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A dating app that matches users based on their DNA isn't a totally bad idea | OneZero | Dec. 12, 2019 

George Church's app sounds like eugenics, but it's based on tech that's already available.

Scientists dodge FDA to offer a $1 million anti-aging treatment in South America | OneZero | Dec. 5, 2019

The unproven gene therapy aims to lengthen a person's telomeres. 

A blind man sees his birthday candles again, thanks to a bionic eye | OneZero | Nov. 18, 2019

A brain implant helped restore his sight after a tragic car crash.

Surgeons transplanted living pig tissue onto humans for the first time | OneZero | Nov. 11, 2019 
Genetically engineered pigs could be the solution to the world's transplant shortage.

Ambrosia, the young blood transfusion startup, is quietly back in business | OneZero | Nov. 8, 2019 (exclusive)

The company says it paused operations after an FDA notice, but customer demand remained high.

The Defense Department plans to build radiation-proof CRISPR soldiers | OneZero | Sept. 27, 2019

A DARPA project plans to temporarily alter human genes to shield people from deadly radiation exposure.

Despite calls for a moratorium, more 'three-parent' babies expected soon | OneZero | Sept. 16, 2019

Clinics in Europe say they will continue to offer a controversial IVF procedure.

CRISPR could be the future of disease diagnosisOneZero | July 25, 2019

The tool is best known for editing genes but is being used to develop portable, at-home tests for infectious diseases and cancer. 

Elon Musk wants to read your brain OneZero | July 17, 2019

The tech entrepreneur’s startup Neuralink wants to implant a brain-computer interface in people as soon as 2020.

Everything you need to know about blood tests during pregnancy | New York Times | May 14, 2019

All prenatal blood testing is optional, though some tests are more highly recommended than others. 

Gene editing fixes cystic fibrosis gene in mice before birth | Nature Medicine | May 8, 2019

Administration of nanoparticles in utero repaired the mutated CFTR gene. 

U.S. researcher says he’s ready to start four pregnancies with ‘three-parent’ embryos | STAT | April 18, 2019

The team used a technique called mitochondrial replacement therapy to make embryos for four women.

 

Patient advocates and scientists launch push to lift ban on ‘three-parent IVF’ | STAT | April 16, 2019

Supports of the technique say it could help women who are carriers of serious genetic diseases have healthy biological children. 

Dissecting brains to find the biological answers to the mysteries of mental disorders | The Washington Post | April 9, 2019 (print)
With freezers full of 3,000 brains, the Lieber Institute is trying to understand schizophrenia, PTSD, and depression.

IVF often doesn’t work. Could an algorithm help? | The Wall Street Journal | April 4, 2019
Researchers and startups are studying whether artificial intelligence can do a better job of choosing embryos that lead to pregnancy.

Custom VR experiences are helping kids cope with pain | OneZero | March 27, 2019
Hospitals are leaning on the distracting power of immersive technology.

 

First baby monkey born using sperm from frozen, immature testicles | Scientific American | March 21, 2019
Researchers hope that the procedure could be used to restore fertility to human boys undergoing cancer treatment.

 

A global call to ban the creation of gene-edited babies | OneZero | March 13, 2019
Stung by a rogue scientist’s actions, experts want a moratorium on using CRISPR for germline editing.

We’re already designing babies | OneZero | Feb. 27, 2019
Expanded genetic testing of embryos represents a new era of family planning. But how far should the technology go?

 

Bad actors getting your health data is the FBI’s latest worry | Leaps Mag | Feb. 25, 2019
The vast amounts of healthcare data being generated for precision medicine could leave the U.S. vulnerable to biological attacks.

Pregnancy reported in the first known trial of 'three-person IVF' for infertility | STAT | Jan. 24, 2019
The controversial procedure, which uses DNA from three people, is effectively banned in the U.S.

 

The bacteria in your gut may reveal your true age | Science | Jan. 11, 2019
Scientists say the microbiome is a surprisingly accurate biological clock.

 

‘Nanoscavengers’ could protect people from sarin gas, other nerve agents | Science | Jan. 2, 2019
Enzyme-filled plastic particles degrades deadly compounds from the body. 

 

Should you send your kid's DNA to 23andMe? | The Washington Post | Dec. 19, 2018
Consumer genetic testing companies are now marketing DNA tests to children. But experts say parents should think carefully before sending their child's spit through the mail.

 

Can manufacturers keep up with growing demand for gene therapies? | STAT | Nov. 5, 2018
Thousands of sickle cell and hemophilia patients are waiting for gene therapies.

New spinal cord therapy helps paralyzed people walk again | National Geographic | Oct. 31, 2018
Three men regained leg movements after using a new type of treatment, the latest in a suite of results involving electrical stimulation.

The next brain implant is a real live wire | Neo.Life | Oct. 25, 2018
"Living" electrodes promise safer, better ways to fix injuries and disease and grow new links between man and machine.

 

Drowning in the fountain of youth | Medium | Sept. 24, 2018
The fight over a promising longevity supplement keeps getting worse.

 

A tiny human esophagus was grown in the lab—here's why | National Geographic | Sept. 20, 2018
Miniature versions of the organ that guides food to the stomach could help scientists treat a variety of medical ailments.

 

Who says you need permission to study yourself? | Neo.Life | Sept. 27, 2018
A Swedish student can’t finish her PhD because an ethics committee says she needed their approval first.

 

Bioengineered ovaries can survive in mice. Humans could be next. | Neo.Life | Sept. 20, 2018
This tech could boost fertility and fine-tune hormone levels.

 

The first AI approved to diagnose disease is tackling blindness in rural areas | Quartz | Sept. 6, 2018
Can AI deliver on its promise to close the gap on health disparities?

6 extra years of fertility | Neo.Life | July 19, 2018
Freezing ovarian tissue is classified as experimental. Maybe it shouldn’t be.