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Selecting Embryos for IQ, Height Not Currently Practical: Study
Shawna Williams | Nov 21, 2019
Building simulations based on real genetic data, researchers conclude
-like tactics to choose the traits of future offspring would yield little payoff.
Doctors Test if Rapid Chilling Can Save Trauma Patients’ Lives
Ashley Yeager | Nov 21, 2019
A clinical trial is underway to see if suspended animation, in which the body is cooled to 10–15 °Celsius, could slow patients’ decline and give doctors time to operate.
Technical Bias Widespread in RNA-Seq Datasets
Diana Kwon | Nov 21, 2019
Genes that are exceptionally long or short are overrepresented in some published reports, which can lead to misinterpreted results.
Sex Promotes Lasting Memories in Female Flies
Ruth Williams | Nov 20, 2019
A protein present in the ejaculate of male fruit flies activates long-term memory formation in the brains of their female partners.
Missing Brain Hemisphere Tied to Fortified Neural Networks
Kerry Grens | Nov 20, 2019
A small study finds that patients who had half their brains removed to treat epilepsy have stronger neural networks than controls, perhaps explaining how they can retain language and cognition skills.
Genomes Sequenced for Every US and Canada Butterfly
Emily Makowski | Nov 20, 2019
Researchers analyzed more than 800 species.
Microfluidic Chambers Trigger Sleep in
Alejandra Manjarrez | Nov 19, 2019
This newly described behavior occurs spontaneously, but can be modulated by food availability, temperature, and the size of the chambers.
Early Results Are Positive for Experimental CRISPR Therapies
Jef Akst | Nov 19, 2019
Two clinical trial participants—one with β-thalassemia and one with sickle cell disease—appeared to benefit from the gene-editing treatments with minimal side effects, according to the companies.
Janette Sherman, Public Health Activist, Dies
Emily Makowski | Nov 18, 2019
The physician, toxicologist, and expert witness drew attention to health issues caused by radiation and toxic chemicals.
Endocrinologist and Reproductive Physiologist Wayne Bardin Dies
Catherine Offord | Nov 18, 2019
Bardin’s work helped lead to the development of long-acting contraceptive devices for women.