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Neanderthal genes could explain the shape of our skulls, study finds

by Jack Guy, CNN

Humans have unusually globular (or round) skulls and brains compared to our ancient ancestors — including our closest extinct cousins the Neanderthals — and a new study provides a possible explanation as to why.

For the first time, an interdisciplinary team of scientists have identified two genes that affect the shape of the modern human’s skull — and they originate from Neanderthals.

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China completes first human trial with CRISPR-edited genes

by Timothy J. Seppala, Engadget

There’s still a ton of research and testing to do before this cancer treatment goes mainstream, though.

As predicted, it happened: On October 28th, Chinese oncologists at Sichuan University were the first in the world to insert CRISPR-modified cells into a patient suffering from an aggressive form of lung cancer, according to Nature. The journal reports that this first round of treatment in a safety trial went well enough to warrant a second injection of the Cas9-edited cells, and that nine more people will undergo the treatments in the future. From there, the patients will be monitored for at least six months, if not longer, to “determine whether the injections are causing serious adverse effects.” Continue reading China completes first human trial with CRISPR-edited genes