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A new way to use gene editing tool CRISPR

Scientists have developed a method to use CRISPR/Cas9 technology to set off a cascade of activities in cells, a phenomenon known as conditional gene...
How much are we learning

How much are we learning?

Natural selection is science’s best critic. In 2003, the Human Genome Project revealed to the world the three billion chemical units within human DNA. Since that...

Planets with oxygen don’t necessarily have life, study finds

In their search for life in solar systems near and far, researchers have often accepted the presence of oxygen in a planet's atmosphere as...
Why Antarctic fish don’t freeze to death

Why Antarctic fish don’t freeze to death?

Fish living in the oceans around Antarctica seem like they should freeze to death. But notothenioids have it all figured out, thanks to the...

Why deep dark oceans gave life to the first big, complex organisms

Why did the first big, complex organisms spring to life in deep, dark oceans where food was scarce? A new study finds great depths...
New study makes 52 million tree stories more accessible to science

New study makes 52 million tree stories more accessible to science

The world's primary archive of tree ring data, which holds more than 52 million cost-free records spanning 8,000 years of history, has gotten a...

Scientists find a new tool for understanding enzymes — Google

Yale scientists have taken a novel approach to unraveling the complex structure and regulation of enzymes: They Googled it. In a new study published in...

A microbe’s membrane helps it survive extreme environments

Scientists discovered a protein that modifies a microbe’s membrane and helps it survive in hot, acidic environments, proving a long-standing hypothesis that these structures...

Biggest mass extinction caused by global warming leaving ocean animals gasping for breath

The largest extinction in Earth's history marked the end of the Permian period, some 252 million years ago. Long before dinosaurs, our planet was populated...

World’s first gene-edited babies? Premature, dangerous and irresponsible

A scientist in China claims to have produced the world’s first genome-edited babies by altering their DNA to increase their resistance to HIV. Aside from...