World-first pig kidney transplant recipient has died

The first successful transplant of a genetically modified pig kidney into a human recipient is still being regarded as a medical milestone and success, even though the recipient has sadly passed away.Continue ReadingCategory: Medical, ScienceTags: Tran… Continue reading World-first pig kidney transplant recipient has died

AI-designed gene editing tools successfully modify human DNA

Medically, AI is helping us with everything from identifying abnormal heart rhythms before they happen to spotting skin cancer. But do we really need it to get involved with our genome? Protein-design company Profluent believes we do.Continue ReadingCa… Continue reading AI-designed gene editing tools successfully modify human DNA

Self-dying bacterial black leather paves the way for greener textiles

Bacteria-produced leather is already an eco-friendly alternative to its cow-derived counterpart, but it could soon be even eco-friendlier. Scientists have derived a method of getting the microbes to color the stuff themselves, eliminating the need for … Continue reading Self-dying bacterial black leather paves the way for greener textiles

Beethoven’s DNA reveals he just wasn’t that musical

Analysis of Beethoven’s DNA has revealed that he had a low genetic predisposition for beat synchronization, an ability that’s closely related to musicality. This is according to researchers who set out to show how making genetic predictions for individ… Continue reading Beethoven’s DNA reveals he just wasn’t that musical

Resurrecting the mammoth: Elephant breakthrough gets us a step closer

We’re a step closer to seeing a live woolly mammoth walking the Earth for the first time in 4,000 years. Colossal Biosciences, a company dedicated to the controversial-but-unquestionably-cool goal of resurrecting extinct species, has now announced a ma… Continue reading Resurrecting the mammoth: Elephant breakthrough gets us a step closer

Algae-gene-boosted crop plants grow better by using more light

Thanks to a recent discovery regarding marine algae, scientists have developed crop plants that absorb a fuller spectrum of sunlight, resulting in better growth. The finding could also lead to increased production of biofuels.Continue ReadingCategory: … Continue reading Algae-gene-boosted crop plants grow better by using more light

Potato chip breakthrough crunches cancer risk for healthier snack

In what many of us would consider a true public service to one of the world’s best food groups, scientists have flicked the switch on a mechanism that causes cold-stored potatoes to produce the carcinogen acrylamide. Growing these genetically tinkered … Continue reading Potato chip breakthrough crunches cancer risk for healthier snack

USDA approves stunning bioluminescent “firefly petunias” for sale

The USDA has approved Light Bio’s “Firefly Petunias,” and the company is taking US$29 pre-orders on these remarkable gene-edited houseplants. They glow in the dark, making them a captivating home decor addition for science buffs.Continue ReadingCategor… Continue reading USDA approves stunning bioluminescent “firefly petunias” for sale

Engineered skin bacteria fight acne by producing common drug

Far from just embarrassing adolescents, acne is an annoying part of pretty much everyone’s lives, and in some cases can get serious. Now, scientists have demonstrated an intriguing new way to fight it, by engineering bacteria that live on the skin to p… Continue reading Engineered skin bacteria fight acne by producing common drug

Cloned monkey ReTro reaches insanely rare milestone of second birthday

Scientists have tweaked traditional cloning of mammals that has resulted in a healthy rhesus monkey who has now passed his second birthday. It’s the first successful cloning of the species, and a big deal for researchers given that primates having prov… Continue reading Cloned monkey ReTro reaches insanely rare milestone of second birthday