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A Cancer “Atlas” to Predict How Patients Will Fare

Understanding the genetic changes in tumors that distinguish the most lethal cancers from more benign ones could help doctors better treat patients. Today, Swedish researchers are launching a new open-access catalog that maps many of those genetic changes. This “atlas”…

Scientists Can Read a Bird’s Brain and Predict Its Next Song

Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley this year set themselves an audacious new goal: creating a brain-reading device that would allow people to effortlessly send texts with their thoughts. In April, Elon Musk announced a secretive new brain-interface company called Neuralink. Days later,…

First Human Embryos Edited in U.S.

The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon, MIT Technology Review has learned. The effort, led by Shoukhrat Mitalipov of Oregon Health and Science…

Blind Patients to Test Bionic Eye Brain Implants

The maker of the world’s first commercial artificial retina, which provides partial sight to people with a certain form of blindness, is launching a clinical trial for a brain implant designed to restore vision to more patients….

FDA Approves Groundbreaking Gene Therapy for Cancer

A revolutionary cancer therapy that uses genetically engineered immune cells has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, ushering in a new era of cancer treatment. The FDA calls the treatment, made by Novartis, the “first gene therapy” in the …Continue reading

Scientists Hack a Computer Using DNA

In what appears to be the first successful hack of a software program using DNA, researchers say malware they incorporated into a genetic molecule allowed them to take control of a computer used to analyze it.