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Gene Drives: A Way to Genetically Engineer Populations
Gene drives occur when a bias in the mechanism of inheritance spreads particular genetic variants through a population. Developments in gene-editing technology now make it possible to construct gene drives that address problems in health,...
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Driving Mosquitoes out of Town
Existing techniques to control mosquito-borne diseases are coming up short. Can gene drives offer hope to the millions affected?
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Gene Drives for Conservation
Gene drives may provide a novel tool to counteract seemingly unstoppable threats to global biodiversity.
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The Future of Pest Control Lies Within (the Pest)
Gene drives could improve global food security by turning pest biology against itself.
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It’s Not Just About “The Science”
Female scientists and health professionals have revealed that opposition to genetically modified food is less about “the science” and more about perceived conflicts with personal values.
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Tasty Treats Diminish Our Capacity for Patience
A new study finds that our recent experience with rewards such as food can change our capacity for patience.
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Ruling the Roost
More than four million Australians suffer from food poisoning each year, many due to bacterial contamination of poultry products. Now nanotechnology is being tested as an alternative to antibiotic use in chickens prior to processing.
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How Early Can We Predict and Prevent Psychosis?
The addition of a simple blood test could improve predictions of a first psychotic episode.
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A Quantum of Silence
Single photons have weird yet useful behaviours, with applications ranging from secure communications to quantum computing. While current silicon photon sources often produce additional “noise photons” that interfere with these emerging...
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COVER STORY
Gene drives occur when a bias in the mechanism of inheritance spreads particular genetic variants through a population. Developments in gene-editing technology now make it possible to construct gene drives that address problems in health, agriculture and conservation.
FEATURES
Existing techniques to control mosquito-borne diseases are coming up short. Can gene drives offer hope to the millions affected?
Gene drives may provide a novel tool to counteract seemingly unstoppable threats to global biodiversity.
Gene drives could improve global food security by turning pest biology against itself.
What are the moral and ethical concerns about gene drives, and how should the technology be regulated?
Female scientists and health professionals have revealed that opposition to genetically modified food is less about “the science” and more about perceived conflicts with personal values.
A new study finds that our recent experience with rewards such as food can change our capacity for patience.
More than four million Australians suffer from food poisoning each year, many due to bacterial contamination of poultry products. Now nanotechnology is being tested as an alternative to antibiotic use in chickens prior to processing.
The addition of a simple blood test could improve predictions of a first psychotic episode.
Single photons have weird yet useful behaviours, with applications ranging from secure communications to quantum computing. While current silicon photon sources often produce additional “noise photons” that interfere with these emerging technologies, new research has discovered a method to quieten this quantum chaos.
Women have evolved to have stronger immunity than men. But this comes with downsides - women are more likely to have autoimmune diseases due to their "reactive" immune systems.
UP FRONT
Gene drives take genetic modification to the population level, with applications in health, conservation and agriculture, but there are also practical and ethical concerns.
conSCIENCE
Online technologies can create echo chambers that reinforce our world views, but does this necessarily mean we need to open ourselves up to alternative facts?
NEUROPSY
A new study proposes a biological cause for misophonia – the pathological hatred of sounds.
LOWE TECH
CSIRO predicted the increasing severity of cyclones 30 years ago.
OUT OF THIS WORLD
Solar storm blackouts could cost $40 billion daily, and volunteers spot an exploded star that pre-dates the dinosaurs.
ECO LOGIC
What is the state of our understanding of the connection between climate change and ecosystem-service assessment?
THE BITTER PILL
An extensive review of integrative medicine by the Australian Ministry of Health found that many of its practices aren’t supported by evidence. Now it’s going by a new name.
THE NAKED SKEPTIC
The loss of specialist reporters in the clickbait era of journalism matters more for science than other rounds.
UP CLOSE
Reproductive biologist Professor David Gardner explains what we're still learning about healthy embryo development, how it's being applied to improve IVF technologies, and the unexpected insights it may offer into how cells implant themselves and proliferate, including how cancers take hold.
DIRECTIONS
The Finkel Review provides a roadmap to investment in clean energy technologies.
EXPERT OPINION
Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, has unveiled a blueprint for the national electricity market that “risks falling short of Australia’s task and opportunities in reducing carbon emissions”.
QUANDARY
The dismal death of Brooke Verity illustrates the need for longitudinal studies of the long-term outcomes of surrogacy.
AUSTRALASIAN SKY
Your map of the night sky this month.