DIGEST: [Gizmodo, Nature News] Tardigrades, or water bears, are tough little creatures. They’re only half a millimeter long fully-grown, but they can live through almost anything: temperatures as low as -458 degrees Fahrenheit or as high as 300 degrees, pressures six times greater than those in the deepest ocean trenches, extraordinary amounts of radiation, even … Continued
Chimeric embryos that contain both human and animal genes offer the possibility of life-saving organs, but also raise many ethical questions.
Scientists held a closed meeting in May to discuss the creation of a synthetic human genome, which could lead to breakthroughs in medical treatment, but has raised concerns about the possibility of designer babies.
Genome study reveals ‘genetic superheroes’ who somehow escaped deadly diseases encoded in their DNA.
Research finds 19 new non-human DNA fragments in human genomes, as well as a fully intact ancient virus.
A technique that allows DNA to be modified and manipulated may hold the key to preventing and even eradicating diseases, but raises major ethical questions.
The zebra-like quagga went extinct over 100 years ago. Now scientists are bringing it back.
[DIGEST: New York Times, Washington Post, Hopkins Medicine] We like to think that disease is simple. Medical researchers and molecular biologists know better, of course, but that rarely filters out into our broader cultural imagination. The popular press is filled with stories about toxins or disease-causing genes because we want simple answers to complicated questions. … Continued