Mar 24, 2016


In a discovery that could offer valuable insights into understanding, diagnosing, and even treating autism, Harvard scientists for the first time have linked a specific neurotransmitter in the brain with autistic behavior.

NIH won't follow the U.K.'s lead on human genome editing

Last week, a U.K. regulatory authority announced that it had granted permission to a London research team to edit the genomes of human embryos. The move, by the U.K.'s Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, has led some people to ask whether the U.S. National Institutes of Health might follow suit and start funding gene-editing research on human embryos. The answer is almost certainly no.

Scientists May Have Found the Key to Curing Autism, Cancer and HIV

Gene editing tool CRISPR-Cas9 has made it possible to isolate RNA in living cells for the first time. The cures for some of the world's most perplexing diseases might be closer than we think.

According to a study published in Cell, researchers have determined how to isolate and edit messenger RNA that carries genetic instructions from the cell's nucleus to make new proteins for the first time using gene-editing tool Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats, also known as CRISPR-Cas9.

Mar 23, 2016

Frankincense Trail


Kate Humble follows the ancient 2000 miles Frankincense Trade Route of Arabia
across the modern world of the Middle East.

Mar 22, 2016


An unexpected bond between damaged birds and traumatized
veterans could reveal surprising insights into animal intelligence.
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Parrots Are a Lot More Than ‘Pretty Bird’

Outside of the cage, they speak their own language, make tools,
and wreak havoc on plants and researchers’ efforts alike.
Dr Maesiello: “Their astonishing beauty and intelligence are inspirational.”
Parrot partisans say the birds easily rival the great apes and dolphins in 
all-around braininess and resourcefulness, and may be the only animals 
apart from humans capable of dancing to the beat. Read more at

Mar 16, 2016

C. Diff: Deadly Infection on the Rise in U.S. Hospitals

A life-threatening bacterial infection is gaining ground in America’s hospitals, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And a Consumer Reports analysis finds that even some of the nation’s largest and most prestigious medical institutions are having a hard time getting it under control.
The infection, called C. diff (Clostridium difficile) sickened 101,074 hospital patients in 2014, the most recent data available, according to a March report from the CDC. Other research shows that overall about 450,000 people a year, inside and out of hospitals, are sickened by the infection, and it contributes to the death of about 29,000 people.
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