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Genetics
Supercentenarians’ DNA Reveals Clues to Human Longevity
human longevity
Genetics
Supercentenarians’ DNA Reveals Clues to Human Longevity
A human longevity study involving people over the age of 105 has found that genetic variants linked to DNA repair appear to contribute to a longer life.
May 14, 2021

A human longevity study involving people over the age of 105 has found that genetic variants linked to DNA repair appear to contribute to a longer life.

Biology
“Octopus Vision” May Help Prevent Human Blindness
macular degeneration risk
Biology
“Octopus Vision” May Help Prevent Human Blindness
A new medical device that gives optometrists a fast, easy way to monitor a key macular degeneration risk factor was inspired by octopus vision.
May 12, 2021

A new medical device that gives optometrists a fast, easy way to monitor a key macular degeneration risk factor was inspired by octopus vision.

Biology
New Blood Test Could Predict the Onset of Labor
blood test for onset of labor
Biology
New Blood Test Could Predict the Onset of Labor
Stanford University researchers have identified blood-based biomarkers that can be used to predict the onset of labor in pregnant women.
May 11, 2021

Stanford University researchers have identified blood-based biomarkers that can be used to predict the onset of labor in pregnant women.

Biology
Customized Stem Cells Could Show Us How Dementia Happens
induced pluripotent stem cells
Biology
Customized Stem Cells Could Show Us How Dementia Happens
By turning human cells into induced pluripotent stem cells, researchers hope to finally map the genetic path to Alzheimer’s disease.
May 4, 2021

By turning human cells into induced pluripotent stem cells, researchers hope to finally map the genetic path to Alzheimer’s disease.

Biology
Scientists May Have Figured Out How to Fight Prion Disease
prion protein
Biology
Scientists May Have Figured Out How to Fight Prion Disease
Researchers believe they have found a spot on a mutated prion protein that can lead to brain-spongifying disease.
April 18, 2021

Researchers believe they have found a spot on a mutated prion protein that can lead to brain-spongifying disease.

Biology
Bacteria Nanomachines Fire Smart Missiles That Could Replace Antibiotics
tailocins
Biology
Bacteria Nanomachines Fire Smart Missiles That Could Replace Antibiotics
Researchers want to use bacteria-made nanomachines called tailocins to help fight enemy bacteria strains in the human body.
April 17, 2021

Researchers want to use bacteria-made nanomachines called tailocins to help fight enemy bacteria strains in the human body.

Inventions
Nobel Prize-Winning Chemist Helps Invent Synthetic Mucus
synthetic mucins
Inventions
Nobel Prize-Winning Chemist Helps Invent Synthetic Mucus
Mucins, the long proteins in mucus, have an array of bacteria-fighting properties. These artificial mucins can act like the real thing.
April 10, 2021

Mucins, the long proteins in mucus, have an array of bacteria-fighting properties. These artificial mucins can act like the real thing.

Living Machines
The Next Generation of Living Machines: Xenobots 2.0
xenobots
Living Machines
The Next Generation of Living Machines: Xenobots 2.0
Made from the stem cells of a frog, “Xenobots” are tiny living machines. And researchers have just debuted version 2.0.
April 4, 2021

Made from the stem cells of a frog, “Xenobots” are tiny living machines. And researchers have just debuted version 2.0.

Art
Stunning “Agar Art” Grows Pictures with Bacteria and Fungi
agar art
Art
Stunning “Agar Art” Grows Pictures with Bacteria and Fungi
Agar art lets scientists tap into their creative sides by growing microbes into beautiful bioart scenes in petri dishes.
March 27, 2021

Agar art lets scientists tap into their creative sides by growing microbes into beautiful bioart scenes in petri dishes.

Plants
Researchers Have Developed a “Plant Communication” Device
plant communication
Plants
Researchers Have Developed a “Plant Communication” Device
Plants emit weak electric signals. Researchers have developed a device to read and send signals back — a type of “plant communication.”
March 20, 2021

Plants emit weak electric signals. Researchers have developed a device to read and send signals back — a type of “plant communication.”

Biology
Researchers Have Grown a Mouse Embryo in a Bottle
mouse embryo
Biology
Researchers Have Grown a Mouse Embryo in a Bottle
Researchers have grown a mouse embryo outside the uterus for longer than ever before, opening up the door to learning more about how mammals grow.
March 19, 2021

Researchers have grown a mouse embryo outside the uterus for longer than ever before, opening up the door to learning more about how mammals grow.

Medical Innovation
Scientists Grow Tear Gland Organoids That Can Actually Cry
Tear Gland Organoids
Medical Innovation
Scientists Grow Tear Gland Organoids That Can Actually Cry
Researchers have grown tear gland organoids that can actually cry, a potential breakthrough in the treatment of dry eye disease.
March 19, 2021

Researchers have grown tear gland organoids that can actually cry, a potential breakthrough in the treatment of dry eye disease.

Medicine
Biologist Infects Himself with Parasites in Pursuit of Hookworm Vaccine
hookworm vaccine
Medicine
Biologist Infects Himself with Parasites in Pursuit of Hookworm Vaccine
A marine biologist intentionally infected himself with parasitic hookworms and documented it in Tweets and pictures that will make your skin crawl.
February 14, 2021

A marine biologist intentionally infected himself with parasitic hookworms and documented it in Tweets and pictures that will make your skin crawl.

Genetics
These Mutant Zebrafish Are Growing Arm Bones
mutant zebrafish
Genetics
These Mutant Zebrafish Are Growing Arm Bones
While studying mutant zebrafish, scientists discovered that a single genetic mutation caused the fish to start developing the beginnings of arms.
February 13, 2021

While studying mutant zebrafish, scientists discovered that a single genetic mutation caused the fish to start developing the beginnings of arms.

Biology
Smart Stem Cells Made From Fat Have the Power to Heal
smart stem cells
Biology
Smart Stem Cells Made From Fat Have the Power to Heal
Researchers have reprogrammed human fat cells into adaptive smart stem cells that can lie dormant and heal various tissues.
February 13, 2021

Researchers have reprogrammed human fat cells into adaptive smart stem cells that can lie dormant and heal various tissues.

Biology
Deep Brain Stimulation Can Treat OCD Without Drugs
deep brain stimulation for ocd
Biology
Deep Brain Stimulation Can Treat OCD Without Drugs
Stimulating the brain with electricity could be a treatment for OCD. Researchers test electrical stimulation to reduce compulsive behavior.
January 24, 2021

Stimulating the brain with electricity could be a treatment for OCD. Researchers test electrical stimulation to reduce compulsive behavior.

Animals
Can Science Save the Northern White Rhino?
northern white rhino
Animals
Can Science Save the Northern White Rhino?
The northern white rhino species is down to just two members, both female. Can science bring it back from the brink of extinction?
January 24, 2021

The northern white rhino species is down to just two members, both female. Can science bring it back from the brink of extinction?

Artificial Intelligence
DeepMind AI Cracks the Code of Protein Structures
protein structures
Artificial Intelligence
DeepMind AI Cracks the Code of Protein Structures
A protein’s structure is crucial to its function. Predicting how a protein will fold was a challenge decades in the making — and answered by DeepMind.
December 1, 2020

A protein’s structure is crucial to its function. Predicting how a protein will fold was a challenge decades in the making — and answered by DeepMind.