Science & Tech

Questioning animal research

Science | The EPA plans to eliminate some animal testing by 2020
by Julie Borg
Posted 9/19/19, 02:46 pm

The Environmental Protection Agency has a plan to end scientific testing on mammals by 2035, but some researchers and doctors worry humans are not ready for the change.

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Technically allowed, ethically wrong

Science | Scientists turn to editing sperm to get around criticism of embryo research
by Julie Borg
Posted 9/12/19, 02:03 pm

Want a child with blue eyes and a 130 IQ who is a super athlete? Given the pace at which scientists are rushing to edit the human genome, made-to-order babies could exist sooner than we imagine. Though the World Health Organization called for a global ban on editing human embryos in March, a team of reproductive biologists in New York City has found a way around the restriction.

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Researchers wrap up Loch Ness DNA hunt

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/06/19, 10:34 am

Scientists who studied DNA samples from Loch Ness in Scotland said the lake’s legendary monster could be a giant eel. But a lot of little eels also could have caused the surprisingly high amount of eel DNA in the lake, according to Neil Gemmell, a professor at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

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