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Activist-doctor bares death threats

Oct 23, 2019 - 7:55 PM

University of the Philippines College of Medicine assistant professor Gene Nisperos says the threats result from the prevailing culture of intolerance for critical thinking and dissent

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It'll be all white: Scientists create albino lizards

Aug 28, 2019 - 12:31 PM

In a paper describing the breakthrough in the journal Cell Press, researchers say it could help us better understand vision problems in humans with albinism

This undated handout photo obtained August 27, 2019 courtesy of Doug Menke and the University of Georgia shows an albino lizard. A powerful gene-editing technology known as CRISPR has led to a number of breakthroughs in recent years in mice, plants and humans, but getting the technology to work on reptiles had proved impossible because of key differences in how they reproduce. A team of scientists at the University of Georgia have now overcome these challenges to successfully make index finger sized albino anole lizards, and say it could help us better understand vision problems in humans with albinism."For quite some time we've been wrestling with how to modify reptile genomes and manipulate genes in reptiles, but we've been stuck in the mode of how gene editing is being done in the major model systems" said Doug Menke, co-author of a paper that described the work in Cell Press on August 27, 2019. Doug MENKE / The University of Georgia / AFP

Genes, yes, but obesity pandemic mostly down to diet – study

Jul 04, 2019 - 10:53 PM

Researchers say that for people genetically predisposed to a wider girth, these unhealthy lifestyles compounded the problem, resulting in an even higher rate of weight gain

China's second gene-edited fetus is 12-14 weeks old

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:14 AM

State media in China report that a preliminary investigation confirms that a second woman became pregnant and that she will be put under medical observation

The dawn of the age of the genetically fashionable

Dec 09, 2018 - 11:00 AM

What He Jiankui has done is the genetic version of the 'like' game on social media

China halts activities of baby gene-editing scientist

Nov 29, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Chinese science and technology vice minister Xu Nanping says the 'gene-edited babies incident as reported by media blatantly violated our country's relevant laws and regulations'

In this picture taken on November 28, 2018, Chinese scientist He Jiankui reacts during a panel discussion after his speech at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong. A scientist who upended a Hong Kong conference with his claim to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies cancelled a fresh talk and was heavily criticised by organisers on November 29, who labelled him as irresponsible. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

China scientist defends gene-editing babies but pauses trial

Nov 28, 2018 - 8:49 PM

The Chinese scientist who claims to have created the world's first genetically-edited babies says he is 'proud' of the highly controversial procedure but says the trial is halted because of the international outcry

Chinese scientist He Jiankui speaks at the Second International Summit on Human Genome Editing in Hong Kong on November 28, 2018. Organisers of a conference that has been upended by gene-edited baby revelations are holding their breath as to what He, the controversial scientist at the centre of the "breakthrough", will say when he takes the stage on November 28. Anthony WALLACE / AFP

Why the Senate backed Trillanes but not De Lima vs Duterte

Sep 23, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Among the key factors are the senators' ties with their colleagues and the ratings of President Rodrigo Duterte

LOOK: U.P. opens cutting-edge genome research center

Sep 12, 2018 - 7:51 PM

The Philippine Genome Center in Diliman promises to conduct molecular-level research in the fields of health and medicine, agriculture, forensics and ethnicity, industry, and the environment

GENETIC RESEARCH. The UP-PGC Genome Center in Diliman, Quezon City on September 11, 2018. aPhoto by Jire Carreon/Rappler

[OPINION] Duterte resignation under the new federalism charter a bluff

Jul 22, 2018 - 9:00 AM

President Duterte knows very well that the real writing of the constitution will happen in Congress, where his lieutenants will in no way allow him to bid them goodbye midway in his term

[OPINION] Duterte’s federalism Con-Com missed most important homework

Jul 21, 2018 - 4:30 PM

No wonder the Consultative Committee has finished its draft constitution two weeks ahead of President Duterte’s State of the Nation Address – it passes to someone else the crucial, dirty, and most difficult job of having a transition plan

Gene-editing damages DNA more than previously thought – study

Jul 17, 2018 - 12:10 AM

The research shows 'changes in the DNA have been seriously underestimated before now,' says Allan Bradley of the Wellcome Sanger Institute, who co-authored a study published in the journal Nature Biotechnology

EJKs, corruption, China: How the Senate backs Duterte and allies

Jun 28, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) From delaying investigations, ousting chairpersons, and clearing administration officials, the Senate has supported President Rodrigo Duterte in his two years in office

Painter Gene de Loyola shot dead in Rizal

Apr 20, 2018 - 3:23 PM

Gene de Loyola's work covers the dark Marcos era and the struggles of living in the Philippine countryside

SHOT DEAD. Gene de Loyola's self portrait. Photo courtesy of De Loyola's family

SWS won't be used for 'undemocratic change' – Mangahas

Apr 14, 2018 - 7:36 AM

'We are a democratic institution. Our work is helping democracy,' says Social Weather Stations president Mahar Mangahas

SWS president Mahar Mangahas at a UP forum on April 13, 2018. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Duterte wants charter change to ‘avoid accountability’ for EJKs – analyst

Apr 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) UP political scientist Gene Lacza Pilapil says there are 3 ways for President Duterte to be protected from prosecution after his term under the 1987 Constitution ends in 2022

Rappler Talk: Is the Philippines ready for federalism?

Apr 09, 2018 - 1:40 PM

Is federalism fundamentally problematic for the Philippines, or is it simply not the right time?

Gene therapies are proving their worth, but with million dollar price tags, it's not clear who should pay for them

Mar 31, 2018 - 10:00 AM

Is witnessing a starry night worth an eye-watering $425,000 per eye?

GENE THERAPY. Gene therapies became a clinical reality in 2017. Festa/Shutterstock

[OPINION] Suspending elections involves shameless power grab

Mar 27, 2018 - 11:00 AM

The statement of President Duterte that he will step down in 2022 even if a federal constitution is passed is as good as his campaign promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys

[OPINION] Notes of caution on Duterte’s preferred constitutional overhaul

Mar 26, 2018 - 11:00 AM

No democratic country with an existing unitary-presidential setup has been crazy enough to make these constitutional overhauls at the same time

New charter should ban Duterte reelection 'to protect democracy'

Mar 13, 2018 - 1:30 PM

A UP professor doubts President Rodrigo Duterte's vow not to extend his term, saying it is like his 'campaign promise to ride a jet ski to the Spratlys'

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Breast cancer gene does not boost risk of death – study

Jan 12, 2018 - 2:58 PM

In fact, they may have a 'survival advantage' over non-carriers if diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, a form that is particularly hard to treat, a team writes in the journal The Lancet Oncology

Breast cancer mutation

2017 top science stories: Space 'visitors', smartphone addiction, and your pet dog

Dec 19, 2017 - 11:45 AM

What are the biggest stories, discoveries and ideas in science this 2017? The Mind Movers of the Mind Museum list down some of the most important ones from the past 12 months.

Genetic tool that can doom a species under UN review

Dec 06, 2017 - 7:38 AM

Gene drive advocates and critics square off in Montreal this week in an obscure working group under the Convention on Biological Diversity

GENETIC LAB. In this file photo, doctor performs laboratory tests in the Genetic Research Center of the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) Microbiology Research Institute in Tegucigalpa on February 5, 2016. Orlando Sierra/AFP

Blackpanda CEO sees opportunities in PH amid security threats

Oct 03, 2017 - 3:25 PM

Gene Yu, chief executive officer and co-founder of private security firm Blackpanda, says there is room for businesses to improve their safety protocols

FORMER GREEN BERET. Blackpanda CEO Gene Yu visits the Philippines during a time when security breaches, drug war, and terrorism attacks are making headlines. Instead of being discouraged, he sees a business opportunity. Image from Blackpanda

Disease gene 'edited' in human embryos in scientific first

Aug 03, 2017 - 8:29 AM

The researchers successful use of the CRISPR gene editing tool in viable embryos was hailed as a technical feat by outside experts who called at the same time for deeper debate on the ethics of altering human DNA

Gene editing mulled for improving livestock

Feb 21, 2017 - 10:19 AM

Scientists and consumer groups say there is not enough evidence yet to shed light on the potential risks of gene editing particularly regarding its trickle down effects on the environment and the ecosystem

This photo taken on August 11, 2013 shows cows standing patiently as they are milked on a dairy farm near Cambridge in New Zealand's Waikato region. William West/AFP

Will gene editing end the worldwide problem of malaria?

Oct 10, 2016 - 4:47 PM

Gene editing Biotechnology may bring about an end to malaria but will it have unforeseen effects down the line?

MOQUITO RESEARCH. Lab technicians conducting mosquito research at Ifakara Health Institute in Tanzania. Photo from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website.

Life-altering science moves fast, sparking debate

Sep 06, 2016 - 4:51 PM

Scientific techniques that can wipe out invasive species or alter mosquitoes ability to carry disease are pushing ahead raising concerns about the ethics of permanently changing the natural world

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Aug 30, 2016 - 7:54 PM

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Aug 30, 2016 - 12:43 PM

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Pemeran Willy Wonka, Gene Wilder, tutup usia

Aug 30, 2016 - 12:29 PM

Gene meninggal dunia akibat komplikasi penyakit alzheimer yang dideritanya

Gene Wilder, pemeran Willy Wonka, meninggal dunia di usia 83 tahun akibat komplikasi penyakit alzheimer yang dideritanya. Foto oleh: Yetta Tondang/AFP

'Will and Grace' stars, Russell Crowe, and more pay tribute to Gene Wilder

Aug 30, 2016 - 9:31 AM

Olivia Wilde Uzo Aduba director Mel Brooks and more remember the great Gene Wilder

REMEMBERING GENE. Debra Messing, Russell Crowe, and Uzo Aduba are some of the stars who have paid tribte to the late Gene Wilder. Photos by Mike Nelson/Ian Langsdon/Paul Buck/EPA

'Willy Wonka' star Gene Wilder dead at 83

Aug 30, 2016 - 8:36 AM

The actor died of complications from Alzheimer s holding hands with family members and taking his last breath as Ella Fitzgerald s Somewhere Over The Rainbow played on a speaker

COMEDY LEGEND. This file photo taken on September 7, 1984 shows US actor and director Gene Wilder of the movie 'The Woman in Red' during the 10th American Film Festival of Deauville.  Mychele Daniau/AFP/File

Americans worry about 'super-human' technologies – poll

Jul 26, 2016 - 10:41 PM

When asked about gene editing which could reduce the risk of serious disease in babies at risk 68 of Americans say they would be very or somewhat worried

Too soon to release GM mosquitoes to fight Zika –US study

Jun 09, 2016 - 8:05 PM

With new gene editing techniques modifications can quickly spread through a population via a gene drive greatly increasing chances that the altered gene will become widespread

ZIKA MOSQUITO. A view through a microscope shows the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which transmits the virus Zika, at a laboratory at the National Institute of Health in Bogota, Colombia, April 26 2016. File photo by Leonardo Munoz/EPA

Genetic causes for high cholesterol are rare – study

Apr 04, 2016 - 8:15 PM

A lot of other causes can lead to high bad cholesterol such as poor diet and lack of exercise

NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 13: A mans finger is pricked to test his cholesterol at the City of Newark's free homeless health fair at the Department of Child and Family Well-Being on August 13, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. The Department of Child and Family Well-Being in partnership with other health organizations gave free medical examinations to the homeless including screening for high blood pressure, cancer, and diabetes. Rick Gershon/Getty Images/AFP

Gene-editing is Science mag's breakthrough of 2015

Dec 18, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Many are excited about the superior ability of CRISPR to deliver a gene to the right spot compared to its genome editing competitors – as well as the technique s low cost and ease of use says the journal Science

INFOGRAPHIC: 5 ways to fight asthma

Dec 07, 2015 - 2:50 PM

Asthma can strike at any time Here are a few ways you can cope with it

'Invincible' bacteria threatens global epidemic – study

Nov 19, 2015 - 3:01 PM

The discovery could herald a virtual return to the Dark Ages with doctors unable to control common germs

Edited image showing Color-enhanced scanning electron micrograph showing Salmonella Typhimurium (red) invading cultured human cells. Original image from Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIH

Is it asthma?

Oct 20, 2015 - 5:55 PM

Asthma affects around 1 in 8 Filipinos Learn more about it and how to manage it

Gene Simmons' home searched in child porn probe – report

Aug 21, 2015 - 10:45 PM

The KISS star s home was searched but Gene Simmons and his family are not suspects in the case

US manhunt over after second escaped NY inmate captured

Jun 29, 2015 - 7:54 AM

David Sweat s capture wraps up a huge manhunt that saw hundreds of law enforcement officers working around the clock after Sweat and Richard Matt busted out on June 6

DAVID SWEAT. Photo from the New York State Poilice

US scientists take step toward blood test for suicide

Aug 01, 2014 - 11:48 AM

With a test like ours notes lead author Zachary Kaminsky we may be able to stem suicide rates by identifying those people and intervening early enough to head off a catastrophe

The invisible matchmaker

Jun 06, 2014 - 8:15 AM

[Science Solitaire] What makes us marry a certain person? The answer may lie in our genes

Study: Autism risk is half genetic, half environmental

May 04, 2014 - 11:27 PM

Genes and environmental factors both play a role in the causes of autism

Scientists reverse memory loss in mice with Alzheimer's

Apr 24, 2014 - 11:11 AM

The gene therapy study is hoped to lead to the development of new drugs to treat the incurable disease

Scientists find key 'fat gene'

Mar 13, 2014 - 6:28 AM

A gene called IRX3 and unlocking how this gene works may eventually explain why some people are more prone to obesity than others

IRX3. Geneticists say a gene called dubbed IRX3 may offer a possible target for drugs to fight obesity.

Double mastectomy wiser for telltale gene – study

Feb 12, 2014 - 10:54 AM

Women diagnosed with breast cancer caused by a notorious gene have a much better survival chance if they have both breasts removed instead of one says a study

CANCER UP CLOSE. A scanned image of a breast carcinoma tissue stained to test for the presence of abnormal copies of the HER2 gene, viewed at 40x magnification. Quintiles Transnational handout/EPA/14 Sept 2009

Lost in the wild: 72-year-old Pinoy ate squirrels to survive

Oct 26, 2013 - 8:27 AM

Peñaflor gets stranded in the Mendocino National Forest after hitting his head and falling into a ditch He survives with only a knife gun lighter and water