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Safeguarding the greater good Thursday July 30th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard) Research teams from the Wyss Institute and University of California, San Diego -- the only two groups to have published work on RNA-guided CRISPR gene drives -- have proactively assembled an international group of 26 experts, including prominent genetic engineers and fruit fly geneticists, to unanimously recommend a series of preemptive measures to safeguard gene drive research.

Telescopes team up to find distant Uranus-sized planet through microlensing Thursday July 30th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii have made independent confirmations of an exoplanet orbiting far from its central star. The planet was discovered through a technique called gravitational microlensing.

Rotten tomatoes and 2 thumbs up Thursday July 30th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(Journal of Retailing at New York University) How online shoppers respond when faced with wide variations in online reviews can give retailers insights into how to display the reviews and what to expect.

Group calls for more transparency of experiments on primates Thursday July 30th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Thousands of nonhuman primates continue to be confined alone in laboratories despite 30-year-old federal regulations and guidelines mandating that social housing of primates should be the default. A new article co-authored by PETA scientists and Marymount University researchers, published in Perspectives in Laboratory Animal Science, argues that many laboratories cage primates alone -- a harmful practice often done for convenience -- and that the US government isn't ...

Robotic insect mimics Nature's extreme moves Thursday July 30th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard) By analyzing the natural mechanics of the water strider that enable it to launch off water's surface, an international team of Seoul National University and Harvard University researchers have emulated this extreme form of locomotion in novel robotic insects.

How to look for a few good catalysts Thursday July 30th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Research shows non-wetting surfaces promote chemical reaction rates.

Paralyzed men move legs with new non-invasive spinal cord stimulation Thursday July 30th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(NIH/National Institute of Biomedical Imaging & Bioengineering) Five men with complete motor paralysis were able to voluntarily generate step-like movements thanks to a new strategy that non-invasively delivers electrical stimulation to their spinal cords. The strategy, called transcutaneous stimulation, delivers electrical current to the spinal cord by way of electrodes strategically placed on the skin of the lower back. This expands to nine the number of completely paralyzed individuals who have achieved voluntary ...

Researchers resurrect ancient viruses in hopes of improving gene therapy Thursday July 30th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary) Researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Schepens Eye Research Institute have reconstructed an ancient virus that is highly effective at delivering gene therapies to the liver, muscle, and retina. This discovery, published July 30 in Cell Reports, could potentially be used to design gene therapies that are not only safer and more potent than therapies currently available, but may also help a greater number of patients.

UC Davis partners in new photonics manufacturing institute Thursday July 30th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(University of California - Davis) UC Davis is a partner in new $610 million institute for photonics manufacturing innovation announced July 27 by Vice President Joe Biden at an event in Greece, N.Y. The Integrated Photonics Institute for Manufacturing Innovation aims to stimulate new investment and industrial growth based on photonics technology, which uses light, rather than electrons, to carry information.

Scientists create functional liver cells from stem cells Thursday July 30th, 2015 04:00:00 AM
(The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) Evaluating drug-induced liver injury is a critical part of pharmaceutical drug discovery and must be carried out on human liver cells. Now, in research published on the cover of Hepatology journal, Hebrew University of Jerusalem scientists report that they produced large amounts of functional liver cells from human embryonic and genetic engineered stem cells. The cells can detect the toxic effect of over a dozen drugs with greater than 97 percent accuracy.

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