Thanks to a spot of genetic hacking, silkworms can make a new form of silk not found in nature that includes a synthetic amino acid. It could be used in medicine… Read the rest
As in Kang’s mystery novel “A Beautiful Poison,” poisons play a starring role in her new nonfiction book, “Quackery.” She and her co-author, Nate Pedersen, explore some of medicine’s most bizarre theories on the uses of everything from arsenic to radium. Deborah Blum interviews her for Undark.… Read the rest
Human eggs have been removed in their most primitive state and brought to maturity in the lab for the first time, potentially boosting fertility treatments.… Read the rest
Excessive intake of sugar has been linked to a huge variety of health problems, many of them a consequence of the obesity that’s also linked to excessive sugar. That’s led many people to switch to drinks with artificial sweeteners that aren’t metabolized by the body. A new study is now suggesting that these sweeteners are associated with their own health risks, namely stroke and dementia. But the study doesn’t get into causality, and there’s enough oddities in the data to suggest that it’s not time to purge your fridge just yet.
The study, run by a collaboration of Boston-based researchers, relied on a cohort of individuals that had been recruited starting in 1971. On average, every four years since, the… Read the rest
Her skin is perpetually on fire. He can’t even feel a bone break. Together they might hold the key to ending America’s opioid epidemic. The post How a Single Gene Could Become a Volume Knob for Pain appeared first on WIRED.… Read the rest