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28Nov

Biology Textbooks Wrong? New Research Reveals the Secret Behind a Key Cellular Process

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For the first time, researchers describe how Rho protein really stops gene expression.

New research has identified and described a cellular process that, despite what textbooks say, has remained elusive to scientists until now — precisely how the copying of genetic material that, once started, is properly turned off.

12Mar

As We Democratize Biology, We Must Avoid Biologizing Democracy

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Technology is rapidly being demonetized and democratized, and that includes biotechnology. Almost anyone can now access and apply powerful biotech tools like genetic testing for a broad range of purposes.

18Feb

Why Designing Our Own Biology Will Be the Next Big Thing in Medicine

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It’s hard to watch a loved one get sick. Their eyes go glassy. Their breathing is punctuated by body-wracking coughs. Feverish and aching, they struggle to get out of bed.

Hard as these symptoms are to witness, they’re so familiar you don’t need a medical degree to know it’s probably a bad cold and maybe the flu. Get some rest, hydrate, pop some ibuprofen, see a doctor if the symptoms significantly worsen - and wash your hands, for heaven’s sake.

22Jan

The Power to Upgrade Our Own Biology Is in Sight. Is Society Ready for Human Enhancement?

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Upgrading our biology may sound like science fiction, but attempts to improve humanity actually date back thousands of years. Every day, we enhance ourselves through seemingly mundane activities such as exercising, meditating, or consuming performance-enhancing drugs, such as caffeine or adderall. However, the tools with which we upgrade our biology are improving at an accelerating rate and becoming increasingly invasive.