Category: Biology

Ebola Returns, and Central Africa’s Virus Hunters Are Ready

Ebola Returns, and Central Africa’s Virus Hunters Are Ready

A catastrophic Ebola epidemic killed more than 11,300 people in West Africa between 2013 and 2016; so far this new outbreak looks small and containable. It’s also a chance for the world’s disease response...

Harvard’s George Church: CRISPR could give us pig-to-human organ transplants within 2 years

Harvard’s George Church: CRISPR could give us pig-to-human organ transplants within 2 years

In a bold scientific step that helps open the door to organ transplants from animals, researchers at Harvard and a private company have created gene-edited piglets cleansed of viruses that might cause disease in...

Tired all the time? Searching for a genetic link to chronic fatigue syndrome

Tired all the time? Searching for a genetic link to chronic fatigue syndrome

Yawning can be highly contagious. And we are all familiar with that post-lunch energy letdown that comes after eating a big meal. Clinically speaking, some believe it’s a central nervous system disorder, while others believe it’s metabolic, many...

Rare genetic diseases can arise from unsuspecting carriers

Rare genetic diseases can arise from unsuspecting carriers

When two people with a rare form of deafness mate, the genetic combination can yield an unusual syndrome in which the child has fragile bones, deafness, blindness and albinism. The disorder is an example of a rare disease passed on...

Genetically engineered humans will arrive sooner than you think. And we’re not ready.

Genetically engineered humans will arrive sooner than you think. And we’re not ready.

Bioengineering has already allowed human beings to take control of their own evolution. Whether it’s emergent cloning technologies or advanced gene therapy, we’re quickly approaching a world in which humans can — and will...

“Avoiding Andromeda Strain” –NASA Identifies 25 Gaps in Our Knowledge to Guard Earth Against Alien Life & Biological Contamination”

“Avoiding Andromeda Strain” –NASA Identifies 25 Gaps in Our Knowledge to Guard Earth Against Alien Life & Biological Contamination”

One of the greatest fears of the world’s space is a real-life Andromeda Strain, the chilling movie about a US research satellite carrying a deadly extraterrestrial microscopic organism that crashes into a small town in...

Wild Dolphins Are Sicker Than Captive Ones, Study Finds

Wild Dolphins Are Sicker Than Captive Ones, Study Finds

Wild dolphins are exposed to more pollutants than their captive counterparts, which could explain why they face higher rates of illness and disease.  They were compared to two populations of captive dolphins in Georgia and...

Listerine for Gonorrhea? It’s Not Just for Gums Anymore…

Listerine for Gonorrhea? It’s Not Just for Gums Anymore…

The bacteria that cause gonorrhea can be found in a person’s throat, but stopping the growth of these germs may be as simple as gargling with mouthwash, a small new study from Australia finds....

Why Looking for Aliens Is Good for Society (Even If There Aren’t Any)

Why Looking for Aliens Is Good for Society (Even If There Aren’t Any)

The search for life elsewhere in the universe is one of the most compelling aspects of modern science. Given its scientific importance, significant resources are devoted to this young science of astrobiology, ranging from rovers...