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The genome editor CRISPR cuts DNA with help from a guide RNA (green and red) and a Cas9 enzyme (outline) that latches onto a three-base sequence (yellow). KC ROEYER/UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY

Upgrade makes genome editor CRISPR more muscular, precise

You wouldn’t know it from the excitement generated by the revolutionary genome editing method known as CRISPR, but as practiced now, it is far from…

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Harvard University geneticist George Church has co-founded a new company to help individuals share and market their genomes. GRETCHEN ERTL/The New York Times

Q&A: George Church and company on genomic sequencing, blockchain, and better drugs

In Hollywood terms, a marriage of blockchain, the technology created to track the bitcoin digital currency, and whole genome sequencing is a supercouple. And when…

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1931. Boris Karloff as the creature in the box office hit Frankenstein, directed by James Whale. UNIVERSAL PICTURES/SCREENPROD/PHOTONONSTOP/ALAMY STOCK PHOTO

The Horror that Haunts Science: Two hundred years later, Frankenstein still shocks and inspires

On 1 August 1790, a precocious student named Victor Frankenstein submitted a radical proposal to an ethical panel at the University of Ingolstadt in Bavaria.…

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Protesters from several health advocacy groups gathered this morning in front of the Washington, D.C., offices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Alex Morash/The National LGBTQ Task Force

CDC word ban? The fight over seven health-related words in the president’s next budget

Presidential budget requests are political documents, and the wrong word can send a confusing message—and trigger controversy. President Donald Trump’s administration appears to have kicked…

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Lab technician and Ebola survivor Sukato Mandzomba (front) worked with Peter Piot (back) in 1976 and again in 2016.

Forty years later, Ebola survivors are still making antibodies to the lethal virus

Forty years after the first documented Ebola outbreak, some of the survivors still have antibodies against the virus, a new study reveals. The find bolsters…

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