Scientists ♥ Their Emojis, But It’s Complicated

The scientific community has lots of feelings about emoji representation. Geologists are excited about the new rock emoji, for example, but reviews are mixed when it comes to the fly. Emojipedia hide caption toggle caption Emojipedia The scientific community has lots of feelings about emoji …

Scientists Create New, More Powerful Technique To Edit Genes

Scientists are exploring a new technique, called prime editing, that is more precise than CRISPR and which uses certain enzymes, including reverse transcriptase, to edit DNA. Evan Oto/Science Source hide caption toggle caption Evan Oto/Science Source Scientists are exploring a new technique, called prime editing, …

What’s Behind The Research Funding Gap For Black Scientists?

A recent study looked at funding rates for R01 grant applications, which are designed to support “health-related research and development based on the mission of the NIH.” In general, population-based projects were less likely to be funded than explorations of cellular mechanisms, the study found. …

Scientists Attempt Controversial Experiment To Edit DNA In Human Sperm Using CRISPR

June Wang, a Weill Cornell Medicine lab technician, views a sample of human sperm. She’s preparing to try to edit the DNA in the sample with a gene-editing technique called CRISPR. Elias Williams for NPR hide caption toggle caption Elias Williams for NPR June Wang, …

Scientists Create A Device That Can Mass-Produce ‘Synthetic’ Human Embryos

These human embryo-like structures (top) were synthesized from human stem cells; they’ve been stained to illustrate different cell types. Below, images of the “embryoids” in the new device that was invented to make them. Yi Zheng/University of Michigan, Ann Arbor hide caption toggle caption Yi …

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