CAMBRIDGE, MA – Physicists Kip Thorne and Stephen Hawking, along with producer Lynda Obst, are in talks with DreamWorks about their treatment for a new science fiction film. A renowned black hole physicist, Thorne served as the chief scientific consultant for the 2014 film Interstellar. Thorne spoke at an event on the science of Interstellar […]Read more "Physicist Kip Thorne, Science Advisor for Interstellar, Discusses New Film"
This was a big week for big news…literally. Fossils of the largest dinosaur, largest saltwater crocodile, and largest giraffe all made headlines. The World Health Organization announced on January 14 that the Ebola epidemic was “officially over,” only to unfortunately announce a new flare-up less than 24 hours later. In the US, President Barack Obama and […]Read more "The Science Week in Review: January 11-17"
2016 has just begun but it has already been a fantastic week for science news. Researchers have discovered an ancient stomach bug in the remains of Otzi the Iceman, the creators of the popular “brain training” Lumosity were fined $2 million for unsubstantiated claims, and doubts have been cast on the old adage that you are […]Read more "The Science Week in Review: January 1-10"
If you love cheese, you might as well be doing crack. Or at least that’s what you might gather from recent health news vilifying one of America’s favorite fatty foods. MTV news said “Science declares what we all know: Pizza is the most addictive food.” And the LA Times was one of many outlets […]Read more "Opinion: Is Cheese Basically Dairy Crack?"
“Without these mechanisms we would probably not exist and would certainly all die young,” said Mark Downs, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of Biology in regards to the 2015 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded on October 7, 2015 to Tomas Lindahl, Aziz Sancar, and Paul Modrich for their studies on DNA repair. DNA requires faithful […]Read more "Nobel Prize Goes to Work that is Essential for Life"
“Designer babies,” the curated and industrialized meme of what genetic engineering might be continues to captivate the public’s perception of the future of human genetics. But despite all the hype, the technology is nowhere close. Or is it? The advent of CRISPR/Cas9 gene engineering is revolutionizing biologists’ ability to “easily” edit the genomes of many species previously […]Read more "“Designer Babies” are a Distraction from the Real Debate: Prenatal Genetic Screening"
When genetic engineering is mentioned, noble goals of feeding the world with more productive crops or curing terminal illnesses through gene therapy may come to mind. But some Chinese scientists recently embarked upon a less noble, although much cuter application: genetically edited pet micropigs. The Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) in Shenzhen announced that it plans to […]Read more "Pigs are Hogging the GMO Show"
A Conversation with Dr. David Riglar By Ryan L. Cross Inflammatory bowel disease affects over one million Americans and directly costs patients over six billion dollars a year. Current treatments manage the disease with variable success, and diagnosis requires invasive and sometimes inaccurate procedures like colonoscopies. But David Riglar, a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard […]Read more "Engineering Probiotics to Sense and Treat Gut Disease"
“We may not be able to agree on what to do but we can agree that what we’ve got now is the worst possible option.” Dr. Robert Kinscherff’s words hung heavy in the air of an overstuffed room at Harvard Law School on Monday, September 28, 2015 for a panel on the “The Promises and […]Read more "The Troubled Teen: Adolescent Neuroscience in the Courtroom"
It’s fall! And you know what that means…pumpkin spice latte season! (Or just PSL for everyone on social media.) Pumpkin spice is all the rave. And it seems to be getting better (or worse) each year (depending on your point of view). I’ll spare you from the gluttonous lists of pumpkin spice flavored products and just […]Read more "The Real Pumpkin Spice Latte: Cancer-in-a-Cup?"