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Genomics

Vaccine-Refusing Community Drove Outbreak That Cost $395K, Sickened Babies

(ARS TECHNICA) 30 July 2018 by Beth Mole – A 2013 measles outbreak rooted in a vaccine-refusing community in Brooklyn, New York cost the city’s health department an estimated $394,448,

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People Adapted to the Cold and Got More Migraines as a Result

(NEW SCIENTIST) – 3 MAY 2018 – By Jessica Hamzelou – Some people have adapted to live in cold polar climates, but at a price. The same gene variant that helps us

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Human-Pig Hybrid Created in the Lab – Here Are the Facts

(NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC) – Scientists hope the chimera embryos represent key steps toward life-saving lab-grown organs. By Erin Blakemore In a remarkable—if likely controversial—feat, scientists announced today that they have created

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Do We Need an International Body to Regulate Genetic Engineering?

(GIZMODO) – Imagine a scenario, perhaps a few years from now, in which Canada decides to release thousands of mosquitoes genetically modified to fight the spread of a devastating mosquito-borne

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Caesarean Births Affecting Human Evolution

(BBC) – The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists. More mothers now need surgery to deliver a baby due to their narrow

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First Baby Born with DNA from Three Parents

(RTÉ News) – The first baby with DNA from three parents has been born in Mexico, it has emerged. The now five-month-old boy was conceived using a technique which involves

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Startup Uses Science To Make Cow’s Milk Without The Cows

(HUFF POST) – One Silicon Valley startup is making it just that little bit easier to lead a vegan or lactose-free lifestyle. California-based entrepreneurs Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi are

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France Plans $745M Investment to Build 235,000-Genome-A-Year Sequencing Operation

(FIERCE BIOTECH) – France has joined the growing list of countries with aspirations to establish population-scale genome sequencing operations. The plan is to invest approximately $745 million to build a

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Facebook, Napster Billionaire Parker to Fund First-Ever CRISPR Trial

(FIERCE BIOTECH) – In all the talk of “disruption” and “hacking cancer,” you’d be forgiven for not taking internet billionaire Sean Parker seriously in the life sciences world. But he

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Scientists Have Created Monkeys With Parkinson’s Disease

(GIZMODO) – Six months after researchers in China bioengineered monkeys to have autism, a Japanese team of scientists has used the same technology to create monkeys with Parkinson’s. It’s a

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