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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, in hopes that a U.S. ban on its use will be lifted.


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 certain women who are carriers of serious genetic diseases have healthy, biologically related 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 tries to figure out — and maybe cure — schizophrenia, PTSD, depression and other such illnesses.

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 efforts could leave the U.S. vulnerable to cyber and 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
No more metal: 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.