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CRISPR enters its first human clinical trials

Since its debut in 2012, CRISPR gene editing has held the promise of curing most of the over 6,000 known…

Engraved bones reveal that symbolism had ancient roots in East Asia

 Denisovans might have created line patterns more than 100,000 years ago in what’s now northern China SYMBOL LIFE  These…

A mussel poop diet could fuel invasive carp’s spread across Lake Michigan

 The fish are just a human-made waterway away from getting into the Great Lake HOLY CARP   If Asian carp (silver…

Two of four Ebola treatments prove highly effective in a clinical trial

 The field experiment will now focus on only the top-performing therapies SUITING UP  In the Congolese city of Beni,…

Even without concussions, just one football season may damage players’ brains

 Collisions in practices and games may be causing changes in white matter in the brain stem CRUNCH Over a…

Plants don’t have feelings and aren’t conscious, a biologist argues

 Lincoln Taiz and colleagues lament the rise of ‘plant neurobiology’ NOT THE SAME  Plants have no need for the…

A proposed space telescope would use Earth’s atmosphere as a lens

 The ‘terrascope’ would use a detector in space to collect refracted light BIG SHOT  The bending of starlight caused…

Are researchers asking the right questions to prevent mass shootings?

 Learning how to thwart such events may be more effective than analyzing culprits’ backgrounds SEEKING ANSWERS  Concern over recent…

Exploding stars scattered traces of iron over Antarctic snow

 Unlike previous similar detections, the interstellar material dribbled down on Earth recently SUPERNOVA SNOWFALL  Scientists have found a fingerprint…

How these tiny insect larvae leap without legs

 High-speed film reveals the details of a young gall midge’s loop-and-latch maneuver SPRING FLING  Never mind about the absence…