by Alex Yenkinfigures by Allie Elchert Long before the completion of the Human Genome Project, scientists knew that many common diseases had a genetic component. However, there was debate about the architecture of these genetic effects: were there a few high-effect mutations or thousands of tiny effect mutations spread throughout the genome? Now, in the full swing of the genomics revolution, we can see that … Continue reading Mining DNA for Disease Prediction: the polygenic risk score
Scientists has discovered a way to reverse the aging of heart cells in mice to regenerate and restore heart function after a heart attack. Continue reading Turning Back the Clock to Repair Hearts
Advances in fast sequencing have pushed RNA as information carrier into the limelight of molecular biology. Now, Zhaoming Su and colleagues add high-resolution structure into the mix. Continue reading The (Very) Little Molecule that could: an HD Image Opens a New Chapter in RNA Science
by Apurva Govandefigures by MacKenzie Mauger North Africa’s vast, arid Sahara Desert region covers 3.5 million square miles, which is just about the size of the United States. Sunlight hits the Sahara an average of 3,000 hours every year. Covering less than 1% of the Sahara with solar panels would generate enough energy to power the globe. Some solar energy can be used right away … Continue reading Green Energy Needs Green Storage
Potty-training cows could help us combat climate change. Continue reading Bathroom Stalls in the Barnyard: How Potty-Trained Cows are Combating Climate Change
by Lauren Granatafigures by Xiaomeng Han As Covid-19-related deaths overwhelmed the country in 2020, drug overdose deaths furtively took their own toll. The opioid epidemic is still surging, but a new Rhode Island law aims to combat the problem through harm reduction. Instead of fixating on sobriety-centered treatment, the primary function of the new law is to protect people from infection and overdose. What are … Continue reading Reframing Opioid Addiction Treatment: What is harm reduction all about?
Scientists have discovered another piece in the puzzle of how tabby cats get their stripes. Continue reading What Makes a Cat a Tabby?
Asexual species do not have genetic variability like humans, and most animals, do. Despite that, they can still adapt to environmental changes using modifications to their DNA known as epigenetic changes. Continue reading Asexual Species Can Adapt to their Environment Even Without Changing their DNA
Despite not having been able to talk for 15 years, a paralyzed man can now communicate using electrodes implanted in his brain. Continue reading Scientists Detect Brain Signals to Help a Paralyzed Man Speak
Researchers have grown a miniature brain that also develops eye-like structures. Continue reading Development in a Dish: Scientists Grow a Combined Brain and Eye Organoid