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Are We About To See A Black Hole?

Enlarge this image A jet emanating from galaxy M87 can be seen in this July 6, 2000, photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. J.A. Biretta, Hubble Heritage Team/NASA hide caption toggle caption J.A. Biretta, Hubble Heritage Team/NASA If there is one thing science is good for, it’s going to extremes. A lot of science’s history is just one story after another of people figuring out how to do something that, just a few years before, was thought to be impossible. The impossible was heavy on my mind last Wednesday…

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Editing Embryo DNA Yields Clues About Early Human Development

Enlarge this image Kathy Niakan, a developmental biologist at the Francis Crick Institute in London, used the CRISPR gene editing technique to find out how a gene affects the growth of human embryos. Courtesy of The Francis Crick Institute hide caption toggle caption Courtesy of The Francis Crick Institute For the first time, scientists have edited the DNA in human embryos to make a fundamental discovery about the earliest days of human development. By modifying a key gene in very early-stage embryos, the researchers demonstrated that a gene plays a…

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