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21 August 2020
A key set of entrants in the race to develop an effective COVID-19 vaccine use a genetic approach that has shown promising but preliminary results in human safety trials. Genetic vaccines, which have been in developme...
6 March 2020
Seattle, Washington, United States
When virologists and genomicists in Seattle, Washington realized that COVID-19 was likely to spread to the United States, they began to research ways to keep vulnerable poplulations safe. So far, early success has com...
3 October 2019
Illinois, United States
A gene editing practice called CRISPR is transforming a penny-shaped weed known as pennycress into a cover crop. This practice offers farmers a source of revenue in their off season and provides habitats for insects, ...
16 July 2019
Idaho, United States
The use of genetic genealogy technology has given law enforcement the opportunity to compare DNA that people have tested personally through companies like 23andMe to DNA collected at crime scenes. Recently being used ...
25 January 2019
Manchester, Washington, United States
As rising temperatures threaten marine life, the Pacific Hybreed laboratory is working to develop resilient shellfish. Their experimental breeding process attempts to uncover new genes to help a variety of shellfish w...
22 October 2018
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Doctors created a therapy for one young girl's supposedly fatal disease in record time. The patient's parents worked to fund research for the drug using social media and crowd funding. The drug is working, but the res...
19 October 2018
Project Baby Bear is a grant-funded pilot program that uses genome sequencing to to diagnose sick infants. The doctors hope to save lives and save the system money on unnecessary treatments. Since very few sick infant...
26 August 2018
The Cavendish banana is the preferred banana worldwide thanks to its size and being seedless. It's this latter trait, however, that has made it susceptible to disease. Currently under attack by a deadly fungus, one sc...
21 July 2018
McGregor, Texas, United States
American cows are not typically made to withstand the warmer summers occurring across the United States. To combat the negative side effect of a decrease in milk production, farmers are trying solutions such as using ...
29 May 2018
Under 800 Words
A new liquid biopsy is able to detect all types of cancer via a blood test. This new technology will allow physicians to diagnose cancer and monitor cancer treatments without invasive tissue biopsies.
11 April 2018
After 15 years of collecting dung and DNA from elephants, conservation biologist Samuel Wasser and his team were able to create a map documenting nearly all of the African elephant populations. With this in place, the...
11 January 2018
A company called Medial EarlySign is using machine learning to predict when a patient is at higher risk for having colon cancer. Results from a simple blood test are entered into a database that looks at several facto...
7 December 2017
Zoonotic outbreaks are increasingly a threat to human populations and other species as they spatially converge in the same environments. In preparation, the project PREDICT has discovered over 1000 distinct diseases a...
3 December 2017
Under 800 Words
Food security due to land degradation is a growing concern in Uganda, especially in light of the massive influx of South Sudanese refugees streaming into the country and the instability of food donations to support th...
9 November 2017
San Francisco, California, United States
Even though millions of people around the world rely on drugs like insulin to live, the big pharmaceutical companies often seem to value profit over people, and the costs of critical medications can be prohibitive. A ...
25 October 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Launched in September 2017, Cognoma is a database of information regarding the genetic makeup of cancerous tumors developed in collaboration between University of Pennsylvania researchers and Philadelphia’s tech commu...
20 September 2017
Silicon Valley, California, United States
A genetically engineered fake meat that smells, tastes and has the same texture as a regular beef burger? Sounds impossible, but it's not for the Impossible Burger. Made from ingredients such as wheat and potato prote...
Honolulu Civil Beat
11 September 2017
Kaneohe, Hawaii, United States
Over 3000 Words
Climate change is destroying coral reefs at a startling rate - threatening the livelihoods of millions of people, increasing the damage caused by storm surges, and affecting the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere. Scient...
28 August 2017
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
After nearly back-to-back coral bleaching events made headlines internationally, there's been an increased awareness around the need to save what's left of the species. The newest strategy being implemented has to do ...
27 April 2017
Richmond, Indiana, United States
As climate change, human encroachment, and habitat loss increasingly threaten the existence of numerous species around the world, some scientists are turning to a controversial and complex method to try and bring popu...
12 December 2016
Losing weight is a struggle for many people and research has shown that one diet does not fit all, some people lose weight on a diet while others gain. For obese individuals, the way to lose weight may be highly perso...
4 May 2016
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Over 3000 Words
Minority families often miss out on treatment or get left out of research — an ethical failure. New projects are illuminating autism’s diverse shades and aim to provide care to all members of society.
29 May 2011
The medical community had essentially given up hope for a cure for aids and thus little to no money was devoted to the research. A man with aids was cured in Berlin, by an optimistic doctor and a stem-cell transplant,...
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