A new cancer therapy utilizes donated immune cells, offering promising results.
A Chinese team has become the first to use the revolutionary CRISPR/Cas9 technique to modify human cells, which might launch a race between research teams in China and the US.
Scientists are attempting to bring back the aurochs, a 7-foot ancestor of modern-day cattle.
[DIGEST: The New York Times, LiveScience, The Verge] For decades, scientists have worked to unravel the mystery of modern humans’ journey out of Africa. Three recent studies point to a possible answer: a single great migration out of the African continent. The three studies looked at a combined 800 sequenced genomes from people around the … Continued
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
Genome study reveals ‘genetic superheroes’ who somehow escaped deadly diseases encoded in their DNA.
Last month, scientists announced that they had created the simplest ever living, reproducing organism, a single cell with only 473 genes. While they remain unsure about the purpose of nearly a third of its genes, this cell could eventually lead to major industrial innovations.
Research finds 19 new non-human DNA fragments in human genomes, as well as a fully intact ancient virus.
[DIGEST: The Guardian, Science, The Atlantic, Eureka Alert] Personalized gene therapy to fight cancer? The potential is there, and it’s game-changing. Malignant tumors are notoriously hard to fight. Cancerous cells mutate, distinguishing them from normal, healthy cells. The mutations change molecules called neoantigens, which create a sort of red flag that tells the immune system … Continued
The zebra-like quagga went extinct over 100 years ago. Now scientists are bringing it back.