crispr train 12/6/17

Video: Explaining CRISPR gene editing with a toy train

When people refer to Crispr, they're probably talking about Crispr-Cas9, a complex of enzymes and genetic guides that together finds ...
GMO nitrogen-fixing microbes could one day help plants fertilize themselves

GMO nitrogen-fixing microbes could one day help plants fertilize themselves

Peanuts, peas, and many types of beans are climate-friendly because they basically make their own fertilizer. They play host to ...
23andMe chasing Parkinson’s clues through genomic data mining

23andMe chasing Parkinson’s clues through genomic data mining

In 2015, 23andMe began inking lucrative research agreements with pharma giants like Genentech and Pfizer, in addition to launching its own R&D ...
'Mosquito factory' churns out sterile males produced without genetic modification to fight Zika

‘Mosquito factory’ churns out sterile males produced without genetic modification to fight Zika

100,000 live mosquitoes, all male, all incapable of producing offspring [are released daily in Fresno, California]. … Though counterintuitive, the ...
Carnivores beware: Meat allergies skyrocketing thanks to lone star tick

Carnivores beware: Meat allergies skyrocketing thanks to lone star tick

In the last decade and a half, thousands of previously protein-loving Americans have developed a dangerous allergy to meat. And ...
CRISPR needs 'global consensus' in fight to ameliorate diseases

CRISPR needs ‘global consensus’ in fight to ameliorate diseases

[A]t WIRED’s 2017 Business Conference in New York, Jennifer Doudna said it was...Crispr custom-designed human offspring that made her take ...
Sensationalism or news? Was journal right to publish CRISPR 'off-target mutations' study?

Sensationalism or news? Was journal right to publish CRISPR ‘off-target mutations’ study?

[When] doctors from Columbia, Stanford, and the University of Iowa published a one-page letter to the editor of Nature Methods describing...2,000 unintended ...
Tree vaccine: 'Weaponized' GM virus could save Florida citrus industry from greening disease

Tree vaccine: ‘Weaponized’ GM virus could save Florida citrus industry from greening disease

Florida’s citrus growers are running out of time. Since 2005, when a deadly disease called citrus greening first showed up ...
Rigging natural selection: Fight against Zika requires mosquito genes that resist mutations

Rigging natural selection: Fight against Zika requires mosquito genes that resist mutations

Of the many great things promised by Crispr gene editing technology, the ability to eliminate disease by modifying organisms might ...
770,000 spit samples yield genetic map of America's post-colonial migrations

770,000 spit samples yield genetic map of America’s post-colonial migrations

Using more than 770,000 spit samples taken from their customers over the last five years, researchers [at the genealogy company ...
Unintended consequences? Genetic engineering innovation stifled by Toxic Substances Control Act

Unintended consequences? Genetic engineering innovation stifled by Toxic Substances Control Act

[L]ast summer Congress issued reforms to the Toxic Substances Control Act, a 30 year old law governing how the EPA ...
Promise by GENOs start-up to sequence more genes may not mean more helpful information

Promise by GENOs start-up to sequence more genes may not mean more helpful information

Who will be the Apple of individualized genomics? The latest contender is Genos, a genetic sequencing startup that is unveiling ...
Stem cell therapy may enter era of "Inject and see what happens"

Stem cell therapy may enter era of “Inject and see what happens”

According to Congress, the logical way [to bring revolutionary treatments to patients sooner] is the 21st Century Cures Act, a ...
From caution to urgency: Climate change, poverty prompting Tanzanians to reconsider GMOs

From caution to urgency: Climate change, poverty prompting Tanzanians to reconsider GMOs

...In the last 18 months, unusually high temperatures and a brutal El Niño have punished many parts of Africa with ...

Fear, confusion block acceptance of potentially life saving GMO goat milk

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. . . . .[S]cientists ...