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A new technique for “biocontainment” of GMOs may allow the technology to be used to make microbes for uses ranging from producing yogurt to cleaning up toxic waste. (Peggy Greb photo courtesy ARS/USDA)

Scientists create ‘genetic firewall’ for new forms of life

New York | Reuters — A year after creating organisms that use a genetic code different from every other living thing, two teams of scientists have achieved another “synthetic biology” milestone: They created bacteria that cannot survive without a specific manmade chemical, potentially overcoming a major obstacle to wider use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). […] Read more

Will starving yourself help you live longer? Maybe not

Reading Time: < 1 minute food file The longevity diet’s premise is seductively simple: cutting your calorie intake well below your usual diet will add years to your life. But new research shows the extreme, emaciating diet doesn’t increase lifespan in rhesus monkeys, the closest human relatives to try it in a rigorous, long-running study. While caveats remain, outside experts […] Read more