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Genetic Studies Reveal Diversity of Early Human Populations — and Pin Down When We...

Humans are a success story like no other. We are now living in the Anthropocene age, meaning much of what we see around us...

Is Evolution Over? Synthetic Biology Anticipates Nature’s Next Steps

Some biological processes are so central to life as we know it that it’s tempting to assume all the key innovations in biochemistry have...

Are We at the Edge of a Second Sexual Revolution?

Do you remember your first formal lesson about the birds and the bees? Our biology or health teachers stood before a classroom full of...

CRISPR Targets Cancer in First Human Trial — What You Need to Know

It’s happening: as early as later this year, the gene-editing power tool CRISPR could be used in its first ever human trial. On Tuesday June...

Can Growing Human Organs in Pigs Solve the Organ Shortage?

Back in the 90s, a deeply disturbing image surfaced on the nascent Internet: a lab mouse with something looking like a human ear grown...

Is the World Ready for Synthetic Life? Scientists Plan to Create Whole Genomes

Last weekend, an invite-only group of about 150 experts convened privately at Harvard. Behind closed doors, they discussed the prospect of designing and building...

CRISPR Dispute Raises Bigger Patent Issues That We’re Not Talking About

The worlds of science, technology and patent law eagerly await the U.S. government’s decision on who deserves patents on what many have referred to...

If We Don’t Own Our Genes, What Protects Study Subjects in Genetic Research?

On February 25, the White House hosted a forum on the National Institute of Health’s Precision Medicine Initiative. This is an ambitious research study...

How to Speak to the Dead: Gather Their DNA For Science

DNA sequencing of the deceased could lead to a number of advances in health care. A group of scientists in Denmark have launched a...

UK Will Use CRISPR on Human Embryos — a Step Closer to Human Genome...

"It is human nature and inevitable in my view that we will edit our genomes for enhancements.” —J. Craig Venter This week, Kathy Niakan, a biologist...

CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Editing Is a Huge Deal, But It’s Just the Tip of the...

CRISPR/Cas9 has been touted as an almost magical technology in the news—and rightly so. The technique allows scientists to alter the DNA of living...

A Big Year for Biotech: Bugs as Drugs, Precision Gene Editing, and Fake Food

Speculations around whether biotech stocks are in a bubble remain undecided for the second year in a row. But one thing stands as indisputable—the...

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