Researchers have grown the first mouse embryos outside a living womb. Published in Nature, the study sheds light on how mammal embryos can develop inside an artificial uterus and how genetic and environmental factors may play a part in its development.
Scientists all over the world are rapidly sequencing coronavirus genomes in a massive genomic surveillance effort. It's the first time in history that researchers can detect novel mutations and track potentially dangerous variants in real time, influencing public policy and the global pandemic response.
Walter Isaacson, the bestselling author of Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs, returns to tell the story of Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna and the scientific revolution she and her colleagues launched by developing CRISPR genome editing technology in The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, CRISPR, and the Future of the Human Race.
Recent news of novel COVID-19 variants by researchers and media may be spreading unnecessary alarm about the viral mutations. To counter these premature reports, we need to determine exactly which strains might actually be cause for concern.
A key method for removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, reforestation is increasingly touted in plans to tackle climate change. But a study finds that tree nurseries in the U.S. will need to rapidly accelerate their production of seedlings to more than double the current rate in order to meet target climate goals.
CRISPR has transformed the possibilities for curing diseases caused by one or several genetic mutations. Clinical trials for therapies that utilize the genome editing technology are already underway for debilitating conditions such as sickle-cell anaemia, delivering treatments in disease areas where none currently exist.
Messenger RNA technology powered the development of several early coronavirus vaccines. Scientists now look to apply the breakthrough mRNA technology to tackling viral diseases without successful vaccines including HIV, herpes, and malaria.
The benefits of deep learning models could soon extend beyond disease detection. A new study in Nature Medicine looks at training medical algorithms on patient outcomes rather than clinical expertise, offering a method for combatting discrimination in healthcare.
Innovative Genomics Institute founder and University of California, Berkeley, biochemist Jennifer Doudna today won the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with collaborator Emmanuelle Charpentier for their co-development of CRISPR-Cas9, a genome editing breakthrough that allows scientists to rewrite DNA, the code of life.
Research indicates that seaweed could be a powerful tool in reducing greenhouse gases emitted by livestock. Adding a small amount of a particular species of seaweed called asparagopsis to a cow's diet can decrease the amount of methane produced by 98 percent.