Science Magazine recently reported on the Top Scientific Breakthroughs of 2015, and on this episode of Science Studio, we'll learn about two of them: CRISPR Gene Editing Technology, and Reproducibility in Psychology.
Charlotte Vines and Colin Bill of the UTEP Department of Biological Sciences, tell us how CRISPR allows scientists to deliberately edit DNA to stop the expression of a particular protein. Drs. Vines and Bill are attempting to use this technology to knock out a gene that sends T-cell leukemias into the brains of children where they are virtually undetectable and untreatable with chemotherapy.
Dr. Lawrence Cohn of the UTEP Psychology Department explains the variability of research findings in the field of psychology. Various research groups often try to replicate the same study, yet there is much variability in their findings. Dr. Cohn explores the causes behind the variability.
Aired Jan. 17, 2016.