From Engadget RSS Feed: DNA ‘robots’ could sort molecules in your blood

Robots are already good at sorting things, so wouldn’t it be nice if they could sort things out on a much smaller scale? They might soon. Caltech researchers have developed a ‘robot’ made from a single DNA strand that autonomously picks up molecule…

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From Gizmodo: Robots Made From DNA Could One Day Transport Medicine Inside Your Body

In the classic 1966 American science fiction film Fantastic Voyage, a submarine crew was miniaturized and injected into a body to fix a blood clot in the brain. That’s obviously not how future medical science is going to work, but the notion of creating microscopic machines to perform complex tasks is certainly on…

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From Gizmodo: Could a DNA Test Really Predict What You Look Like?

In 2012, the artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg exhibited a work that predicted a terrifying future: She extracted DNA from discarded hairs, gum and cigarette butts and used it to predict what those anonymous strangers might look like. The traces of ourselves that we are constantly leaving behind, she thought, could unleash…

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From TechCrunch: 23andMe’s second act sits squarely in drug research and development

 The company first began making moves early in 2015, forging a partnership with Pfizer to conduct a bit of drug research using 23andMe’s genetic data. The pact was formed in the midst of orders from the Food and Drug Administration that 23andMe cease sales of its consumer health report product, which drove a major portion of both 23andMe’s revenue and brand awareness at the… Read More

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From TechCrunch: WuXi NextCODE aims for the genomics database “gold standard” with new $240 million

 A lot of money is being poured into genomics lately, including the genomic information company WuXi NextCODE (WXNC), which just announced it has closed on $240 million in Series B financing, led by Sequoia.
We tend to hear very little about this company in the tech industry but Chinese tech billionaire Jack Ma is one of its many backers and WXNC is counted among the largest genetic database… Read More

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From Gizmodo: I Tried a Bunch of DNA Tests and All I Got Was a Bunch of Useless Data

As a young child, every morning at sunrise I would wake up to tap dance on the patio outside my mom’s bedroom door, much to my poor mom’s chagrin. These sunrise salutations became an enduring family story, as did my habit of getting up with the sun. Imagine my surprise, then, when a DNA test recently suggested that I…

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From Engadget RSS Feed: First FDA-approved genetic therapy fights leukemia

The first gene therapy treatment has been approved for use in the United States. The FDA greenlit a procedure that uses a patient’s own cells to combat a particular type of leukemia, but will only permit it for children and young adults up to age 25.

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From Gizmodo: Encryption Technology Could Protect the Privacy of Your DNA 

Your DNA is some of the most intimate information out there—encoded in it is information about your health, your personality, your family history. It’s not hard to imagine how such sensitive details could be damaging should they fall into the wrong hands. And yet, the privacy practices of the people and programs…

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From Engadget RSS Feed: Gene editing technique could treat ALS and Huntington’s disease

The most common gene editing technique, CRISPR-Cas9, only modifies DNA. That’s helpful in most cases, but it means that you can’t use it to tackle RNA-based diseases. Thankfully, that might not be a problem for much longer. After plenty of talk ab…

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From Gizmodo: Goldfish Brew Their Own Booze to Survive Frozen Ponds

It’s just you and your mates in a hotel, braving the dark and the cold, sealed off from the outside world. But you soon find it hard to breathe. The oxygen levels are dropping, and you just don’t know why.

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