Jul 24, 2015

Team finds microorganisms at deepest-accessed area of Earth

A team of researchers, including Japanese, has found microbial communities inhabiting what is believed to be the deepest area of the Earth accessed to date, the team said. Using the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology’s Chikyu deep-sea drilling vehicle, the microorganisms were ...

Jul 9, 2015

Progress reported in using gene therapy for deafness

Gene therapy for deafness is moving closer to reality, with new research on Wednesday showing the technique for fixing faulty DNA can improve responses in mice with genetic hearing loss. Separately, a clinical trial backed by Novartis is under way to help a different ...

Jun 24, 2015

Government to conduct DNA tests on more remains of war dead

The government will conduct DNA tests on more unidentified remains collected from World War II battlefields and internment areas, and store the results in a database, welfare ministry sources said Tuesday. The move is part of an effort to identify the war dead and ...

May 23, 2015

Ethics of gene-editing technology debated

The leading U.S. scientific organization, responding to concerns expressed by scientists and ethicists, has launched an ambitious initiative to recommend guidelines for new genetic technology that has the potential to create “designer babies.” The technology, called CRISPR-Cas9, allows scientists to edit virtually any gene ...