Mar 24, 2016

BRAIN LINK TO AUTISM

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

ANCIENT TRADE ROUTE EXPLORED

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

Mar 22, 2016

WHAT DOES A PARROT KNOW ABOUT PTSD?

An unexpected bond between damaged birds and traumatized
veterans could reveal surprising insights into animal intelligence.
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