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Thought-controlled genes: First-ever brain–gene interface

In a curious case of science fiction coming true, a team of bioengineers from Switzerland have created the first brain-gene interface. This is taking the brain-computer interface technology with which prosthetic limbs are controlled to the next level. 251 more words


Why do we have chins?

The chin is something unique to modern humans. They are among the few features that truly set humans apart from other primates. Yes…comparing modern humans with primates skull, it’s seen that primates don’t possess a chin. 464 more words


Irish Times highlights soft materials research from TG Group

Journalist Dick Ahlstrom from the Irish Times highlighted the discovery of versatile lanthanide(III)-containing metallogels in a recent article:

The work involved mixing organic chemicals called… 243 more words

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CRISPR as antiviral tool: Cas9 for Hepatitis C

Clustered, regularly interspaced, short palindromic repeats–CRISPR associated systems (CRISPR-Cas) are prokaryotic RNA-directed endonuclease machineries that act as an adaptive immune system against foreign genetic elements. In fact, this system also known as RNA-targeting, where Cas9 is part of the CRISPR genetic defense system in bacteria, which scientists have been harnessing to edit DNA in animals, plants and even human cells. 413 more words


Making Cross-Quarter Progress

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Greetings from HumanaNatura at the cross-quarter! In the natural year, we are now halfway between the more balanced time of the recent equinox and the naturally more evocative one around the upcoming solstice. 195 more words

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You can change your Blood Type to become a Universal Donor

Mutant enzyme can change any blood group to universal blood donor

There is a serious demand and supply problem when it comes to blood transfusions, and we all might be involved either in donating or receiving blood at some point of time in our lives. 504 more words


Antarctica's Blood Falls, a sign of life?



Antarctica’s Blood Falls could be home to microorganisms, say scientists. New data shows that beneath McMurdo Dry Valleys, earth’s coldest and driest place, lies salty water that may support previously unknown ecosystems. 329 more words