In 2015, two doctors at New York City’s Mount Sinai-Beth Israel Medical Center were examining a patient’s bile duct when they noticed something curious: a network of fluid-filled cavities within the tissue layer that was not consistent with any previously described anatomy. Further research revealed that these cavities can be found throughout the human body and, as Rachael Rettner of Live Science reports, scientists at New York University’s School of Medicine believe the anatomical discovery should be classified as a new organ.
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For nearly two years now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has been quietly giving the go-ahead to a handful of crops that have been genetically engineered using CRISPR. Editing the DNA of people and animals may be controversial, but when it comes to plants, the agency has taken the stance that as long as the gene-edited plants don’t include any foreign genetic material, CRISPR’d crops aren’t subject to special regulation. Continue reading The USDA Just Gave the Green Light to CRISPR’d Food →