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  • "Patients who received the gene therapy showed a significant, if modest, benefit in tests of lung function compared with the placebo group" in a UK study.
  • "On average, those who experienced improvements saw a 3.7 percent increase in FEV1 lung function, a ratio used to measure obstructive lung diseases and how easily a sufferer can breathe."
  • Scientists have now developed a new test that could be crucial in improving our immunity against viruses.
  • For $25 and a drop of your blood, Stephen Elledge of Harvard Medical School and his colleagues can now create the history of all viruses that have ever invaded your body.
  • researchers turned cancer cells back by introducing a protein called E47
  • "This binds to specific DNA sequences and controls genes that are involved with differentiation and growth."
  • "Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of the disease, with just 1% of patients predicted to survive for 10 or more years;" 8,622 deaths in 2012
  • study used fruit flies to research genetic variations
  • scientists were able to identify close to 80 genes linked to the differences in behavior
  • researchers were able to breed the late risers to produce more chronotypes like themselves, indicating a genetic basis to the behavior
  • Worries about invasive organisms running wild inspired scientists to create gene-editing tools to erase DNA when it leaves its designated area
  • Its precise enough to target specific portions of DNA; both the cell and its genetic information are destroyed
  • The system works in a lab, but will grow more complex in the field with real environmental conditions
  • A lethal variant of dengue fever called DHF emerged in 1950s, and cases are now 50x more frequent than 1960s
  • Key West government proposed to FDA introducing genetically modified mosquitoes to wipe out dengue-carrying mosquitoes
  • Dengue currently infects an estimated 390M people each year and drains an estimated $40B from the world economy
  • 5.5 petabits (700TB) of data can be fit on a gram of DNA
  • It took years to analyze a single human genome but modern microfluidic chips can do it in hours
  • Entirety of human knowledge as we know it can be stored in a few hundred kilos
  • Publication of the first paper to describe efforts to modify embryos.
  • At least one group in the US and four in China are aiming to edit human embryos: this will be the first of many studies.
  • They discovered an ice sample containing pyrimidine exposed to ultraviolet radiation under space-like conditions produces these essential ingredients of life
  • The research shows pyrimidine can survive in space, and undergo reactions that turn it into more complicated organic species, suggesting the conditions that create life on earth could be same on other planets
  • Just one gram of DNA can store the equivalent of 14,000 Blu-ray discs.
  • A synthetic "fossil shell" made from silica glass can protect the information-loaded DNA to be retrieved in tact
  • Currently the time and money it takes to sequence DNA ($12,300 per megabyte) is an obstacle
  • Chinese scientists reported success with modifying human embryos for the first time
  • 86 embyros were injected, with 71 surviving. Only 28 were successfully spliced; a fraction contained the replacement genetic material
  • Nature and Science journals rejected the team's paper due to ethical objections
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