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Science Jun 09‘Jumping genes’ could help CRISPR replace disease-causing DNA, study finds
Researchers describe combining a "jumping gene" with CRISPR enzymes to deliver a a package of DNA to precise addresses in the E. coli genome.
Science May 18Pentagon study finds promise in brain training program for veterans with cognitive issues
A Pentagon-funded study has found that a specific form of computer-based brain training can improve cognitive performance in vets who suffered persistent mental deficits after a mild traumatic brain injury.
Science Apr 18Scientists restore some vitality in dead pig brains — but without consciousness?
The pigs were dead. But four hours later, scientists restored some cellular functions in their brains.
Health Jul 18CRISPR causes significantly greater DNA damage than previously thought, study finds
The DNA damage found in the new study included deletions of thousands of DNA bases, including at spots far from the edit. Some of the deletions can silence genes that should be active and activate genes that should be silent,…
Health Jun 16Controversial NIH study of ‘moderate drinking’ will be terminated after scathing report
The National Institutes of Health will shut down a controversial industry-funded study of moderate drinking and heart disease after a task force found severe ethical and scientific lapses in the study’s planning and execution, the agency’s director said Friday.
Science Jan 20Too good to be true? Experts clash on whether hitting the gym helps the brain
There is a deep ideological schism between equally respected experts about what constitutes proof that exercise can benefit patients with mild cognitive impairment.
Health Jan 02Too many cancer screens skew how we understand risk factors, study says
Widespread screening for "scrutiny-dependent" cancers — those for which the harder you look the more you find, and the more of what you find is harmless — causes another problem, two leading cancer experts argue in a paper published on…
Science Dec 303 brain technologies to watch in 2018
Some tiny technologies could lead to some big advances in neuroscience in 2018. Here's what we'll be paying attention to.
Health Jun 22Prodigy’s death shines light on slow progress against sickle cell disease
The death of the rap artist Prodigy (Albert Johnson) at only 42 this week, after a lifetime of suffering from sickle cell disease, was a reminder of the devastating cost of the sometimes fatal genetic disorder — and of the…
Health Apr 09Before you send your spit to 23andMe, what you need to know
The genetic testing company 23andMe received approval this week from regulators to sell genetic reports on an individual’s risk for 10 diseases, most prominently Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.