Ben Shepard
Ben Shepard

World News

Find out what’s happening in Science & Society around the world. Discover changes to science policy and law, new scientific study results, Supreme Court rulings, debates about nature versus nurture, and news about the sharing of genetic information.

Mon, Oct 30

Scientists And Surgeons Team Up To Create Virtual Human Brain Cells

Scientists in Seattle have created three-dimensional computer reconstructions of living human brain cells by studying tissue that is usually discarded during surgery.

Read the full article on NPR.

Fri, Oct 27

CRISPR 2.0 Is Here, and It’s Way More Precise

You’ve probably heard of the molecular scalpel CRISPR-Cas9, which can edit or delete whole genes. Now, scientists have developed a more precise version of the DNA-editing tool that can repair even smaller segments of a person’s genome.

Read the full article on MIT Technology Review.

Mon, Oct 16

Artificial Intelligence Lets Self-Driving Cars ‘See Around Corners’

The imaging system—dubbed CornerCameras—was built by AI researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) for seeing around obstructions using standard camera technology.

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Wed, Oct 11

Better ‘mini brains’ could help scientists identify treatments for Zika-related brain damage

UCLA researchers develop improved technique for creating brain tissue from stem cells.

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Sun, Oct 08

Will assisted suicide always provide a quick and gentle death?

Sean Riley, MA Bioethics & Science Policy ’16 and end-of-life researcher, reviews the patchy record of the drugs used in executions and physician-assisted suicide.

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