It’s sunny outside, it’s warm, and it’s Friday. We all want to leave early – maybe you’re one of those who’s already on their way home from the office? Well, here are 5 stories for you to read on your commute. Have a good weekend! 

5 Ways CRISPR Will Save Your Life

Back in 2010, Microsoft-founder Bill Gates said that if he’d started hacking today, he would have focused on biology instead of computers. Considering the potential of CRISPR, it’s easy to see why. Bioengineering is becoming a game of Ctrl-X, C and V, and saving countless of lives along the way. Just about anyone with a good idea, motivation and a little technical savvy can get into bioengineering and biohacking. Here are five ways that CRISPR can revolutionise how we do things.

Genomics to Successfully Recover Island of Foxes

The California Channel Islands have a unique flora and fauna. The California Island Fox is a crucial species on the island’s ecosystem and co-inhabited the islands with humans for thousands of years. However, as European settlers populated the islands about 200 years ago, activities such as ranching and hunting had a disruptive effect on the environment, causing island foxes to join the list of endangered species. In the last decades, efforts using archaeology, and more recently genomics, have led to a successful recovery of island foxes, together with the restoration of a healthy environment on the islands. See the YouTube clip below to learn how genomic technologies can be integrated with archaeology to restore species and ecosystems:

Is Running Ability Down to Effort or DNA?

If you’re really serious about competitive running, there are companies that test your DNA to determine your sporting potential. But does it work? The Guardian Journalist David Bradford set out to find out and got in touch with DNAFit, the leading provider, and asked them if they would blind-test his DNA plus a few other samples. To his surprise, they said yes…

Skipped the Pill and Flushed it Down the Toilet?

That may not be a good idea. Human drugs have a significant impact on wildlife, and scientists are becoming increasingly concerned about the consequences of thousands of waste substances. Happening right now – male fish are mutating into females because of waste chemicals, experts warns.

Pregnant and Craving Sugar? That May Raise Risk of Allergies

Pregnant women who eat large amounts of sugar may be more likely to have children with allergies, a new study suggests. Out of 9,000 women, those who ate high levels of sugar during pregnancy were around twice as likely to have a child that went on to develop allergic asthma, then women who ate relatively little sugar. But still, never tell a pregnant lady to drop the doughnut.