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Scientists clone monkeys for the first time

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/25/18, 11:21 am

Scientists in China announced this week the birth of two healthy baby monkey clones. Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai cloned the infant macaques, about 7 and 8 weeks old, from a monkey fetus. The monkeys’ births are the first successful attempt to clone primates, showing that cloning humans could be theoretically possible, scientists said. “The barrier of cloning primate species is now overcome,” said researcher Muming Poo. But the team that engineered the monkey clones has no intent of trying to do the same to humans.

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Molecular researchers win chemistry Nobel

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 10/04/17, 11:29 am

Three researchers, based in the U.K., United States, and Switzerland, won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry Wednesday for developing a technology that allows scientists to freeze and then document biomolecules mid-movement. The method, called cryo-electron microscopy, creates a detailed image, allowing scientists to see molecular processes never seen before. The development is like “the Google Earth for molecules,” said American Chemical Society president Allison Campbell.

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Einstein’s academic heirs win physics Nobel

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/03/17, 11:03 am

Three U.S.-based scientists won the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for detecting gravitational waves rippling through space as Albert Einstein predicted a century ago. The discovery energized the scientific world with confirmation of Einstein’s theory of relativity, which posits that 3-D space and time are woven in a single continuum, commonly called a fabric, that can stretch, shrink, and tremble.

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