WHO Panel Calls For a Registry of Gene-Editing Research in Humans
WHO Panel Calls For a Registry of Gene-Editing Research in Humans
The advisors’ recommendations follow news of ethically dubious gene-editing work carried out by He Jiankui late last year.
WHO Panel Calls For a Registry of Gene-Editing Research in Humans
WHO Panel Calls For a Registry of Gene-Editing Research in Humans

The advisors’ recommendations follow news of ethically dubious gene-editing work carried out by He Jiankui late last year.

The advisors’ recommendations follow news of ethically dubious gene-editing work carried out by He Jiankui late last year.

biological robot, disease & medicine, genetics & genomics
Potent Weed Linked to Psychosis
Potent Weed Linked to Psychosis
Jef Akst | Mar 20, 2019
Frequent use of high-strength cannabis may increase the risk of mental health problems, according to a large-scale epidemiological study.
Sweetened Drinks Linked to Higher Mortality Risk
Sweetened Drinks Linked to Higher Mortality Risk
Catherine Offord | Mar 19, 2019
While sugary beverages seem to be the worst offenders, artificially sweetened drinks might also be associated with health problems, an observational study suggests.
DNA from 200-Year-Old Pipe Connects Enslaved Woman to West AfricaDNA from 200-Year-Old Pipe Connects Enslaved Woman to West Africa
DNA from 200-Year-Old Pipe Connects Enslaved Woman to West Africa
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 18, 2019
Genetic material from old artifacts can link people to their ancestral communities and potentially help descendants find their roots.
Some Viruses May Infect by Inserting Different Portions of Genetic Material
Some Viruses May Infect by Inserting Different Portions of Genetic Material
Emma Yasinski | Mar 18, 2019
Viruses that infect plants and occasionally insects appear to cause infection with a divide-and-conquer strategy, multiplying separate segments of genetic material in different host cells.
Rapidly Flashing Lights and Sounds Reduces Alzheimer’s in Mice
Rapidly Flashing Lights and Sounds Reduces Alzheimer’s in Mice
Jef Akst | Mar 15, 2019
Exposing mice to an hour of 40-hertz stimuli every day for a week reduced levels of amyloid-β plaques and tau protein, and improved cognition.
Gene Variant Linked to Lower Levels of Hormonal Birth Control
Gene Variant Linked to Lower Levels of Hormonal Birth Control
Shawna Williams | Mar 14, 2019
Such differences may help explain accidental pregnancies among women on the pill, researchers say.
Chemogenetics Method Uses Anti-Smoking Drug to Control Cells
Chemogenetics Method Uses Anti-Smoking Drug to Control Cells
Ruth Williams | Mar 14, 2019
A new set of engineered receptors responds to an FDA-approved drug to provide the most potent chemogenetic toolkit to date.
Image of the Day: Taken to Heart
Image of the Day: Taken to Heart
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 14, 2019
By zooming in on a developing mouse heart, scientists are studying whether defects in vasculature contribute to a thin muscle wall.
Scientists Push for a Moratorium on Human Germline Editing
Scientists Push for a Moratorium on Human Germline Editing
Ashley Yeager | Mar 13, 2019
After the reported birth of CRISPRed babies in China, experts want to take time to consider the scientific, social, ethical, and philosophical consequences of editing heritable human DNA.