Base editing, a new form of gene therapy, sharply lowers bad cholesterol in clinical trial
29 articles from SUNDAY 12.11.2023
- 23/11/12 21:30
Is some of the body that collided with Earth to form the moon still recognizable inside our planet?
A technique for precisely rewriting the genetic code directly in the body has slashed “bad” cholesterol levels—possibly for life—in three people prone to dangerously high levels of the artery-clogging fat. The feat relied on a blood infusion of a so-called base editor, designed to disable a liver protein, PCSK9, that regulates cholesterol.
“It is a breakthrough to have...
Scientists find 14 new transient objects in space by peering through the 'Christmas Tree Galaxy Cluster'
Scientists have dated the birth of the solar system to about 4.57 billion years ago. About 60 million years later a "giant impact" collision between the infant Earth and a Mars-sized body called Theia created the moon.
EU parliamentarians agree on law to restore natural environments
An international team of scientists, led by University of Missouri's Haojing Yan, used NASA's James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) to discover 14 new transient objects during their time-lapse study of galaxy cluster MACS0416—located about 4.3 billion light years from Earth—which they've dubbed "The Christmas Tree Galaxy Cluster."
57 years ago, two astronauts saw the first solar eclipse from space
The European Parliament on Thursday agreed on a controversial law to restore degraded environments to their natural state.
- 23/11/12 17:30
Exposing plants to an unusual chemical early on may bolster their growth and help feed the world
On Nov. 12, 1966, totality sliced across South America. Its progress began north of Peru’s capital, Lima, before forging a 52-mile-wide (84 kilometers) southeasterly swath of totality to plunge northern Chile and Bolivia, the foothills of northwestern Argentina and Paraguay’s rural southwest, and almost as far as the southern tip of Brazil, into an etherealContinue reading "57 years ago, two...
How scientists are using poop to track climate-change effects on pikas and their mountain home
Just like any other organism, plants can get stressed. Usually it's conditions like heat and drought that lead to this stress, and when they're stressed, plants might not grow as large or produce as much. This can be a problem for farmers, so many scientists have tried genetically modifying plants to be more resilient.
The openness of talking to strangers – and the intimate stories they share
American pikas are more than just adorable little mountain dwellers — they're also a potential canary in the coal mine when it comes to the impact of climate change on their ecosystem. B.C. researchers are now developing new ways to better monitor their...
A new approach to understanding Aboriginal foodways
The stories people tell me about their lives can be funny, surprising, tragic or shocking – and some stay with me for yearsI can distinctly remember being in the back seat of the family car on a long journey (to Devon probably – that drive felt interminable), looking at all the other cars full of people and thinking, “Where on earth are they all going and why?” As my eyes went funny trying...
How digital twins may enable personalised health treatment
A University of Queensland-led research team says the key to a more sustainable food future may be a better understanding of ancient Indigenous food production systems.
Start of World Cup ski season falls victim to 'heavy snowfall'
Research is growing into computational models that will move medicine beyond what works on the average patientImagine having a digital twin that gets ill, and can be experimented on to identify the best possible treatment, without you having to go near a pill or a surgeon’s knife. Scientists believe that within five to 10 years, “in silico” trials – in which hundreds of virtual organs are...
German big wave surfer turns to science to tame the breakers
Strong winds and "heavy snowfall" on Saturday caused the delayed opening round of the men's World Cup skiing season to be cancelled at the controversial cross-border venue of Zermatt-Cervinia.
Fly larvae: Costa Rica's sustainable protein for animal feed
Sebastian Steudtner already holds the world record for the largest wave ever surfed, but as the giant wave season begins, the German is looking to science and technology to chase a new high.
How researchers, farmers and brewers want to safeguard beer against climate change
Raised in vertical farms and stuffed with fruit waste, fly larvae have been turned into animal feed, as a new Costa Rican venture in sustainability is demonstrating.
SpaceX hopes for second Starship flight test next week
On a bright day this fall, tractors crisscrossed Gayle Goschie's farm about an hour outside Portland, Oregon. Goschie is in the beer business—a fourth-generation hops farmer. Fall is the off-season, when the trellises are bare, but recently, her farming team has been adding winter barley, a relatively newer crop in the world of beer, to their rotation, preparing barley seeds by the bucketful.
‘Violent colonialist’ Magellan is unfit to keep his place in the night sky, say astronomers
SpaceX is hoping to re-launch Starship, the most powerful rocket ever built, next week, the company said, after an attempt in April ended in a spectacular explosion.
Floating factories of artificial leaves could make green fuel for jets and ships
Indigenous peoples already had their own names for the galaxies named after the 16th-century Portuguese explorerFor centuries Ferdinand Magellan has been accorded a rare privilege. The explorer’s name has been written in the stars. Two satellite galaxies of our own Milky Way, which sparkle conspicuously over the southern hemisphere, are labelled the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds.Now...
Cambridge University scientists develop a device to ‘defossilise’ the economy using sunlight, water and carbon dioxideAutomated floating factories that manufacture green versions of petrol or diesel could soon be in operation thanks to pioneering work at the University of Cambridge. The revolutionary system would produce a net-zero fuel that would burn without creating fossil-derived emissions...