Friday, 17 November 2017

Microsoft's Bill Gates to Genetically Engineer Laser Lit Mosquitos

Microsoft's Bill Gates to Genetically Engineer Laser Lit Mosquitos

Gene drive raises hopes and fears as scientists are using it to wipe out the mosquitoes that carry malaria, to eradicate the disease.

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New Zealand’s War on Rats Could Change the World

New Zealand’s War on Rats Could Change the World

The nation wants to eradicate all invasive mammal predators by 2050. Gene-editing technology could help—or it could trigger an ecological disaster of global proportions.

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What If You Knew Alzheimer’s Was Coming for You?

What If You Knew Alzheimer’s Was Coming for You?

Simple blood tests may soon be able to deliver alarming news about your cognitive health.

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UK and Canada lead alliance against coal

UK and Canada lead alliance against coal

The UK and Canada have launched a global alliance of 20 countries committed to phasing out coal for energy production. Members including France, Finland and Mexico, say they will end the use of coal before 2030. Ministers hope to have 50 countries signed up by the time of the next major UN conference in Poland next year.

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How a Wild Rocket Misfire Created Cape Canaveral

How a Wild Rocket Misfire Created Cape Canaveral

In an excerpt from Spaceport Earth: The Reinvention of Spaceflight, author Joe Pappalardo explores how one errant rocket helped create the U.S.'s most important spaceport.

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A Photo Trip to Antarctica

A Photo Trip to Antarctica

Images from the past few years of the Antarctic landscape, wildlife, research facilities, and some of the scientific work taking place there. By Lan Taylor.

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Gene Therapy Creates Replacement Skin to Save a Dying Boy

Gene Therapy Creates Replacement Skin to Save a Dying Boy

Doctors in Europe used gene therapy to grow sheets of healthy skin that saved the life of a boy with a genetic disease that had destroyed most of his skin, the team reported on Wednesday in the journal Nature. This was not the first use of the treatment, which adds gene therapy to a technique developed to grow skin grafts for burn victims. But it was by far the most body surface ever covered in a patient with a genetic disorder: nine square feet.

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