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2017’s Science News in Review

By | December 15, 2017

Hurricanes, protests, and lifesaving genetic engineering: our picks for the biggest stories of the year

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Plantings of non-GM refuges counter the development of resistance.

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GM Mosquitoes Closer to Release in U.S.

By | October 13, 2017

The EPA is now in charge of regulating the use of Oxitec’s strain of Aedes aegypti, genetically engineered to reduce populations of the insects.

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Gene Drive Limitations

By | October 9, 2017

In lab populations of genetically engineered mosquitoes, mutations arose that blocked the gene drive’s spread and restored female fertility.

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Researchers explore genetic engineering to produce super-tough fibers.

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Spider Silk

By | October 1, 2017

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories has genetically engineered a silkworm to spin spider silk, which might be used for futuristic products.

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Researchers use base-editing to swap out an erroneous nucleotide responsible for a potentially life-threatening blood disorder.

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Exposure to the body’s humidity causes a film of the microbes to change shape, opening flaps in the garment to allow for increased airflow.

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Living Fabric

By | September 1, 2017

See the bacteria-powered, breathable clothing made by former MIT researcher Wen Wang and colleagues.

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Human Genetic Variation May Complicate CRISPR

By | July 31, 2017

Slight sequence differences confound target sites in precision genome-editing, a study shows.

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