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How The Venus Flytrap Became Predator Instead Of Prey

Remember when we told you that the Venus flytrap can actually count? That’s how this carnivorous plant knows the difference between the presence of prey in its trap and a false alarm. Now the same team of German scientists is back with insight into how the Venus flytrap turned the evolutionary tables to become predator instead of prey. They describe this work in a new paper in Genome Research.


Why Your Labrador Retriever Loses Its Mind Around Food

As a breed, Labrador Retrievers often have serious food-related issues — a behavioural quirk that often leads to over-eating and canine obesity. Researchers have finally figured out why, and the answer could influence the way we treat human obesity.


CRISPR Just Got One Step Closer To Editing Human Genes With Ease

Leveraging the pre-existing power of CRISPR, a team of researchers has made an important adjustment to the groundbreaking gene-editing tool that could make it precise enough for human applications.


Addiction Could Be More Like A Learning Disorder Than A Disease

When Saturday Night Live aired a skit this weekend riffing on America’s new heroin epidemic — a satirical fake ad for “Heroin AM” to help addicts remain productive while using — many people weren’t laughing. That’s because heroin and other powerful opiates are killing more people than ever, across all demographics. So much for the War on Drugs. Maybe that approach is failing because we’re thinking about addiction all wrong.


Chinese Scientists Genetically Modify Human Embryos Again

Just one year after scientists in China made history by modifying the DNA of human embryos, a second team of Chinese researchers has done it again. Using CRISPR/Cas9, the researchers introduced HIV-resistance into the embryos, showcasing the tremendous potential for gene-editing.


Gene-Editing Attacks Can't Defeat HIV As Easily As We Thought

Scientists are excited about the prospect of using CRISPR, a powerful gene-editing tool, to combat HIV. A discouraging follow-up study shows that HIV is capable of developing a resistance to the genetic attack — but scientists say CRISPR’s battle with HIV is far from over.


Orphan Black's Crazy Bioweapon Actually Exists In Nature

Last year, season 3 of Orphan Black introduced a line of genetically male clones to its tale, and with them came a scary new twist in the Orphan Black biology. How scientifically realistic is this weird new development? Well, something like it does happen in the real world — but only with fruit flies, not humans. Spoilers for season 3 of Orphan Black ahead…


HIV Genes Successfully Edited Out Of Immune Cells

Researchers from Temple University have used the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool to clear out the entire HIV-1 genome from a patient’s infected immune cells. It’s a remarkable achievement that could have profound implications for the treatment of AIDS and other retroviruses.


This Technicolor Mutant Zebrafish Is Synthetic Biology's Craziest Creation Yet

It sounds ripped out of the pages of a science fiction novel — or maybe a Lisa Frank catalogue — but the genetically modified, brilliantly coloured zebra fish pictured above is no fantasy. It was created by scientists, to explore one of the most elusive processes in biology: tissue regeneration.


Multiple Gene Testing For Breast Cancer Raises Ethical Concerns

Multiple gene panel testing may be a cheaper, more accessible way to investigate the heritability of breast cancer, but it comes with ethical issues, according to a recent Australian study.


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