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This flu season has been nasty in large part because the vaccine didn’t work as well as past versions. So scientists like Professor George Lomonossoff of the John Innes Centre are on the hunt for new ways to make better vaccines and think they might have found one -- by growing them in plants.

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Genetics
Gene Editing Corrects Deafness-Causing Mutation in Mice
Gene Editing
Genetics
Gene Editing Corrects Deafness-Causing Mutation in Mice
Using a promising new technique for gene editing — base editing — researchers corrected a deafness-causing genetic mutation in mice.

Using a promising new technique for gene editing — base editing — researchers corrected a deafness-causing genetic mutation in mice.

Future of Medicine
A Nonthermal Plasma Field Can Eliminate 99.9% of Airborne Viruses
A Nonthermal Plasma Field Can Eliminate 99.9% of Airborne Viruses
Future of Medicine
A Nonthermal Plasma Field Can Eliminate 99.9% of Airborne Viruses
Airborne viruses can be tough to stop. A team at Michigan has developed a device that may stop them cold.

Airborne viruses can be tough to stop. A team at Michigan has developed a device that may stop them cold.

Clean Energy
Open-Sourcing the Blueprints for a Nuclear Power Plant
nuclear power plant
Clean Energy
Open-Sourcing the Blueprints for a Nuclear Power Plant
The Energy Impact Center has open-sourced nuclear power plant blueprints in an attempt to encourage the adoption of eco-friendly nuclear energy.

The Energy Impact Center has open-sourced nuclear power plant blueprints in an attempt to encourage the adoption of eco-friendly nuclear energy.

Dope Science
Cannabis as a Natural Treatment for Autism
Natural Treatment for Autism
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Dope Science
Cannabis as a Natural Treatment for Autism
When typical medications simply aren’t doing enough to manage their children’s symptoms, mothers like Jenni Mai are turning to medical marijuana. But with current regulations, parents are having to become pharmacists for their own families, and some are even moving across the country so they can legally access cannabis.
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When typical medications simply aren’t doing enough to manage their children’s symptoms, mothers like Jenni Mai are turning to medical marijuana. But with current regulations, parents are having to become pharmacists for their own families, and some are even moving across the country so they can legally access cannabis.

Ancient Origins
Meet the Artist Who Paints With DNA Clues
Meet the Artist Who Paints With DNA Clues
Ancient Origins
Meet the Artist Who Paints With DNA Clues
When Maayan Harel paints a portrait, her subject isn't sitting in front of her. She doesn't even have a photograph...

When Maayan Harel paints a portrait, her subject isn't sitting in front of her. She doesn't even have a photograph to work from. Instead, she looks at clues from ancient human DNA. Last month, scientists from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem made headlines when they revealed Harel's portrait of a Denisovan, an extinct group of archaic humans that may have lived with Neanderthals. The first Denisovan remains were...

Science
Scientists Grew a Mini Brain in a Lab. It Has Human-Like Brain Waves.
Scientists Grew a Mini Brain in a Lab. It Has Human-Like Brain Waves.
Science
Scientists Grew a Mini Brain in a Lab. It Has Human-Like Brain Waves.
For the first time, a lab-grown mini brain has brain waves. Researchers can now launch new ways to study brain disorders. But the question of consciousness in the brain-like organoid could raise concern.

For the first time, a lab-grown mini brain has brain waves. Researchers can now launch new ways to study brain disorders. But the question of consciousness in the brain-like organoid could raise concern.

Superhuman
Stem Cells Give Paralyzed Man Movement
Stem Cells Give Paralyzed Man Movement
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Superhuman
Stem Cells Give Paralyzed Man Movement
Could an injection of embryonic stem cells into the spinal cord reverse paralysis?
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After a devastating car accident, Lucas Lindner was left almost completely paralyzed. But an injection of embryonic stem cells in his spinal cord has given him back almost complete function of his arms and hands.

This Week In Ideas: An Artificial Pancreas, Google's New Translation Tech, and a...
This Week In Ideas: An Artificial Pancreas, Google's New Translation Tech, and a Massive Mars Rocket
This Week In Ideas: An Artificial Pancreas, Google's New Translation Tech, and a...
An incredible medical breakthrough, Google ups the ante, and the SpaceX Mars rocket. These are our favorite stories...
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An incredible medical breakthrough, Google ups the ante, and the SpaceX Mars rocket. These are our favorite stories of the week.

Conor Russomanno on Exploring Our Limits
Conor Russomanno on Exploring Our Limits
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Conor Russomanno on Exploring Our Limits
Could linking our brains to computers allow the mind to control the world outside of our bodies?
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Conor Russomanno’s interest in his own brain started with a bump on his head. A concussion he sustained during a game of rugby altered his perception of the world for months afterward. And that change got him thinking about the relationship between his physical brain and the way he thinks. To help him better understand himself--and to help other people understand themselves--he partnered with Joel Murphy to start...