‘Semi-synthetic’ organism expands DNA base alphabet

‘Semi-synthetic’ organism expands DNA base alphabet

Every living thing on Earth stores the instructions for life as DNA, using the four genetic bases A, G, C, ...
Why personal genetics company Helix sparks intense criticism

Why personal genetics company Helix sparks intense criticism

It can’t be good when America’s most famous cardiologist, one with 114,000 Twitter followers, posts to social media that your ...
Synthetic bionics: E. coli pills could boost body's ability to absorb ammonia in the gut

Synthetic bionics: E. coli pills could boost body’s ability to absorb ammonia in the gut

Synlogic of Cambridge, Massachusetts, the company behind the unusual study, is testing what it calls “synthetic biotics,” or bacteria engineered ...
CRISPR ear injections repair genetic hearing loss in mice

CRISPR ear injections repair genetic hearing loss in mice

We all know that CRISPR is the next big thing in gene-editing treatments. But how do you get the versatile genetic scissors ...
Human embryoids push bioethical boundaries

Human embryoids push bioethical boundaries

Scientists are using stem cells to create clumps of cells that increasingly resemble bits of brain, lungs, or intestine. […] ...
Muscular dystrophy 'death sentence' targeted by gene therapy trials

Muscular dystrophy ‘death sentence’ targeted by gene therapy trials

[T]hree U.S. teams say they are ready to try to treat Duchenne [Muscular Dystrophy] with gene therapy. The first study ...
Hacking frontier? Corrupted DNA used to seize control of computer

Hacking frontier? Corrupted DNA used to seize control of computer

In what appears to be the first successful hack of a software program using DNA, researchers say malware they incorporated ...
China syndrome: Genome sequencing gives parents a glimpse of their babies’ genetic risks—for a price

China syndrome: Genome sequencing gives parents a glimpse of their babies’ genetic risks—for a price

A Boston-based DNA sequencing company is offering to decode the complete genomes of newborns in China, leading some to ask ...
Controversial CRISPR paper blasted by gene-editing companies Editas Medicine, Intellia Therapeutics

Controversial CRISPR paper blasted by gene-editing companies Editas Medicine, Intellia Therapeutics

Two gene-editing companies are hitting back at a scientific publication that caused their stocks to plummet, calling it wrong, filled ...
Should we use genetically modified astronauts to reach Mars?

Should we use genetically modified astronauts to reach Mars?

At the International Astronautical Congress last September, in Guadalajara, Mexico, Elon Musk convinced many die-hard space engineers he could get a ...
Synthetic conservation: Gene drives could revive extinct animals, protect endangered species, knock out pests

Synthetic conservation: Gene drives could revive extinct animals, protect endangered species, knock out pests

Scientists working in coördination with a U.S. conservation group say they’ve established an evolution-warping technology called a “gene drive” in ...
Are we ready for DIY (do-it-yourself) gene therapy?

Are we ready for DIY (do-it-yourself) gene therapy?

Brian Hanley, 60, is the founder of a one-man company called Butterfly Sciences...After encountering little interest from investors for his ...
From 2016 onwards: Gene therapy’s transition from idea to revolutionary medicine

From 2016 onwards: Gene therapy’s transition from idea to revolutionary medicine

For a few lucky patients, 2016 was the year when gene therapy turned from promises to cures. The technology...made big advances ...
Fight against Zika turns into money-driven contest between different eradication strategies

Fight against Zika turns into money-driven contest between different eradication strategies

The fight against dengue and Zika in Latin America is turning into a contest between mosquito-altering technologies, and between profits ...
CRISPR may hold key to curing muscular dystrophy

CRISPR may hold key to curing muscular dystrophy

At 24, Benjamin Dupree has outlived many people with Duchenne muscular dystrophy...Doctors say the disease is terminal, but they tell ...

Gene drive inventor will aggressively enforce his patent to ensure technique is used ethically

Kevin Esvelt has helped develop a technology called “gene drive”...Now he’s proposing the unprecedented step of using patents to require university scientists ...
How America's top bioterror cop patrols for warning signs of an attack

How America’s top bioterror cop patrols for warning signs of an attack

As a supervisory special agent in the weapons of mass destruction directorate in the FBI’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, [Edward You] ...
Gates Foundation doubling efforts to use CRISPR to create mosquito-killing technology

Gates Foundation doubling efforts to use CRISPR to create mosquito-killing technology

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation plans to double the sum it is spending to create a mosquito-killing technology that ...
Gene therapy breaking ground in treating Parkinson's disease

Gene therapy breaking ground in treating Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s patients who take the drug levodopa, or L-Dopa, are inevitably disappointed...[when,] over time[,] the drug becomes less effective... A ...
Gene therapy recovery drug for $665,000 offered with money back guarantee

Gene therapy recovery drug for $665,000 offered with money back guarantee

A gene therapy will be offered for sale in Europe with a money-back guarantee, according to GlaxoSmithKline, the company commercializing ...

23andMe mobilizes its massive genome database to unravel depression clues

A scientific expedition into the DNA of more than 400,000 customers of gene-testing company 23andMe has uncovered the first major ...
Crowdfunded DIY biologists learning genetic engineering not so easy

Crowdfunded DIY biologists learning genetic engineering not so easy

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The Glowing Plant project...has ...

Napster founder funding CRISPR use in cancer research, wants to make science available to all

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The first proposed test ...
Gene therapy now consistently and effectively treating hemophilia

Gene therapy now consistently and effectively treating hemophilia

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Bill Maurits has hemophilia ...

Inadequate tools, religious implications among concerns regarding genome synthesis project

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. More than 130 scientists, ethicists, ...
Monsanto's anti-aging technology could prolong life of fresh flowers, reduce waste

Monsanto’s anti-aging technology could prolong life of fresh flowers, reduce waste

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Monsanto is working on ...
Geneticists have plans to build synthetic human genome: Here's what you need to know

Geneticists have plans to build synthetic human genome: Here’s what you need to know

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The biggest beneficiary of ...

Genetic mutation linked to heart attacks inspires new drugs

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. When Sean Harper took ...