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spicy tomato

Scientists say they could genetically engineer spicy tomatoes

January 9th, 2019

Tomatoes are a lovely addition to a sandwich or burger, and they’re used to create all kinds of sauces and condiments that have become a staple of a western diet, but they’re also a bit, well, bland. A tomato on its own doesn’t have much bite, but scientists who specialize in genetics could change that, …

he jiankui missing

Chinese scientists who created gene-edited babies may now be missing

December 3rd, 2018

The scientific community was rocked last week after a Chinese scientists named He Jiankui claimed to have successfully modified human embryos using the CRISPR tool. Two of those babies, He claimed, were already born, with more potentially on the way. It was an unexpected revelation and it sent He’s peers in the genetics field scrambling …

why do huskies have blue eyes

Scientists traced the genetic quirk that gives huskies blue eyes

October 5th, 2018

Many dog species have specific features that give them away. Bull terriers have long, flat noses, dalmatians have their iconic spots, and pugs look like little potatoes. Huskies, of course, have their own special feature in the form of icy blue eyes, and now a team of researchers from dog DNA startup Embark has attempted …