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New gene editor could fix major shortcoming of current CRISPR tech

New gene editor could fix major shortcoming of current CRISPR tech

Scientists at Columbia have developed a gene-editing tool—using jumping genes—that inserts any DNA sequence into the genome without cutting, fixing a major shortcoming of...
Scientists recreate cell division outside a cell for the first time

Scientists recreate cell division outside a cell for the first time

Every living thing moves—prey from predators, ants to crumbs, leaves toward sunlight. But at the most fundamental level, scientists are still struggling to grasp the...
Godzilla is back and he's bigger than ever

Godzilla is back and he’s bigger than ever

Godzilla first made his debut in 1954. At inception, he was a 50-meter tall metaphor for indiscriminate destruction, particularly U.S. hydrogen-bomb testing in the Marshall...

Why is carbon the key to life? On earth, anyway

One element is the backbone of all forms of life we've ever discovered on Earth: carbon. Number six on the periodic table is, to the...
Scientists find a new food source for early life on Earth

Scientists find a new food source for early life on Earth

Scientists have demonstrated a new source of food for early life on the planet. Life on Earth relies on the availability of critical elements such...
Low ocean oxygen levels can blind sea creatures

Low ocean oxygen levels could blind sea creatures

Scientists at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, have found that low oxygen levels in seawater could blind...

These methane-consuming bacteria could be the future of fuel

New discovery illuminates how bacteria turn methane gas into liquid methanol. Known for their ability to remove methane from the environment and convert it into...
This tyrannosaur relative weighed less than 100 pounds

This Tyrannosaurus rex relative weighed less than 100 pounds

Tyrannosauroid dinosaurs have a long evolutionary history and include iconic giants like Tyrannosaurus rex. This newly discovered species links the small tyrannosauroids from the Early...
Scientists restore some brain functions in a dead pig

Scientists restore some brain functions in a dead pig

In a new study, scientists have restored some functions in a pig's brain four hours after its death. The finding challenges common assumptions about the...
Scientists create artificial mother-of-pearl with bacteria

Scientists create artificial mother-of-pearl with bacteria

In a new study, Rochester researchers have created artificial mother-of-pearl with bacteria. One of the strongest synthetic materials comes from nacre, which is also known...

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These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

In a recent study from the University of East Anglia, researchers find that long-term use of anticholinergic antidepressants is linked to a higher risk...
Common painkiller may harm your immune system, damaging heart and kidneys

Common painkiller may harm your immune system, damage heart and kidneys

In a recent study, researchers found that a widely used type of painkiller may increase risks of heart failure and kidney disease. The type of...

Scientists confirm the main cause of dementia

In a recent study, researchers confirmed they discovered the main cause of dementia. The researchers suggest that the build-up of urea in the brain to...
Three common drugs linked to high dementia risk

Three common drugs linked to high dementia risk

In a recent study, researchers found long-term use of two antidepressants is linked to a higher risk of dementia. In addition, drugs prescribed for bladder...

For older people, weight training is more important than cardio exercise

In a recent study from Wake Forest University, researchers found that weight training is more effective than cardio for older people. It is known that...