NPR visited the only lab in the world known to be trying to use the powerful gene-editing tool CRISPR to modify the DNA in human sperm. If successful, it could be used to prevent genetic disorders.
First it was human embryos. Now scientists are trying to develop another way to modify human DNA that can be passed on to future generations, NPR has learned.
Reproductive biologists at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City are attempting to use the powerful gene-editing technique called CRISPR to alter genes in human sperm. NPR got exclusive access to watch the controversial experiments underway.
The research is aimed at finding new ways to prevent disorders caused by genetic mutations that are passed down from men — including some forms of male infertility. The team is starting with a gene that can increase the risk for breast, ovarian, prostate and other cancers.
French inventor Franky Zapata successfully crossed the the English Channel on Sunday, riding on a jet-powered hoverboard he designed. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
Japan’s government approved a request for stem-cell experiments meant to create an animal-human hybrid and allow it to be brought to term.
The experiment, which still requires approval from the Japanese science ministry, would create animal embryos that contain human cells and transplant them into surrogate animals.
While other countries have experimented on creating human-animal embryos, Japan is now the first country to support experiments that will allow animals with human cells to come to full-term.
Elon Musk wants to get inside your brain. No, seriously. That’s the root of a new endeavor he announced July 16 in a presentation livestreamed from California Academy of Science. It’s called Neuralink , and the name is pretty literal.
Neuralink’s goal is to link microscopic processors in your brain with threads more narrow than human hair. Those threads read activity in the brain’s neurons and permit the user to control things with the mind, sending data to sensors on the skull—data which is then processed by a hearing aid-like computer worn behind one ear.
Elon Musk’s start-up Neuralink is aiming to connect the human brain with a machine interface “before the end of next year”, the CEO announced on Tuesday.
During a Q&A session, Elon Musk said Neuralink had begun testing its brain-computer interface technology on rats and monkeys.
Elon Musk took his colleagues by surprise with an unplanned announcement at a presentation by his secretive neurotechnology company, Neuralink, on Tuesday.
Musk cofounded Neuralink in 2016. Its goal is to create a chip that could enable a “brain-computer interface.” And according to Musk, the company has already had some success — with monkeys.