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"
“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"