New Gene-Editing Tools Aim to Fight Disease

[ad_1] Scientists have developed genetic tools that help solve two of the problems hampering genome-editing superweapon CRISPR. These discoveries provide new hope for treating, or even curing, certain genetic diseases. The first is led by Harvard biochemist David Liu, who last year invented a method of switching single letters in the 3-billion-letter human genome to […]

Surprise: Sleepwalkers Are Better at Automatic Walking

[ad_1] Sorry, George A. Romero: Real-life zombies—er, sleepwalkers—actually do move quite fast. A study published in the journal Current Biology confirms that somnambulists exhibited increased automation in their movements. Using full-body motion capture and virtual reality feedback, researchers from England’s University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland […]

Happy Birthday, Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith!

[ad_1] Happy birthday, Matt Smith—you whimsical hipster, you. Born and raised in Northampton, England, Smith’s dreams of becoming a professional footballer soccer player were dashed by a serious back injury in his late teens. In place of athletics (and with the persistent encouragement of his drama teacher), the schoolboy turned to acting, as you do. Following […]