February 2016: Watch video on Ted.com. Secrets, disease and beauty are all written in the human genome, the complete set of genetic instructions needed to build a human being. Now, as scientist and entrepreneur Riccardo Sabatini shows us, we have the power to read this complex code, predicting things like height, eye color, age and […]
June 2, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. A group of scientists have proposed a research plan to fabricate the human genome, but their proposal does not tackle any of the looming ethical difficulties of such an endeavor. However, one of the main authors of the proposal has made his viewpoint clear in a […]
April 8, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Scientists in China recently completed an unsuccessful experiment aimed at modifying human embryos to resist HIV. Modifying embryos has been a hot topic of debate among scientists worldwide, with some saying modification is dangerous and wrong and others saying the risks are worth the possibility of preventing […]
April 21, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. As scientists across the globe endeavor to artificially increase the human lifespan, studies have yet to reveal a specific gene which leads to longevity.
February 3, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have successfully increased the lifespan of mice by removing “senescent” cells. This technology could one day be used on humans to treat diseases including glaucoma, arthritis, and heart disease and potentially extend human life.
February 17, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Humans have driven species to extinction through our hunger, our ignorance, our desire for economic growth, and our indifference. Will one species of mosquito be the first we eliminate for humanitarian reasons?
February 8, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Fear of the Zika virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes and could be linked to severe birth defects, could generate support for gene drives, a radical technology able to make species go extinct. However, scientists have engaged in significant debate over this technology, as its long-term […]
February 4, 2016: Read article in Wired. Crispr, a powerful gene-editing technique, is still a long way from snipping disease-causing mutations from the cells of humans. Right now, it’s most successful as a experimental tool, editing the genomes of yeast cells and a worm here and there. But that’s not stopping a number of biotech companies […]
February 1, 2016: Read article on BBC News. UK scientists have been given the go-ahead by the fertility regulator to genetically modify human embryos. It is the first time a country has considered the DNA-altering technique in embryos and approved it. The research will take place at the Francis Crick Institute in London and aims to provide a […]
January 27, 2016: Read article in MIT Technology Review. Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte, a prominent stem-cell biologist, is engaged in efforts to grow human tissue inside of farm animals such as pigs, sheep, and cows. This type of research is sensitive because scientists have to inject human stem cells into early-stage animal embryos, then try to […]