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New Study Sounds a Note of Caution in the Development of CRISPR Gene Therapies

New Study Sounds a Note of Caution in the Development of CRISPR Gene Therapies The discovery of CRISPR gene editing technology led many to believe we may soon be able to tweak our DNA with ultra-high accuracy. But a new study has found it can cause more unintended damage to the genome than thought, and…
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This Drug Combo Extends Lifespan and Healthspan in Mice by Killing ‘Zombie’ Cells

This Drug Combo Extends Lifespan and Healthspan in Mice by Killing ‘Zombie’ Cells Aging may seem like the most natural—and inevitable—thing in life. Yet according to a new study in Nature Medicine, rejuvenating an aging body may be as easy as kitchen renovations. Simply swap drill and hammer for a cocktail of two drugs already…
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This Drug Combo Extends Lifespan and Healthspan in Mice by Killing ‘Zombie’ Cells

This Drug Combo Extends Lifespan and Healthspan in Mice by Killing ‘Zombie’ Cells Aging may seem like the most natural—and inevitable—thing in life. Yet according to a new study in Nature Medicine, rejuvenating an aging body may be as easy as kitchen renovations. Simply swap drill and hammer for a cocktail of two drugs already…
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This Drug Combo Extends Lifespan and Healthspan in Mice by Killing ‘Zombie’ Cells

This Drug Combo Extends Lifespan and Healthspan in Mice by Killing ‘Zombie’ Cells Aging may seem like the most natural—and inevitable—thing in life. Yet according to a new study in Nature Medicine, rejuvenating an aging body may be as easy as kitchen renovations. Simply swap drill and hammer for a cocktail of two drugs already…
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New DNA Synthesis Method Could Soon Build a Genome in a Day

New DNA Synthesis Method Could Soon Build a Genome in a Day Synthetic biologists are the computer programmers of biology. Their code? DNA. The whole enterprise sounds fantastical: you insert new snippets of DNA code—in the form of a chain of A, T, C, G letters—into an organism, and bam! Suddenly you have bacteria that…
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Three Huge Ways Tech Is Overhauling Healthcare

Three Huge Ways Tech Is Overhauling Healthcare We are on the brink of a revolution in healthcare. AI is making the drug discovery process >100X faster and cheaper, and 90 percent more likely to succeed in clinical trials. Mobile health is predicted to become a $102 billion market by 2022, putting a virtual doctor, on-demand,…
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What Makes People Distrust Science? Surprisingly, Not Politics

What Makes People Distrust Science? Surprisingly, Not Politics Today, there is a crisis of trust in science. Many people—including politicians and, yes, even presidents—publicly express doubts about the validity of scientific findings. Meanwhile, scientific institutions and journals express their concerns about the public’s increasing distrust in science. How is it possible that science, the products…
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Pioneering Stem Cell Trial Seeks to Cure Babies Before Birth

Pioneering Stem Cell Trial Seeks to Cure Babies Before Birth Even before she was born, Elianna Constantino had already cheated death. Elianna has a rare inherited blood disorder called alpha thalassemia major, which prevents her red blood cells from forming properly. The disease, which has no cure, is usually fatal for a developing fetus. But…
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How Cyanobacteria Could Help Save the Planet

How Cyanobacteria Could Help Save the Planet It’s very easy to forget that complex life on Earth almost missed the boat entirely. As the Sun’s luminosity gradually increases, the oceans will boil away, and the planet will no longer be in the habitable zone for life as we know it. Okay, we likely have a…
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5 Sci-Fi Books Biotech Geeks Should Read Right Now

5 Sci-Fi Books Biotech Geeks Should Read Right Now From space colonization to resurrection of dinosaurs to machine intelligence, the most awe-inspiring visions of humanity’s future are typically born from science fiction. But among an abundance of time travel, superheroes, space adventures, and so forth, biotech remains underrepresented in the genre. This selection highlights some…
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