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Human Genes Venom

A new study says humans might have the genetic capability to spit venom

April 5th, 2021

All living creatures evolve over the years, adapting to their immediate living conditions in order to survive. That includes humans as well, who have evolved over millennia in response to various changes. Could humans ever become venomous if new living conditions make it necessary for our species to immobilize or slow down food sources with …

crispr cancer

Novel CRISPR system can stop cancer in its tracks

November 21st, 2020

Scientists have developed a new system using the CRISPR genome-editing system to attack and kill cancer cells. The system targets cancel cells directly and, like “scissors,” cuts their DNA, killing them. Additional trials and testing are needed, but the promising new system could eventually be used to fight cancer in humans. The fight against cancer …

human mouse hybrid

Scientists genetically modified a mouse to be 4 percent human

May 14th, 2020

Scientists injected human stem cells into mouse embryos and let them develop. One of the resulting embryos had 4% human cells after 17 days of additional maturity. Human cells were found in tissue that would become the heart, brain, and even eyes. Visit BGR’s homepage for more stories. Scientists mixing the genetic building blocks of …

glowing plants

Scientists invented a way to make live plants glow – and it’s insane

April 28th, 2020

A new breed of glowing plants has been developed by scientists using the same compounds that allow naturally luminescent fungi to glow.  By engineering the plants to use a naturally-occurring compound in a new way, the plants glow for the duration of their lives.  The researchers believe this could be a vital tool in understanding …

gene edited babies

Those gene-edited babies in China have unexpected mutations

December 5th, 2019

In late 2018, a Chinese genetics researcher named He Jiankui announced that he had genetically modified babies that were then carried to term and born. As far as anyone knows, this is the first time any scientist had done such a thing, and it led to an intense outcry from the scientific community. The scientist …

animal human hybrid

Scientists in Japan get clearance for growing human-animal hybrids

July 31st, 2019

Genetic modification can be a touchy subject in scientific circles, especially when the life form being modified is an animal. Researchers fear that the consequences of rogue scientists “playing God” will lead us down a scary path, and they may be right, but the Japanese government just took a careful step forward by approving the …