Breaking the Ice on Technologies

Tag: Science / Biotech

Chinese Scientists Try to Cure One Man’s HIV With Crispr

Chinese Scientists Try to Cure One Man’s HIV With Crispr

Until that moment, scientists had only hoped to control the insidious disease, through drugs like PrEP that cut down on transmission or antiretroviral treatments that prop up patients’ immune systems. The Berlin Patient made them believe total virus annihilation was, in fact, possible. His story […]

This DIY Implant Lets You Stream Movies From Inside Your Leg

This DIY Implant Lets You Stream Movies From Inside Your Leg

The door to Jeff Tibbetts’ DIY operating room in his garage in Tehachapi, California, is covered with the signatures of those who have gone under his knife in the white-walled room on the other side. Tibbetts, a professional nurse and a self-taught body modification artist, […]

Brazil’s Plans for Gene-Edited Cows Got Scrapped—Here’s Why

Brazil’s Plans for Gene-Edited Cows Got Scrapped—Here’s Why

Up until a few months ago, Brazil was all set to create the country’s first herd of genetically dehorned dairy cows. In October 2018, Brazilian regulators had determined that an American biotechnology company’s efforts to produce such an animal didn’t require any special oversight. It […]

Scientists Can Finally Build Feedback Circuits in Cells

Scientists Can Finally Build Feedback Circuits in Cells

Hana El-Samad is a bit of a control freak. She’s been obsessed with the idea of injecting order into chaos since she was a little girl growing up in Lebanon during the height of the country’s protracted civil war. During the day, El-Samad would bury […]

What Happens When Reproductive Tech Like IVF Goes Awry?

What Happens When Reproductive Tech Like IVF Goes Awry?

It sounds like the setup to a bad joke: Three couples walk into a fertility clinic. But the punch line—what happened to those families at one Los Angeles medical facility in August 2018—is no laughing matter. The embryos from two couples hoping to conceive were […]

Not Everyone on 23andMe Will Get the Latest Gene Chip Updates

Not Everyone on 23andMe Will Get the Latest Gene Chip Updates

If you were early to the 23andMe spit party, you’ve probably noticed that you haven’t gotten any new reports about your genes from the company in a while. Not like more recent customers, whose inboxes receive the results of such analyses on the regular—like one […]

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA

The word pierced a momentary hush that had settled over the packed courtroom, where a line of people stretched out into the hall. The word that the families of Jay Cook and Tanya Van Cuylenborg had been waiting for more than three decades to hear: […]

Deer DNA Starts Spilling Its Weird, Cancer-Fighting Secrets

Deer DNA Starts Spilling Its Weird, Cancer-Fighting Secrets

Yunzhi Peter Yang was supposed to be on vacation. It was 2009, and the Stanford bioengineer was celebrating his and his wife’s wedding anniversary with a trip to Alaska’s Denali National Park. But when he heard a park guide say that the deer they were […]

Wildebeest! Okapi! Giraffe! Ibex! Come Peruse Their Genomes

Wildebeest! Okapi! Giraffe! Ibex! Come Peruse Their Genomes

Yunzhi Peter Yang was supposed to be on vacation. It was 2009, and the Stanford bioengineer was celebrating his and his wife’s wedding anniversary with a trip to Alaska’s Denali National Park. But when he heard a park guide say that the deer they were […]

A Murder Trial Will Allow DNA Evidence From a Genealogy Site

A Murder Trial Will Allow DNA Evidence From a Genealogy Site

Since the mid-1990s, DNA has been used to identify suspects in nearly 400,000 police investigations. Today, the national criminal database, called CODIS, contains the genetic profiles of more than 13 million people. But now, for the first time, a case is moving forward where DNA […]