Jennifer Doudna was staring at a computer screen filled with a string of As, Cs, Ts, and Gs—the letters that make up human DNA—and witnessing a debilitating genetic disease being cured right before her eyes.
Government representatives are gathering in Glasgow, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to discuss strategies on how to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Check out this article to learn more about the options they'll be discussing.
called APOE4 raises a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease. However, the APOE4 variant has positive cognitive impacts: It may not only boost short-term memory, but also protect against subtle memory loss early in the course of Alzheimer’s disease.
Scientists around the globe are urging caution regarding tree projects, as the projects must address a range of scientific, political, social, and economic concerns. An effective conservation and restoration plan must encompass the diversity of the Earth's ecosystems, as well as the people who use them.
Earlier generations of neuroprostheses have relied on communications from the brain to the limb or hand muscles to activate letters on a keyboard. Now, researchers have decoded the origin of brain signals controlling speech and created the new neuroprosthesis that facilitates the production of whole words, yielding a faster word-per-minute rate.
Small crustaceans called tongue biters drain the blood from the tongues of fish, with the fish's mouth becoming its new home. This strange phenomenon pushes the possibilities of what parasitism can be, and what it means for a creature to fully enmesh itself into the body of its host.
According to new modeling, 1,100 tons of microplastic – particles smaller than 5 millimeters – is currently floating above the western US. Slowly, researchers are developing a clearer picture of how these particles are cycling all over the planet.
Despite being the most abundant white cells in the blood, neutrophils have a history of being considered inessential – noted more for their propensity to die than for the roles they play in keeping us alive. However, neutrophils harbor one of the immune system's most unique armaments - weaponizing its own DNA.