1-15-2018 CRISPR-dna-editing

Viewpoint: We can’t afford to let ethical questions blunt the potential of CRISPR gene editing

With CRISPR, there is no doubt that there are multiple very concerning implications to the technology. Should humans actually alter ...
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EU braces for landmark decision on whether CRISPR, other New Plant Breeding Techniques will be regulated as GMOs

UPDATE: The European Court of Justice's advocate general has said gene editing technologies should be largely exempted from EU laws ...
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‘Sabotage’ of field trials by anti-GMO activists causes seed company to reconsider research in France

Limagrain, the world’s fourth-largest seed maker, will consider moving its research activities out of France if field trials in its ...
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Have ‘bio-citizens’ pushed us to a regulatory turning point?

[We are at the beginning of] an upstart revolution where citizens are deciding not to wait around for a cure ...
Preventing GMO gene flow: Scientists design synthetic species that can't breed with wild counterparts

Preventing GMO gene flow: Scientists design synthetic species that can’t breed with wild counterparts

Genetically modified organisms could potentially do a lot of good for the world, like ending the spread of diseases, or maybe ...
1-11-2018 Genetic engineering, GMO and Gene manipulation concept. Hand is inserting sequence of DNA.

CRISPR could be the answer to genetic engineering’s prayers

Since its introduction four decades ago, genetic engineering has been a source of high hopes for health, agriculture, and industry ...
CRISPR crops—exempt from GMO regulations—reaching US market in record time

CRISPR crops—exempt from GMO regulations—reaching US market in record time

CRISPR–Cas9-edited plants can be cultivated and sold free from regulation, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making increasingly clear ...
Public embrace of CRISPR gene editing key to future of agriculture

Public embrace of CRISPR gene editing key to future of agriculture

The process of producing food, protecting the environment, and improving animal health is advancing at a seemingly breakneck pace. These ...
Reversing aging in the elderly? Cells derived from skin of old mice show it may be possible

Reversing aging in the elderly? Cells derived from skin of old mice show it may be possible

Researchers at Instituto de Medicina Molecular (iMM) João Lobo Antunes have found that manipulating a single RNA molecule is enough ...
Can CRISPR gene-edited 'terminator bulls' revolutionize the beef industry?

Can CRISPR gene-edited ‘terminator bulls’ revolutionize the beef industry?

After a year of trying, [Australian geneticist Alison Van Eenennaam's lab at the University of California succeeded in using] the ...
Potential CRISPR setback jolts investors, but researchers say there's no need to panic

Potential CRISPR setback jolts investors, but researchers say there’s no need to panic

On [January 8], the world of science awoke to news that suddenly cast uncomfortable doubt on many of the past ...
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CRISPR setback? Our immune system may attack the treatment used with the popular gene editor

A new paper points to a previously unknown hurdle for scientists racing to develop therapies using the revolutionary genome-editing tool ...
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CAR-T gene therapy treatments may fall short of corrective goals, requiring surgical gene editing

For decades, researchers, some physicians, and a few patients have had visions of treatments that would go in and fix ...
1-7-2018 puppy

Dog DNA could be man’s best friend: Clone of gene-edited dog aids human heart disease research

With his black, brown and white fur, Longlong looks like most beagles. But the puppy has been sick with a ...
Is President Trump pro-GMO?

Is President Trump pro-GMO?

“We are streamlining regulations that have blocked cutting-edge biotechnology, setting free our farmers to innovate, thrive, and to grow,” Trump told a ...
Can CRISPR gene editing save chocolate from extinction?

Can CRISPR gene editing save chocolate from extinction?

Beyond the glittery glass-and-sandstone walls of the University of California’s new biosciences building, rows of tiny green cacao seedlings in ...
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Lou Gehrig’s disease might be treatable using CRISPR

University of California, Berkeley scientists have for the first time used CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to disable a defective gene that ...
Popular Cavendish banana heading towards extinction, with GMO and gene edited varieties only viable saviors

Popular Cavendish banana heading towards extinction, with GMO and gene edited varieties only viable saviors

We are in the age of the Cavendish, a banana cultivar that accounts for 99 percent of imports to the Western world. But ...
Improving the health of dairy cows using gene edited breeding–What are the issues?

Improving the health of dairy cows using gene edited breeding–What are the issues?

How society regards the use of genetic modification and genome editing can have a significant influence on how these technologies ...
Beyond GMOs: Gene editing's potential to transform food and farming depends on public acceptance

Beyond GMOs: Gene editing’s potential to transform food and farming depends on public acceptance

[The following is part of a letter from the editor of MIT Technology Review, David Rotman.] Decades of fretting over the ...
12-31-2017 hearing-loss

Hearing loss linked to single mutation might be treatable with gene editing

When David Liu first heard about a strain of mouse from his colleague Zheng-Yi Chen, he got excited. The mice ...
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Looking back at 2017’s genetics breakthroughs

It was a big year for the building blocks of life. Here were the most significant breakthroughs in genetics research ...
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Should it matter if the public is wary of gene editing and human enhancement?

A survey of people in the US and 10 European nations found opposition to some forms of gene editing for ...
How CRISPR gene editing is revolutionizing the world–and why we need to cautious about it

How CRISPR gene editing is revolutionizing the world–and why we need to cautious about it

Until recently, gene editing used to be relegated to science fiction novels and movies. The idea of being able to ...
Why 2018 might not be a banner year for CRISPR gene editing in humans

Why 2018 might not be a banner year for CRISPR gene editing in humans

Ever since scientists first used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit living human cells in 2013, they’ve been saying that the possibilities for ...
Will new wave of gene-edited crops ease public fear of GMO food?

Will new wave of gene-edited crops ease public fear of GMO food?

To many scientists, the potential of gene editing seems nearly limitless, offering a new way to rapidly create plants that ...
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Navigating the ‘promise and peril’ of bioengineering

We’re standing on the threshold of extraordinary capability in synthetic biology. CRISPR-Cas9, the genome editing technique discovered in 2014, is ...
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Personalized piglets could offer insights into disease progression in children

To better understand [incurable inherited disease neurofibromatosis type 1, Charles] Konsitzke learned, you need a species that’s closer in both ...