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Technologies

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Sangamo Therapeutics will use zinc finger nucleases to introduce the gene for a missing clotting factor into the livers of

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It has been about three months since Terrell Gills’s release from jail, and there are still sleepless nights and days...

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A HALF-INCH-LONG MOTH that devours kale, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts may not inspire the same fear as a Zika-carrying mosquito, but...

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One of every three genetic tests examined by a team of researchers at the San Diego Naval Medical Center shouldn’t...

Policies

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He made the emotional plea to his colleagues: Pass this bill.

“It might give somebody like my wife a chance...

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Pat Reilly had good reason to worry about Alzheimer’s disease: Her mother had it, and she saw firsthand the havoc...

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BIOLOGY HAS EMERGED as one of the most important technology platforms of the 21st century. With the arrival of the gene-editing...

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More than a decade ago, Californians made a $3 billion wager on the healing potential of stem cell research.

Today,...

Society

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A report from the National Academies says scientists alone can't make the call—they must engage with the broader public

Meaningful...

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DNA is what makes us who we are. In humans, our genetic makeup is 99.9 percent similar to the person...

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Nearly 40 years after the world was jolted by the birth of the first test-tube baby, a new revolution in...

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A year and a half ago, few health insurers would cover a noninvasive prenatal test — which draws blood from...

Perspectives

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China appears to be laying the groundwork for the mass collection of DNA samples from residents of a restive, largely...

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TUSKEGEE, Ala. — Decades later, it’s still hard to grasp what the federal government did to hundreds of black men...

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The message wasn’t subtle in one of the first advertisements for the birth control pill. Greek mythological figure Andromeda is...

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The Australian Academy of Sciences has joined a growing number of groups calling for a national discussion on a range...