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Bio & Life Sciences Innovation Science

As Gene Editing Advances, Scientists Race to Set Boundaries

Around the world, leading scientific organizations are moving quickly to implement new guidelines to govern the use of gene editing.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Science

Why We Need to Learn the Language of DNA

Even super smart people don’t really understand genetics. To solve the problem, experts must do one key thing: translate technical concepts into simple terms.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Policy Science

Can a Company Claim Your Genes?

Congress is weighing a bipartisan proposal to allow patents for naturally occurring things like genes and organisms.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Science

Experts Note ‘Tremendous Progress’ on Cancer

Significant progress has been made in the fight against cancer in recent years, but funding, clinical trial access, and navigating increasingly complex data sets are among the latest challenges. "Now is an exceptional time in cancer research,” says the director of the National Cancer Institute, “the tremendous progress we have made … is amazing.”   More

Science Space

Scientists Prepare for a Mission to Mars

NASA is serious about putting people on Mars in the coming years. And after a major study of the biological effects of long-duration space flight, the agency is one giant leap closer to realizing that goal. John Charles, scientist in residence at the NASA Johnson Space Center, presented some findings from that study as well […]   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare Science

Why Thursday Is Rare Disease Day

With the exception of primetime medical dramas, you don’t hear much about rare diseases. But just because they’re “rare” — in the U.S., that’s a guideline used for diseases affecting fewer than 200,000 Americans — doesn’t mean they’re scarce. Rare Disease Day, held this year on February 28th, raises awareness for rare diseases and reminds us that these conditions have an outsize impact.   More

Healthcare Opinion Science

Insurance Roadblocks Threaten to Limit Use of Genomic Tests

Resistance from insurance companies threatens to slow innovation that could dramatically improve patient outcomes from genomic testing.   More

Healthcare Science

Asia’s Cancer Crisis Inspires Lab Innovation

The growing number of cancer patients in Asia is spurring innovative research and development — and some promising diagnostic developments.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Science

I Got My Genetic Results. Now What? A Techonomy Guide

Genetic testing has become more mainstream and greater numbers of consumers are receiving their results — and left wondering what they mean and what to do with them. For those who need help navigating and understanding everything from so-called recreational genetic tests to potentially scary medical tests, this guide is for you.   More

Healthcare Science

Counselor Shortage Threatens Genome-based Diagnostics

As genomic testing becomes more popular, it is outstripping the industry's ability to provide experts to interpret the results. The shortage of trained counselors highlights a paradox — rapid adoption can be just as big of a threat to the future of the field as too slow adoption.   More

Community Insights Healthcare Science

Is DNA Testing the New Life Hack?

Consumer DNA testing has great consumer appeal, but a nuanced understanding of how to put findings into context has been lost in some of the hype.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Science

Genomics Yields Insights About Ancient Humans

Scientists are using genomics to reconstruct the evolutionary history of humans. These findings shed new light on our past, and also yield insights into related species, like the Neanderthals as well as other ancient hominids. At the recent Advances in Genome Biology and Technology conference, Meredith Salisbury reports on the results.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Healthcare Science

As Genomics Matures, Funding Priorities Will Shift

During the next two years, NHGRI will be using interactions with scientists and the public to take stock of the genomics field and where its funds can make the most difference. The landscape has shifted rapidly from the institute's early days, when it set the direction for much of the genomics community around the world.   More

From the Magazine Science

As Mass Extinction Looms, Conservation Genomics Fights Back

De-extinction programs may capture the imagination, but less glamorous efforts to protect threatened species are already showing results. From the latest Techonomy Magazine.   More

Analytics & Data Science Security & Privacy

FDA Opens the Doors for Consumer Genetic Testing, But is the Technology Ready?

Genetic testing is going mainstream, but is the science ready for prime time? The marketing of genetic tests to consumers raises short-term risks and may even threaten the longer-term promise of the technology.   More

Analytics & Data From the Magazine Science

Why We Still Can’t Rely on Genomic Medicine

Genomic medicine may have hit the mainstream, but new genetic information will continually be discovered. And there remain extensive limitations to the value of the information that genetic tests can give you. How soon will these limitations be overcome and how much can we rely on genomic medicine now?   More

Science

CRISPR’s Unknown Cousin—The Promising Genetic Boost

Radical gene-editing technology CRISPR is in the news and rightly celebrated, but another form of genetic manipulation, known as "boosting," may reshape how we face a wide range of conditions. It shows dramatic promise for treating genetic diseases like hemophilia B and sickle cell disease, but could ultimately even help combat aging itself.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Science

Funding Cuts—Even Threatened Ones—Wreak Havoc on Biomedical Science

The United States faces a biomedical funding crisis. The Trump administration has proposed budget cuts that would slash scientific research. Though Congress hasn't yet gone along, the fears that the process has generated are already causing tangible harm in the scientific community. Concern about cuts is stalling progress on drug discovery and other healthcare innovations.   More

Bio & Life Sciences Community Insights Science

Believe the Neuralink Hype—It’s Important for Technological Innovation

Elon Musk’s latest venture, the recently-launched startup Neuralink, aims to merge mind and machine using brain-computer interface technology. Some commentators are dismissing its vision as pure hype. But buzz matters—we need such hype for radical tech innovation.   More

Learning Science

Genetic Research That Helps Individuals Too

Preventing genetic diseases may sound like a dream. While ethical and regulatory challenges still remain within our system, companies like Color can provide responsible, compliant access to preventive genetic information for individuals to take action for their health future.   More