For parents whose children are at risk of inheriting a mitochondrial disorder, genetic material from a third person can help them conceive a healthy child. Mitochondria are maternally inherited organelles, so if a mother’s mitochondrial DNA is mutated, her children
Researchers from Biogen may have discovered how to harness the human immune system’s own disease-fighting capabilities to create a therapy for Alzheimer’s disease.
Birds are “bird-brained” no more–in her new book, Jennifer Ackerman explores research on the cognitive science of birds that has exploded in the past two decades to yield new understandings of bird intelligence and our own.
Wouldn’t it be nice if killing lung cancer cells was as easy as flipping a switch? As it turns out, effectively targeting these cells is more like a dimmer rather than a switch, but it can be done, according to
Synthetic biology, an emerging and fascinating field at the crossroads of natural and technical science, once served only as fodder for sci-fi films. And while it’s doubtful that scientists are working on the next Frankenstein, the field has since progressed
A project that began in a Yale classroom has since grown into a thriving and ambitious startup that promises to revolutionize the nanotechnology industry and change how we test potentially contaminated water. Monika Weber, an Electrical Engineering Ph.D. candidate, founded
For many years, gene editing has been hailed as the future of medicine. As the genetic basis of disease becomes clearer, researchers continue to discover more ways to alter the genome and prevent or cure diseases. Recently, a new gene
The smooth green surface of a rock sits just below a pond’s surface. Its deceptively uniform green coating is teeming with life: algae, bacteria, and other microorganisms. They all depend on sunlight for energy and are constantly competing with each
In the early 1950s, manufacturers began to use the compound bisphenol A—more colloquially known as BPA—as a strengthening agent in commercial plastics. It wasn’t until forty years later that researchers began to suspect that synthetic chemicals like BPA could disrupt
With antibiotic resistance on the rise, researchers are frantically searching for ways to counter new bacterial “superbugs.” Instead of looking for new state-of-the-art solutions, researchers might have more success dusting off ancient medieval texts. Just last summer, scientists discovered that