For the First Time, Scientists Fully Sequenced the Human X Chromosome

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The sequencing of the human genome was one of the greatest scientific feats of the past century, but it’s a little-known fact that it’s still a work in progress with considerable gaps. New research suggests we could be just months away from finally finishing the job.


A Newly-Discovered Tiny CRISPR Protein Packs a Giant Punch For Human Gene Editing

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The CRISPR family just grew bigger. The newcomer? A tiny DNA-chomping Cas protein, tucked away inside giant viruses.

That’s the recent finding from Dr. Jennifer Doudna’s lab, one of the original discoverers of CRISPR, at the University of California, Berkeley.


A Renaissance of Genomics and Drugs Is Extending Human Longevity

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The causes of aging are extremely complex and unclear. But with longevity clinical trials increasing, more answers - and questions - are emerging than ever before.

With the dramatic demonetization of genome reading and editing over the past decade, and Big Pharma, startups, and the FDA starting to face aging as a disease, we are starting to turn those answers into practical ways to extend our healthspan.


5 Reasons Why Biodiversity Matters - to Human Health, the Economy and Your Wellbeing

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Biodiversity is critically important – to your health, to your safety and, probably, to your business or livelihood.


Attention and Focus are the Raw Materials of Human Creativity and Flourishing

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It’s 9 a.m.: You walk into the office, sit down, fire up your computer and attempt to start your workday. Ping! Everyone is talking about Trump’s latest tweet. Ping! There it goes again - a family member just texted you.


This Strange Rule Is What Makes the Human Brain So Powerful

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Run a supercomputer every second of every day, and eventually its storage will fill up, its speed decrease, and its components burn out.


More CRISPR Gene-edited Human Babies Could Be On the Way

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A Russian molecular biologist plans to edit human embryos using the incredibly powerful gene-editing tool known as CRISPR in a similar fashion to Chinese researcher He Jiankui, according to a report by Nature.


Extending Human Longevity With Regenerative Medicine

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Lizards can regrow entire limbs. Flatworms, starfish, and sea cucumbers regrow entire bodies. Sharks constantly replace lost teeth, often growing over 20,000 teeth throughout their lifetimes. How can we translate these near-superpowers to humans?

The answer: through the cutting-edge innovations of regenerative medicine.


We Sequenced the Human Genome 15 Years Ago. Now We Can 3D Map It

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THE NEXT STEP. In 2003, researchers sequenced the human genome for the first time, writing out all 3 billion of the DNA base pairs that dictate every aspect of our makeup. Now, a new team of researchers has figured out a way to create a 3D image of this valuable roadmap to human biology.


Human Intelligence is the Most Precious Resource on Earth

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Recently, I have had numerous conversations with people about neural interfaces. They have a number of different names, such as brain-computer interfaces, neuroprosthetics, BCIs, BMIs, etc. People are excited about the possibility of restoring function to stroke and motor impaired patients by using emerging technologies that can tap into the mind. I often push the conversation to see how far that excitement will go. Specifically, nobody has a problem with recovering capabilities that have been lost due to some type of injury.