Why cancer cells waste so much energy

MIT study sheds light on the longstanding question of why cancer cells get their energy from fermentation.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 15, 2021 ~6 min

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Ancient DNA shines light on Caribbean history, prehistory

New answers have emerged from the largest genome-wide study to date of ancient human DNA in the Americas.

Stephanie Dutchen • harvard
Dec. 23, 2020 ~12 min

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DNA synthesis method generates ‘true random numbers’

From slot machines to data encryption, many fields need true random numbers. Now researchers have generated them using DNA synthesis for the first time.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
Nov. 20, 2020 ~5 min

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Add ‘molecular Darwinism’ to theory of evolution?

Darwin's theory of evolution should be expanded to include consideration of a DNA stability "energy code"—so-called "molecular Darwinism"—say scientists.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Nov. 17, 2020 ~4 min

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Animal poop DNA could transform conservation

DNA in animal feces could help researchers get a picture of an entire ecosystem and the secondary effects of extinction or invasive species.

Rob Jordan-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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There were 5 types of dogs 11,000 years ago

New research sheds light the bond between dogs and people. "We note a clear link between the movement of people and the introduction of a new type of dogs."

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
Oct. 30, 2020 ~5 min

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Disputes over when life begins may block cutting-edge reproductive technologies like mitochondrial replacement therapies

The nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett has implications for how assisted reproductive technologies, which can prevent the transmission of disease from parents to child, are regulated.

Diana Bowman, Associate Dean for International Engagement in the College of Law, Arizona State University • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~10 min

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Enzymatic DNA synthesis sees the light

Controlling a DNA-synthesizing enzyme with photolithographic methods from the computer chip industry facilitates multiplexed writing and storage of digital data in DNA.

Benjamin Boettner • harvard
Oct. 19, 2020 ~9 min

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Does mating explain variation in great ape Y chromosomes?

New research indicates rapid evolution in some great ape Y chromosomes, but not others. The scientists wonder if mating habits are why.

Sam Sholtis-Penn State • futurity
Oct. 7, 2020 ~9 min

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Nobel Prize for CRISPR honors two great scientists – and leaves out many others

Most scientific discoveries these days aren't easily ascribed to a single researcher. CRISPR is no different – and ongoing patent fights underscore how messy research can be.

Marc Zimmer, Professor of Chemistry, Connecticut College • conversation
Oct. 7, 2020 ~9 min

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