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Inside ALS

While we do not have a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), researchers are attempting to understand the mechanisms that cause nerve cell death in the disease. This video from Nature describes our current understanding of how ALS damages the ability for DNA to repair itself.

  • What the CRISPR Embryo Editing Study Really Taught Us

    With the rapid advancement of CRISPR technology, it is easy to become confused with just what the science has told us about the new frontier of gene editing. This new video from SciShow breaks down just what we learned from the recent U.S. use of CRISPR/Cas9 to edit human embryos to prevent hypertrophic myocardiopathy (HCM). 

  • The Impact of Genetic Testing

    What if matching a cancer cure to our genetic code was easy? The promise of precision medicine is to deliver the right treatments at the right time, every time, to the right person. This video by Time explains how precision medicine is going to revolutionize the way healthcare is delivered to patients.

  • Regulation of the Understudied Kinome

    Gary Johnson, Ph.D., chair and professor in the department of pharmacology at UNC, whose laboratory is part of the IDG technology development group, discusses some of his current research in a video published by GEN's eXpertTech Druggable Genome series.

  • Biologists Reveal the Hidden History of Books

    Researchers are now able to use non-destructive methods to learn more about a book than just what’s written in it. In this video from Science, a 12th-century codex reveals data on wildlife management, DNA of some readers, and human-born bacteria.

  • What Makes Dogs So Friendly? Study Finds Genetic Link to Super Out-Going People

    Science covers a study that linked genes to a behavioral trait the researchers think was pivotal to dog domestication. Are the same genes involved in human Williams-Beuren syndrome also involved in the sociability in dogs?

  • Moving Pictures to DNA

    Eadweard Muybridge’s famous horse locomotion motion-picture sequence was recently encoded onto DNA using CRISPR technology. In this video from Harvard Medical School, George Church, Ph.D., and Seth Shipman, Ph.D., explain how they engineered the technology that enables the chronological recording of digital information in living bacteria.

  • Astronauts Use Gecko-Inspired Grippers

    Watch astronauts play catch with a gecko-inspired gripper by Science Robotics. Engineers are building grippers inspired by the bottoms of gecko feet—and are testing it for space in NASA’s zero-gravity aircraft and have sent it to the International Space Station. They think the grippers could help automate repair processes and may be useful in future projects clearing up space debris cluttering Earth’s orbit.

  • Repairing the Eardrum: The Sound of Self-Healing

    Ruptured eardrums are relatively common. Fortunately, small tears usually heal by themselves. But some large tears need to be repaired by a surgeon. This animation shows how a new tissue-engineering technique could make that process much easier and cheaper. The technique uses a scaffold and growth factor to stimulate the eardrum’s own cells to grow over the tear.

  • 3D Printed Bionic Hands Trial Begins

    This video by the BBC covers the world's first clinical trial of 3D printed bionic hands for child amputees that started this week in Bristol. They are made by a South Gloucestershire company which only launched four years ago. If the trial is successful the hands will become available on the NHS, bringing life-changing improvements for patients.

  • Hunting for Ebola among the Bats of the Congo

    Could the hammer-headed fruit bat be the answer to one of virology's dark mysteries? Where does the deadly Ebola virus lurk? In this video by Science, Biologists trap and sample giant fruit bats, the suspected reservoir of the deadly virus.

  • Scientists Warn of Sleepless Nights in a Warming World

    By 2050 climate change may make restless nights more frequent.  A 1°C increase could spell 110 million more restless nights for Americans. This video by Science shows how the conclusion was made from the largest study yet on sleep and temperature.

  • The Brain Fights West Nile Virus in an Unexpected Way

    Insect-transmitted viruses like Powassan and West Nile virus may cause neurological complications. UW Medicine scientists explain their work on how the brain fends off a West Nile virus infection. A trigger that, in other cells, sets off cell death, actually protects infected brain cells and instead calls up the body's defenses to try to clear the infection.

  • The Riskiest Vaccine

    In this video, Meredith Wadman, a reporter for Science magazine, sits down and gives the real facts about the current state of vaccination—it saves lives. In particular, she takes aim at the Anti-Vaxxers in reporting that the federal Vaccine Court has never found a case of vaccination causing autism. 

  • The Mystery of Mosquito Flight

    For a long time, insect flight was a mystery: How do they stay aloft with large bodies and small wings? For mosquitos, the puzzle is slightly different: How do they fly while moving their wings through only a small angle with each flap? This Nature video finally solves this aerodynamic problem.

  • Inside ALS

    While we do not have a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), researchers are attempting to understand the mechanisms that cause nerve cell death in the disease. This video from Nature describes our current understanding of how ALS damages the ability for DNA to repair itself.

  • DNA: Past to Present 2017

    National DNA Day is not only a celebration of the structure and sequence of the double-helix, but also the tireless commitment of researchers to understand the complexities of our genetic blueprint. As we revel in all things DNA, the GEN editorial staff has assembled a brief video timeline highlighting significant dates in DNA discovery.

  • SHERLOCK: Detecting Disease with CRISPR

    Dr. Feng Zhang and other researchers from the Broad Institute have developed a new tool to complement CRISPR technology. SHERLOCK (specific high-sensitivity enzymatic reporter unlocking) is a CRISPR enzyme that can be used to detect as little as a single molecule of target RNA or DNA. It has vast potential in molecular diagnostics.

  • Hunting Microbe Wields a “Gatling Gun” Harpoon

    Single-celled organisms have intricate microscopic weapons evolved for capturing prey, as this video from Science illustrates.

  • Immunology Wars: Monoclonal Antibodies

    Our immune systems are at war with cancer. This animation from the journal Nature reveals how monoclonal antibodies can act as valuable reinforcements to shore up our defenses–and help battle cancer.

  • Stop-Motion Microscopy

    A team of researchers recently released an open-source software program that allows microscopes to automatically track and record specimens over time. As shown in this Science movie, the team used their program to capture film of A. thaliana roots growing (both vertically and on a rotating plate) and the cells inside growing zebrafish embryos.