposits. The vault’s builders... more

Written By: | Posted: 03/15/14

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Latest Tool to Fight Cancer Is a Crowdsourcing ‘Asteroids’-Like Mobile Game

The promise of genetics to shed light on how we prevent and treat disease has been inextricably linked to the growth of computer power since the first human genome was... more

Written By: | Posted: 02/14/14

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