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Scientists Are Gene-Hacking Bacteria To Mass-Produce Spider Silk

Scientists from Washington University in St. Louis have
found a new method to genetically alter bacteria
and acquire super-strong spider silk. Farming spiders is incredibly inefficient and finding a way to
mass-produce the material would bring us a
step away from a ready supply of incredibly resilient fabrics.
The method could clear the way for the production
of other scarce proteins that could even be used
for future space missions.

DNA

WHO Panel Calls for Registry of Human Gene-Editing Projects

An advisory panel to the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for the creation of a global registry to monitor gene-editing research in humans. The recommendations of the 18-person committee are aimed at improving transparency and responsibility in the field. An advisory committee did not recommend banning human gene-editing research, but researchers will have to register with the government before beginning an experiment.

cannabis

Scientists Use GM Brewer’s Yeast to Produce THC and Other Cannabinoids

Researchers from the University of California have modified brewer’s yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) to manufacture cannabis
compounds including the psychoactive chemical THC in a world’s first. This
technology could soon provide researchers with cheaper, more efficient and
reliable access to medicinal cannabis compounds that are found in trace amounts
in nature.

rupees

India’s New Pay-per-Paper Proposal Sparks Controversy

Indian researchers are criticizing a government proposal by which graduate
students who publish in select journals
will be paid extra money. Such a practice
could degrade the quality of research and increase scientific misconduct,
critics say. Months-long protests of academics against the proposal have just concluded
in India and new ones are already on the
horizon.

loneliness

Feeling Lonely? A Pill Could Help

Humans are social beings and loneliness can have a lasting impact on our physical well-being. According to scientists from the Brain Dynamics Lab, modern life is leading people toward greater isolation which can trigger many disorders. Their plan is to tackle loneliness with medication, and doing so, prevent the onset of harsher psychological problems that may follow.