Tag: DNA

The Latest Guide to Understanding CRISPR-Cas9

The Latest Guide to Understanding CRISPR-Cas9

The CRISPR Pill made headlines with its implications in the fight against Superbugs. But CRISPR technology originated from research into gene splicing and genetic editing capabilities. Since DNA is the fundamental building block of existence,...
superbug killed by CRISPR pill superdrug

Kill Superbugs With the CRISPR Pill Superdrug

We all know about the extreme dangers that “Superbugs” pose. Antibiotic resistant strains of our favorite bacteria like MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus which causes staph infections are growing in number. A study into the proposed CRISPR...
The Future of Biohacking: Implanting Malware to DNA

The Future of Biohacking: Implanting Malware to DNA

In what looks like a scene from a science fiction film, a team of researchers from the University of Washington have successfully encoded physical DNA strands with malicious software. For decades, scientists have studied human...
Human Embryos Genetically Modified

Breaking: Human Embryos Genetically Modified in the U.S.

In a bid to correct defective genes that cause inherited diseases, scientists and researchers from the U.S. attempted for the first time to modify human embryos using the gene-editing technique CRISPR-Cas9. According to MIT Technology Review, the...
DNA movies

DNA Movies Debut at a Theater Inside You

Using gene editing, biologists at Harvard took one of the first motion pictures ever recorded in history and encoded it into bacterial DNA. In their quest to find efficient data storage systems, scientists are exploring...
knot theory

Knot Theory: The World Inside Your Shoe Laces

William Thomson once theorized that atoms were knots formed from ethereal vortices. He was wrong, but the successive research created knot theory and may shed light on the structure of proteins and DNA.  Thomson was...
models of evolution

New Models of Evolution Updates Darwin’s Work

Evolution through natural selection is the process by which organisms change over time. The changes allow an organism to adapt to an environment, survive, and reproduce. Evidence from a wide range of disciplines including...
Neanderthal

Neanderthal DNA Purged from Modern Human Genome

Homo sapiens once had Homo Neanderthalensis (Neanderthal) blood running through their veins. Numerous genes they shared with their cousin species were erased over the course of time and evolution. A new study reveals how...
antibiotic resistance

Antibiotic Resistance is a Growing Threat

Antibiotic medicines kill bacteria that cause infections. They are not the most precise treatment, as in many cases the antibiotics kill both bad and good bacteria. However, before the discovery of certain antibiotics, bacteria...
mental-illness

Could CRISPR Gene Editing Help Cure Mental Illness?

Researchers have discovered the presence of common groups of genes in individuals with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. If these genes are responsible for these mental illnesses, could gene editing methods like CRISPR-Cas9 could...