Time flies! Yet another week is over. Hopefully, you’re one of those who says waves and screams Sayonara before leaving the office today, because you’re going on holiday. If you’re not, well, prepare on saying good morning on Monday. Here are 5 stories worth reading before shutting your brain off before the weekend. 

‘We’re All Mutants Now’: The Trouble With Genetic Testing

Bringing genetics into medicine leads to more accuracy, better diagnosis and personalised treatment, but not for everyone. Carrie Arnold meets families for whom gene testing has led only to unanswered questions. 

9 Amazing Things We’ve Achieved in 2017 With Help From CRISPR

There’s a good reason why the powerful CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool has earned the moniker of being ‘revolutionary’. The relatively easy technique for cutting and pasting genes has exploded onto the scientific scene, and over the past years, there’s been no shortage of spectacular results delivered thanks to this amazing tool. Just this year alone, researchers have made advances in fighting diseases, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, mosquitoes and much more… 

Should Genetic Engineering Be Used as a Tool for Conservation? 

Researchers are considering to use synthetic biology for such conservation goals as eradicating invasive species or strengthening endangered coral. But environmentalists are worried about the ethical questions and unwanted consequences of this new gene-altering technology. 

Making Telepathy Possible

Imagine if telepathy were real. If, for example, you could transmit your thoughts to a computer or to another person just by thinking them. According to Mary Lou Jepsen, a former engineering executive at Google[x], Facebook and Intel to mention some, telepathy will be a thing in just eight years, thanks to technology her company are working on. 

Pipetting and Cell Isolation in Space: Squeezing Innovation Out of the NASA Twins Study

Just like early explorers, the NASA Twins Study investigators are venturing into new territory. Conducting human omics research on twin astronauts as part of the one-year mission that took place aboard the International Space Station is one such venture. As technology evolves, so does the research.