1 A whole new world BIOLOGY IS A way of structuring matter at a molecular scale by slotting each atom into its needful place. It is a way of controlling flows of energy on every scale from that of the smallest living cell to that of the whole living planet. It is a way of growing order and surprise in a universe that in all other respects tends towards entropic stagnation. And it is a thicket of limits on how long lives can last and how much life can accomplish. Get our daily newsletter Upgrade your inbox and get our Daily Dispatch and Editor's Picks. It is also a way of packing 3,500 excited young people into the Hynes Convention Centre in Boston, Massachusetts. More than 300 teams from 42 countries took part in the annual International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition there last October. By encouraging such teams to co-operate and compete in its Grand Jamboree, the iGEM foundation is hoping to create a framework for a synthetic-biology industry which combines … [Read more...] about The engineering of living organisms could soon start changing everything
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Health 5 April 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47817650 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Even light-to-moderate drinking increases blood pressure and the chances of having a stroke, according to a large genetic study in The Lancet, … [Read more...] about ‘One drink a day increases stroke risk’
Watch the new CBSN Originals documentary, "Zika: Children of the Outbreak," in the video player above. To some people, the only good mosquito is a dead mosquito. And not just because they can ruin your backyard barbecue. Mosquitoes have been called the deadliest animals on the planet, transmitting dangerous diseases like malaria, yellow fever and dengue. Millions of people worldwide die each year from mosquito-borne diseases, including half a million from malaria alone. In the last few years, Zika virus has emerged as the latest health threat carried by mosquitoes. Zika is transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito — and more than half the world's population lives in areas where the species thrives. But what if we had the technology to eliminate the threat by tweaking the biology of the mosquitoes themselves? Would it be a safer, more effective solution than fumigation or other traditional mosquito control methods? A British company called Oxitec is betting that it will. Will … [Read more...] about GMO mosquitoes: Could genetic engineering protect us from the deadliest animal on the planet?
71 Comments By Preetika Rana and Preetika Rana The Wall Street Journal BiographyPreetika Rana @Preetika_Rana [email protected] Lucy Craymer Lucy Craymer The Wall Street Journal BiographyLucy Craymer @lucy_craymer [email protected] Updated Dec. 14, 2018 12:35 p.m. ET The purported birth last month of the world’s first gene-edited human babies, claimed by a Chinese scientist, spurred a wave of global outrage. Scientists denounced the (as yet unconfirmed) experiment as irresponsible, and the development reinforced fears that the redesigning of DNA is moving ahead too fast and without necessary oversight. The proliferation of similar experiments on farm animals in recent years supports those concerns. Though rapid strides have been made to map genomes—the full set of genes for humans, animals, insects and plants—scientists have only begun to understand what the tens of thousands of individual genes do. Moreover, they are far from unraveling how … [Read more...] about Big Tongues and Extra Vertebrae: The Unintended Consequences of Animal Gene Editing