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How Many Pages Does It Take to Print Out Someone’s Genetic Code? (Video)

Riccardo Sabatini: How to read the genome and build a human being Secrets, disease and beauty are all written in the human genome, the complete set of genetic instructions needed to build a human being. Now, as scientist and entrepreneur Riccardo Sabatini shows us, we have the power to Read More … Source:: Future of … Continue reading How Many Pages Does It Take to Print Out Someone’s Genetic Code? (Video) →

3 Strange Worlds Circling a Cool Star Might Be Prime Spots for Life

A trio of newly discovered Earth-sized planets looks ideally suited to search for signs that these alien worlds might be able to support life. The planets orbit close to an unusually small, reddish star that’s about one-eighth the size of our sun and is far cooler, researchers report in the Read More … Source:: Newsfix … Continue reading 3 Strange Worlds Circling a Cool Star Might Be Prime Spots for Life →

How a New CRISPR/Cas9 Technique May Get Us Closer to Curing Genetic Diseases

CRISPR/Cas9 has gotten so much attention lately that even a pop culture hit like “The X-Files” has taken note. The revolutionary DNA-editing tool is appreciably simpler and more versatile than the techniques scientists had previously used to alter unwanted DNA. It’s like instead of correcting a spelling error Read More … Source:: Future of You … Continue reading How a New CRISPR/Cas9 Technique May Get Us Closer to Curing Genetic Diseases →

Should Teens Be Allowed to Buy E-Cigarettes?

Featured Media Resource [VIDEO]: “Are Electronic Cigarettes Safe?” (BBC News)As e-cigarettes and vaping grow in popularity among teens, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has yet to regulate their distribution. Researchers are still determining the health risks associated with the popular product. In Read More … Source:: KQED QUEST

Tiny Central Valley Community Tests California’s Clean-Water Law

Here’s a statistic that, no matter how many times we report about it, still sounds shocking: More than a million Californians lack access to safe, clean drinking water. “When the doctor told me that I had high arsenic contamination in my body, I thought, ‘If this is happening to Read More … Source:: State of … Continue reading Tiny Central Valley Community Tests California’s Clean-Water Law →