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‘Gene drive’ breakthrough creates weaponized mosquito extinction strain

‘Gene drive’ breakthrough creates weaponized mosquito extinction strain The name for this power is called gene drive.First, it forces itself into 99% of a mosquito’s sperm cells, and thus into 99% of its offspring.

The gene therapy revolution is coming. Will the US get left behind?

The gene therapy revolution is coming. Will the US get left behind? Last year, the United States federal budget included a rider banning certain types of gene therapy research, and that has some in the scientific community worried.For one, embryonic stem cell research was mostly opposed through funding bans, but more importantly the arguments against it centered on moral and religious arguments, not practical or scientific ones.

Crowdsourced genetics study ferrets out the hereditary roots of depression

Crowdsourced genetics study ferrets out the hereditary roots of depression But in at least one arena, we really are better off together, and that’s when it comes to crowdsourced genetics studies.The real plaudits go to those individuals who gave permission to share their data and make possible the study.

Chill out, woolly mammoths aren't coming back just yet

Chill out, woolly mammoths aren't coming back just yet Woolly mammoths won't be trouncing through the Arctic tundra anytime soon.Woolly mammoths roamed the planet for hundreds of thousands of years before they vanished about 4,000 years ago.

22 photos that prove science is beautiful

22 photos that prove science is beautiful It's the 20th anniversary of the Wellcome Images Awards, which celebrates images of science and medicine.Their winners’ gallery features the most diverse range of images the contest's history.

Stanford researchers accidentally discover a whole new role for the cerebellum

Stanford researchers accidentally discover a whole new role for the cerebellum Scientists from Stanford have stumbled onto a new and different role for the cerebellum — and they found it while they were looking for something else entirely.Some granule cells lit up as expected, when a mouse was planning and executing arm movements.

Scientists wants this CRISPR pill to one day replace antibiotics

Scientists wants this CRISPR pill to one day replace antibiotics Their weapons of choice are deception and a powerful gene-editing tool called CRISPR.Initially borrowed from bacteria, which use CRISPR as an immune defense against viruses, the gene-editing tool works by recording snippets of the attacker’s DNA, so that the bacteria can recognize and eliminate future invaders.

Despite What You May Have Heard, Licking Frogs Does Not Cure the Flu

Despite What You May Have Heard, Licking Frogs Does Not Cure the Flu The skin microbiome of certain amphibians could help us figure out how to curb the fungal epidemic called chytridiomycosis that threatens tropical frogs.The strain of flu they were using binds to human cells using lollipop-shaped extensions jutting out from its surface.

Meet CRISPR: Our Genetic Superweapon

Meet CRISPR: Our Genetic Superweapon When we think of genetic damage or mutation, our minds either jump to pulp heroes like Bruce Banner or grotesque, deformed creatures.And it’s all thanks to CRISPR — a genetic superweapon.

Powerful gene-editing tool can eliminate HIV infection in mice

Powerful gene-editing tool can eliminate HIV infection in mice For the first time, a team of researchers has shown that they can remove HIV type 1 (HIV-1) from infected mouse cells using a powerful gene-editing tool.The new work builds on an earlier proof-of-concept study that involved genetically modified, or "transgenic," mice and rats.

CRISPR Moves Us a Step Closer to Quashing HIV

CRISPR Moves Us a Step Closer to Quashing HIV This time, because a team of researchers in China have published a paper detailing their work in adapting CRISPR for use as an HIV cure and the results are pretty stunning.For the stubborn among you, CRISPR is basically a genetic scalpel that allows us to precisely cut and move DNA, however, we’d like to.