COFFEE BREAK NEWS FOR LIFE SCIENTISTS

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.

monkey

Chinese Scientists Clone GM Macaques to Study Mental Disorders in a World’s First

Researchers from the Chinese
Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai have been the first
to clone genetically-altered primates. Five infant macaques share the exact
same genes, derived from a fibroblast taken from the skin of a donor monkey.
This technique could theoretically produce an unlimited number of replicas and provide
clear benefits for medical testing.