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    Oral arguments for who owns CRISPR-Cas9 start next month

    Oral arguments for who owns CRISPR-Cas9 start next month

    The date has been set for oral arguments to begin over who owns the patent rights to the gene-editing wonder CRISPR-Cas9. Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna and her colleague from the Max Planck Institute Emmanuelle Charpentier head to court on December 6th to face off against MIT’s Feng Zhang and present their argument before three US Patent and Trademark Office judges on why… Read More

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    Genetics startup Genos wants to pay you for your DNA data

    Genetics startup Genos wants to pay you for your DNA data

    The first whole human genome sequencing cost a whopping $2.7 billion. That didn’t bode well for making any breakthroughs on genetic disorders. Luckily, the cost has dropped dramatically since then, leading to a new breed of consumer genetics startups taking a deeper dive into all the double helix’s that make up you. Genos is one of those startups using a next-generation… Read More

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    Gut health startup uBiome has raised $15.5 million and is launching a DNA test for your poop

    Gut health startup uBiome has raised $15.5 million and is launching a DNA test for your poop

    There are a lot of startups looking at your DNA these days but uBiome stands out as unique among them for testing the DNA of microorganisms found in your fecal matter. These bugs have a lot to do with your health and the startup is launching a clinical screening test called SmartGut to sequence the DNA of those microbes. uBiome tells TechCrunch it has also closed on $15.5 million in Series… Read More

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    Influential software designer Keith Ohlfs passes away at 52

    Influential software designer Keith Ohlfs passes away at 52

    It’s a strange sort of legacy, but it’s the kind that’s ever present – the dreaded spinning pinwheel or beach ball or wheel of death. That bright, rainbow colored circle that pops up when an application in busy in macOS. It’s one of the most instantly recognizable of Keith Ohlfs’ many contributions to the modern operating system interface. The UX designer… Read More

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    Jeff Bezos, Mayo Clinic back anti-aging startup Unity Biotechnology for $116 million

    Jeff Bezos, Mayo Clinic back anti-aging startup Unity Biotechnology for $116 million

    Every once in a while someone in Silicon Valley brings up the possibility of living forever, or at least a really long time, but first we’re going to need to figure out a way to enjoy all those extra years. Unity Biotechnology is a startup focusing on medicines to help us do that by slowing the effects of age-related diseases. And the company announced it has pulled in a whopping… Read More

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    Scientists made babies from mouse skin cells

    Scientists made babies from mouse skin cells

    A group of Japanese scientists from Kyushu University has successfully turned mouse skin cells into baby mice without the use of egg cells. The technology skips over the usual method of fertilizing egg cells with sperm and instead uses a method to grow the cells with the necessary chromosomal pairs needed for life to begin. This is the first time something like this has ever been achieved… Read More

  • Bryan Johnson invests $100 million in Kernel to unlock the power of the human brain

    Bryan Johnson invests $100 million in Kernel to unlock the power of the human brain

    Earlier this year, former Braintree founder Bryan Johnson publicly announced his plans to forge Kernel, a company with the sole purpose of building hardware and software to augment human intelligence. Today, Johnson is investing $100 million of his own money into the concept, looking to rapidly double the size of his team, shore up a portfolio of intellectual property and prepare for animal… Read More

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    Experimental “stretchy” optical fibers could warn about disease early

    Experimental “stretchy” optical fibers could warn about disease early

    A new type of optical fiber – a channel capable of transporting light – developed by MIT and Harvard Medical School researchers could make it far easier to detect the onset of disease early, or track the progress of healing and treatment. The new “stretchy,” rubber-like optical fiber created by the team can be stretched and bent, and is made almost entirely of water in… Read More

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    Biotech startup Zymergen nabs $130 million from Softbank

    Biotech startup Zymergen nabs $130 million from Softbank

    Zymergen, a Bay Area startup creating all sorts of materials from genetically altered microbes, just raised $130 million in Series B funding from Softbank. For those unfamiliar, the company makes crazy new materials out of genetically altered microbes. It was busy buying up a bunch of robots to make these microbes for mass production of various materials during its last round of funding. CEO… Read More

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