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CRISPR Gene-Editing Tool Allows Flies to Ingest Poison

A fruit fly on the wing of a monarch butterfly
A fruit fly on the wing of a monarch butterfly
Julianne Pelaez

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley have used the CRISPR gene-editing tool to give fruit flies an evolutionary advantage they’ve never had before. By making just three small changes to a single gene, the team gave the flies the ability to effectively eat poison and store it in their bodies, protecting themselves from predators in the process. read more

Transgenders Not Happy with Their Transformations

Oh look! It’s almost as if we predicted this – cause we did. Anyone with a brain could have predicted this.

from RedState:

Thousands Who Underwent Transition Surgery for Their Gender Dysphoria Now Want Reversals

A new report by Sky News reveals that those who considered themselves “transgender” and underwent the life-altering surgeries that allow you to “transition” from one sex to another are now seeking reversals for said surgeries by the hundreds.

The report came in the form of a video that featured an anonymous girl identified only as “Ruby” who made the decision to identify as a man back when she was 13-years-old. Now she’s 21 and has decided that the alterations she had made to her body through chemicals haven’t made her any better. read more

Pelosi’s Proposal Will Likely Kill Americans

from the American Spectator:

Pelosi’s Price-Control Prescription Would Cost American Lives

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eNose Predicts Immunotherapy Treatment Effectiveness

It's claimed the device achieves 85 percent accuracy in predicting which lung cancer patients will, or will not, respond to new immunotherapy treatments
It’s claimed the device achieves 85 percent accuracy in predicting which lung cancer patients will, or will not, respond to new immunotherapy treatments
Amsterdam University Medical Centers

An impressive new study is suggesting a simple breath analysis can accurately predict whether lung cancer patients will positively respond to novel immunotherapy treatments. Unlike current methods, which involve studying tissue samples, the new “eNose” device can offer diagnostic advice in less than 60 seconds. read more

Next-Gen CRISPR Gene for Fighting Disease

New research helps make CRISPR more of a genetic Swiss Army Knife
New research helps make CRISPR more of a genetic Swiss Army Knife

The CRISPR tool is fast developing into a powerful way to edit the genes of bacteria, mammals, plants, humans, and even reptiles. It’s often referred to as “genetic scissors,” but a new improvement turns it into a “genetic Swiss Army Knife.” Research led by Caltech has refined the formula to help the tool zoom in on specific organs, tissues or cell types, and give it greater control over what happens next. read more

Would You Like a Pig Heart?

Pig hearts may be adapted for human use within three years in a breakthrough move that could clear the UK donor list, a leading surgeon has said.

Sir Terence English, who performed Britain’s first ever successful heart transplant, said his mentee from the 1979 operation will try to replace a human kidney with a pigs before the end of the year.

He believes this could pave the way for more complicated organ transplants in the process called ‘xenotransplantation’.

Simultaneous Gene Modifications Now Possible

Genes and proteins in cells interact in many different ways. Each dot represents a gene; the...
Genes and proteins in cells interact in many different ways. Each dot represents a gene; the lines are their interactions. For the first time, the new method uses biotechnology to influence entire gene networks in a single step(Credit: ETH Zurich / Carlo Cosimo Campa)

We’ve seen a number of recent improvements to the CRISPR gene editing method, from enhanced precision to novel techniques to block the process. But despite all these innovations, the technique is generally only able to modify one single gene at a time.
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Turmeric Skin Graft

A small sample of the Scaravoid foam
A small sample of the Scaravoid foam(Credit: Empa)

Most people think of turmeric as a kitchen spice, or perhaps as a health supplement that’s taken orally. Now, however, scientists have incorporated curcumin – a compound extracted from turmeric – into a porous foam that’s designed to heal skin wounds with a minimum of scarring. read more

Earliest Breast Cancer Test Yet

A novel blood test is hoped to help track the efficacy of early-stage drug treatments for...
A novel blood test is hoped to help track the efficacy of early-stage drug treatments for breast cancer and avoid unnecessary surgical procedures(Credit: rbhavana/Depositphotos)

An extraordinarily sensitive new blood test has been developed that promises to be able to effectively track the progression of breast cancer at its earliest stages. It is suggested the blood test could track the efficacy of drug therapies better than current imaging techniques and prevent unnecessary surgical procedures or needless extra doses of chemotherapy. read more

Young Blood the Key To Stop Alzheimer’s?

The company behind a Phase 2 trial of its proprietary young plasma protein formulation says it...
The company behind a Phase 2 trial of its proprietary young plasma protein formulation says it can potentially slow, or even stop, cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease(Credit: albund/Depositphotos)

Alkahest, a California-based biotech start-up, has just revealed some compelling early results from an ongoing Phase 2 trial into the efficacy of its novel formulation of plasma proteins derived from young blood, developed to slow, or even stop, the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease. read more