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Linking Gaucher and Parkinson’s Diseases

This month, JScreen’s “Spit Happens” campaign is covering all costs not met by insurance for testing for carrier status for Gaucher disease, thanks to funding from the National Gaucher Foundation. The “spit happens” video is an entertaining view

Parent Roundtable: Before and After Gene Therapy

I dedicate this post – my 200th here at DNA Science – to the rare disease families I’ve met since starting this blog four years ago. You are all amazing! As the lame duck Congress

npr: kqedscience: Jellyfish have survived five mass...

npr: kqedscience: Jellyfish have survived five mass extinctions and manage to live in every ocean. They are the ultimate survivors.  Watch the latest Deep Look video, brought to you by kqedscience and pbsdigitalstudios. Take a break from election and watch this video about jellies. -Emily Brainless, spineless, heartless and outlived the dinosaurs.

montereybayaquarium: Try as she might, MacKenzie Bubel just...

montereybayaquarium: Try as she might, MacKenzie Bubel just couldn’t satisfy the baby comb jellies. The aquarist was attempting to spawn a species called Mnemiopsis leidyi—a ghostly-looking little creature native to the Gulf of Mexico—in the Aquarium’s Jelly Lab. Show More Summary

Harold Hillman obituary

My brother Harold Hillman, who has died aged 85, was a biological scientist whose research had application in resuscitation, animal slaughter, execution techniques and the use of electric stun guns. He found that the lives of peopleShow More Summary

Microscopic world: RPS Scientific Imaging Award 2016 – in pictures

From the parasitic ‘fairy fly’ to paracetamol as you’ve never seen before, Spike Walker, winner of Royal Photographic Society’s new award, shines a light on the hidden world of microscopic forms and structures Continue reading...

Robopocalypse Report #90

Drones: The US laws and regulations for commercial drones are now in effect.The FAA expects as a result that 600k commercial drones will be in the air by year's end. Domino's delivered its first pizzas by drone. Google has partnered with Chipolte to test delivery of burritos via drone. Show More Summary

3 Gene Therapy Trials Report Good News

Here’s an update on some of the rare disease families DNA Science has covered as they travel the long and winding road from diagnosis to gene therapy. The Challenge The rarity of many single-gene diseases

skunkbear: skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal...

skunkbear: skunkbear: You can learn more about this immortal animal in our latest video. An update to the chart - this fish (a Greenland shark): Reaches sexual maturity at 150 years - and lives to be at least 272 years old. That’s older...Show More Summary

Have you been watching Okeanos explorer? If not, this week is your chance!

I’m kind of obsessed with Okeanos Explorer. Why? Because being able to watch a live feed of an ROV exploring the deep ocean on the TV in my living room is pretty amazing. THE FUTURE IS NOW PEOPLE. Okeanos Explorer is a NOAA boat whose sole business is ocean exploration. It uses two ROVs equipped with mega […]

Try as she might, MacKenzie Bubel just couldn’t satisfy the baby...

Try as she might, MacKenzie Bubel just couldn’t satisfy the baby comb jellies. The aquarist was attempting to spawn a species called Mnemiopsis leidyi—a ghostly-looking little creature native to the Gulf of Mexico—in the Aquarium’s Jelly Lab. Show More Summary

An open letter from DSN to our fellow scientists

The recent string of violent tragedies, both in the USA and abroad, have wrenched our hearts and left our minds baffled. Minnesota, Dallas, Baton Rouge, Orlando. This list continues. Some may view these tragedies as separated from science. We disagree, science does not happen in a vacuum. Science happens in the daily interactions of curious […]

skunkbear: Since the frigatebird spends most of its life at sea...

Photo Credit: benketaro/Flickr Photo Credit: Harvey Barrison/Flickr Photo Credit: Lucy Rickards/Flickr Photo Credit: David Surtees Photo Credit: Hans Scholte/Flickr skunkbear: Since the frigatebird spends most of its life at sea its habits aren’t well-known. Show More Summary

The Genetics of Nose-Picking

I’ve been bombarded lately with news releases reporting links between behavior and DNA. In simpler times, genes encoded proteins, and the actions or absence of those proteins caused the trait or disease. But today, investigations

The Ocean Cleanup deployed a prototype and I honestly have A LOT of questions

Judging from the number of emails Miriam and I received from reporters today, the general public wants to hear what we have to say about the project a lot more than the Ocean Cleanup does. But with the new media blitz that is going on, I admit I checked out the prototype that the Ocean […]

amnhnyc: It’s our favorite time of year—Cephalopod Week!—the...

amnhnyc: It’s our favorite time of year—Cephalopod Week!—the annual celebration of all things tentacled. We’re teaming up with @sciencefriday to talk about cephalopods, and celebrate these amazing, adaptive, and sometimes creepy creatures. Today’s Fossil Friday is a look at the diversity of some extinct cephalopods, ammonites. Show More Summary

seafolklore: Flamboyant Cuttlefish by  Beyond The Water...

seafolklore: Flamboyant Cuttlefish by  Beyond The Water Surface Some reasons to appreciate the flamboyant cuttlefish: - It can walk along the seafloor on arms and fins—a rarer mode of transit for this otherwise adept swimmer. - It varies...Show More Summary

Eliza Gets Her Gene Therapy

Keeping a little girl at home for 722 days may seem cruel, but for the O’Neill family, it was a demonstration of astonishing bravery and love. Glenn and Cara O’Neill had isolated their daughter Eliza

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